Healthy Kids Choice today announced the 5th annual Candy Buy Back program in San Diego County.  From November 1st-8th, children who wish to bring in their excess, unopened Halloween candy to participating dentist and physician offices located around the county will receive $1 per pound. Collected candy will be sent as a gift to United States military service men and women serving our country overseas via Operation Gratitude. Families can cash in and “treat the troops” all the while supporting their children’s health.

“This program is a perfect fit for the San Diego community. We are very encouraged by the number of dentists and physicians who are volunteering to participate this year and are hopeful our local families will see the many benefits this program brings,” states Cheryl Moder, Director of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a program facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners.

How does the program work? After Halloween, participating dentists and physicians purchase the unopened candy from young trick-or-treaters for $1 per pound. Once they have collected the candy, the dentists and physicians coordinate with local shippers (many of which have agreed to ship the candy at no cost) to send it to Operation Gratitude to fill up thousands of care packages for the troops. For troop safety, Operation Gratitude works from the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California, to assemble the packages. Once completed, they are sent to service members overseas. Last year, more than 6,100 pounds of candy were collected in San Diego. This year the goal is to collect more than 8,000 pounds.

In exchange for their donated candy, children may receive healthy snacks, including fresh organic apples donated by Jimbo’s…Naturally! Complimentary snacks are based on availability.

Program partners include Healthy Kids Choice, Inc.; The San Diego Dental Society; The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a program facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners; Mailboxes and More; and That Place that Ships.

To find your local participating dentist, physician, or business, please visit