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Food Assistance


1 in 3 San Diegans doesn’t have enough food to feed their families. We can connect you to programs that help you and your family stay healthy and well-nourished such as CalFresh, local and regional food banks, emergency food services, the Women Infant Children (WIC) program, and more. If you need help getting food immediately, call 211. 

Public Benefit Programs 


CalFresh is a program funded by the USDA to help improve the health and nutrition of low-income families. CalFresh can stretch food dollars, allowing families and individuals to buy more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and other healthy foods. 

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Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 

The WIC program aims to improve the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care. 

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Restaurant Meals Program 

The Restaurant Meals Program allows elderly, disabled, and homeless individuals and their spouses receiving benefits to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) cards to purchase meals from participating restaurants. 

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Distribution Programs 

Food Banks 

Find drive-thru and walk-up food distribution services for anyone needing emergency food assistance. 

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Diaper Banks 

The San Diego Food Bank and its North County Food Bank chapter partner with dozens of nonprofit organizations to distribute diapers to families in need throughout San Diego County. 

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Summer Meals Program 

The Summer Food Service Program, also known as the Summer Meals Program, was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

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