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TACO started in 1970’s as “Bread Day” by a few First Lutheran Church members. TACO became a separate not-for-profit organization in 1998. First Lutheran remains as the most significant partner to TACO. Beyond supporting TACO financially, First Lutheran allows use of its kitchen and patio to prepare food and feed guests, they also provide the use of offices for medical services, and to conduct social and legal services.

​We partner with the following groups and organizations:

  • UCSD School of Medicine

  • UCSD School of Pharmacy

  • Pre-Dental Society of San Diego

  • Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

  • Cal Western School of Law.

  • We partner with First Lutheran Church in our service to the community and in our call to social justice.

  • We partner with all the groups who come to volunteer to serve meals.

Our Church Partners


It is through the incredible caring and giving by many churches that we are able to continue the ministry that provides meals for more than 400 people every week, that hosts medical clinics for uninsured families, acupuncture clinics for the elderly and ill, dental clinics for those who cannot afford care, and legal services to those who need assistance with immigration, family law, consumer help, and public benefits, and that cares for those who are dying on the streets through Going Home End-of-Life services.


We are proud to partner with so many churches in this ministry. These churches have given of their hearts and hands in service. They thoughtfully donate:


  • Time as members have volunteered with us,

  • Talent by projects they do within their home congregations,

  • Treasure by giving. Either by designating us for benevolence within their church budget, or by raising funds from the congregation for a special gift or both.


Don't see your church named here? Email to find out how to make that happen.

For a brochure with more information about TACO and its mission, click here.

If you are a member of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, they can increase your donation to TACO by 50%! Click here for the form to be submitted with your donation to make it eligible for matching funds.

Click on the name of our partner churches listed here and you can find out more about their ministries.

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