Bodega Day

Bodega Day

Every Thursday at the Casa is “Bodega (Grocery) Day.”  Families obtain a ticket from the Social Service office, and bring a bag to fill.

In many cases, this bag of groceries may be all the food the family has for the week.

The families typically receive:

  • A kilo of beans
  • bodegaday22 or 3 loaves of day-old bread
  • Rice
  • Miscellaneous cans of food, depending on what’s been donated
  • Maybe small potatoes or squash
  • Backyard fruit that’s been donated

It’s a treat for the visitors to the Casa to receive fresh fruits and vegetables!






Please help us feed the poor of Tijuana on Bodega Day each week!

  1. Please send your donation to:  Casa de Los Pobres USA, P.O Box 9596
    San Diego, CA 92169
  2. NEW!  Donate ONLINE by credit card or PayPal!
  3. Questions:

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46 thoughts on “Bodega Day

  1. Hi! What’s the current status on donations? I’m a native from Tijuana and currently live in the US. I go to TJ every quarter. Do you know what we can bring when we come there to help out? Thanks!

    • Hi Miriam, Thank you for asking! Currently, the Casa needs:

      – STAPLE FOOD ITEMS (beans, rice, tuna, peanut butter)
      – BLANKETS
      – Children’s socks, children’s vitamins, baby Tylenol, and non-prescription items for babies and children
      – Diapers, soap

      Thank you so much for supporting the people of the Casa de los Pobres. May God bless you for your kindness.

  2. Hola, me gustaría apadrinar a un niño(a), para sus estudios en la escuela, hay alguna opción como en otros lugares dónde pueda una interactuar con el niño(a) por medio de fotos,cartas o tarjetas en Navidad, cumpleaños o día del niño?
    Gracias y Bendiciones para todos ellos y ustedes.

  3. Hola buenas tardes,

    vivo en los angeles ca, viajo a Tijuana cada mes de paseo. Me gustaria saber si puedo donar ropita de nina de 6mese- 3anos. que puedo donar? tengo zapatos, camisetas que se abrochan entre piernitas, vestidos, sueteres, pantalonsillos, blusas. Me puede desir que aceptan esta en super buenas condiciones. Si acaso una puesta. Muchas gracias

    • Mayra,
      ¡gracias por preguntar! La Casa dará la bienvenida a sus donaciones de ropa para niños. Puede dejar los artículos de lunes a viernes en:
      Genova 6511, Altamira, 22054 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

    • ¡Gracias por preguntar! Si puede dejar sus donaciones de ropa usada en la Casa de Los Pobres en Tijuana, la ropa sería bienvenida. Es muy difícil para nosotros transportar ropa a través de la frontera. Así que llevarlo en su automóvil privado será lo mejor.

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  6. Would you accept used shoes and clothing if we hand deliver them to your facility in Tijuana? I have a lot of boy shoes and clothing ranging from age 1- age 3

    • Hi Berenice,
      Yes, if you can get shoes and clothing (all cleaned and in good condition) to the Casa, they will gladly accept them Monday through Friday. Thank you for asking!

  7. Hello, i work for a youth center in Los Angeles. We have alot of clothes, some toys and blankets that we would like to donate to your organization. We want to help as many people as we can.

    • Thank you Miguel for asking. You can drop off toys and blankets at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. Just leave your donations at the door. Currently, we aren’t able to transport used clothing across the border.

  8. Tengo ropa usada y zapatos de mujer para donar. A uds le sirve y la reciben? De ser afirmativo a donde poder llevarlos? Gracias!

    • Gracias por preguntar. Desafortunadamente, es muy difícil conseguir la ropa más usada a través de la frontera. Solo podemos aceptar chaquetas y suéteres abrigados en buenas condiciones, calcetines nuevos y zapatos resistentes (sin tacones).

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  12. Hello!

    I am planning to gather some people and hopefully donate a truck load of food/clothing to your organization in La Jolla some time in July. What type of clothing is acceptable and what days may you accept the clothing as I was planning to do this on a weekend.

    Thank you 🙂

    • Dear Mr Alvaraez,

      Thank you for emailing us regarding your kind collection of food and clothing. Unfortunately we are unable to accept used clothing at this time. The Mexican authorities will not allow us to take used clothing across the border in the Casa truck.. They have prohibited this for several years now. We are able to take new clothing and new shoes. We can take used linens and blankets as long as they are in very good condition. The children in Tijuana start school again in late August will need new shoes and school supplies, so that is a possibility. Food is always welcome and is distributed every Thursday in the Bodega or taken to the outlying Colonias. I am able to accept donations on any day.

      Blessings to you, Pat Erzinger

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  14. Hola estoy llendo a San Diego de Los Angeles temprano y tengo dos maletines de ropa tanto de mujer , niños y de hombres , voy temprano a las 7:30 am puedo dejar la ropa en La Jolla?
    Gracias de antemano

    • ¡gracias por preguntar Marco! Podemos aceptar ropa limpia y doblada en cualquier momento en la dirección de La Jolla (6432 Cardeno Drive 92037). Puedes dejar los artículos en la puerta de entrada.

  15. Hello, I would like to donate a large amount of clothing for men and women including jackets and sweaters, shoes etc.

    Please let me know if I can deliver directly in Tijuana.

    Thank you.

    • Dear Carmina.

      Thank you for your offer to donate used clothing to the Casa de los Pobres in Tijuana directly. The Casa certainly needs the clothing which the truck is not able to take across the boarder because of Mexican rules. I would advise not to pack your car too heavily because you may then be stopped by the Mexican “inspection” officers. A possible idea is to pack some of your items in suitcases. Then it will appear as if you are traveling in Mexico. Thank you and good luck.

      Blessings, Pat Erzinger

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  18. Hello, I would like to donate food. I was wondering if I can drop it off in La Jolla location. Thank you, Lourdes

    • Thank you Lourdes for asking! Yes, we gratefully accept food donations at 6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla 92037. Any unexpired canned goods (including beans, tuna, spam, canned milk), peanut butter, oatmeal, sugar, flour, rice, and any extra backyard fruit are always welcome. The truck comes from the Casa every Tuesday (except in August) for pickup.

    • Gracias por su interés en ser voluntario para la Casa ti. Las comidas se sirven de lunes a viernes, y la clínica está abierta durante la semana, junto con otros servicios. Los voluntarios son bienvenidos para ayudar de lunes a viernes.

    • Nayeli, thank you for contacting the Casa de Los Pobres USA. The Casa de los Pobres in Tijuana will reopen on September 1, as it is closed for cleaning and repairs during the month of August. The address of the Casa in Tijuana is: Calle Genova 6511 Col Altamira, C.P 2205 Tijuana, B.C. Mexico. The Casa is located on the top of 10th AVe., and is not very far from the border. The Casa serves a hearty breakfast Monday through Friday (except in August). A bag of groceries may be available on Thursdays (except in August) which is Bodega Day. Please visit the Casa on September 1, and talk to the Social Service Office about qualifying for assistance.

    • Thank you for asking! It is difficult to take clothing across the border, but we are able to transport some in the trunks of private cars. We can accept women’s warm jackets and sweaters, but no other women’s clothing.

      All clothing must be clean, ironed, and folded as flat as possible to be transported in the trunks of private cars. Thank you for keeping the needs of the people of the Casa in your thoughts.

  19. Hello,
    I live in Los Angeles CA. I would like to donate my use clothes. I read on a earlier comment that you can only accept sweaters and jackets. Is this correct? I don’t have many of those. I’m willing to make a trip to Tijuana to drop the stuff of, which consists of skirts, jeans, long sleeves shirts, blouses, dresses, sweaters, shorts and one jacket. All these items are in good condition. Please advise.

    • Dear Elizabeth,

      Thank you for your kind inquiry about used women’s clothing for the Casa. If you are willing to take the clothes to the Casa yourself that will present no problem and would be wonderful. Be sure to put them in the trunk of your car. The Casa truck comes to my home each Tuesday to pick up donations of food, blankets, school supplies, etc. We are unable to take used clothing across the border in the truck as the Mexican guards do not allow this. The Casa is closed on Sunday so that would not be a good day for you to go. We appreciate your thinking of the Casa.

      Blessings to you, Pat Erzinger

    • Hola Martin, Gracias por su pregunta. Usted puede donar cualquier día de ropa en Tijuana en la Casa , o cualquier día en la recepción de boletas de La Jolla (6432 Cardeno Drive, La Jolla, Ca 92037). Ropa las únicas mujeres que podemos aceptar es : chaquetas de abrigo y suéteres. Toda la ropa (para La Jolla) debe estar limpia, planchada y doblada lo más plana posible.

  20. We will be visiting this Thursday as we arranged with Sister Armida
    Troy Kaji & Marguerita Fa-Kaji
    Daughters Hope & Gemma Fa-Kaji
    Horacio & Priscilla Morin
    And their daughter Emma.
    We look forward to visiting again after 10 years.

  21. I am in Tijuana every weekend and would like to stop by the location. The website says it is in the Alta Mira neighborhood, but what is tthe pecific address?

    • The address of the Casa in Tijuana is: Calle Genova 6511 Col Altamira, C.P 2205 Tijuana, B.C. Mexico. The Casa is located on the top of 10th AVe., and is not very far from the border. Bodega Day is every Thursday. The Casa is always closed on Sunday and on Saturday someone is usually there. The Casa is closed during the month of August for a thorough cleaning, repair work and vacations for the Sisters and workers. Sister Armida is usually around to supervise projects. The Convent for the Sisters in around the corner. I hope that this information is helpful.

      Blessings to you, Pat Erzinger

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