Emergency Food Assistance Program


The Emergency Food Assistance Program is a federal program that provides monthly food packages to individuals and families who meet income guidelines set by the federal government (see below).The Food Bank administers the program and distributes USDA-provided food to nearly 100,000 individuals at more than 90 distribution sites every month throughout San Diego County. Participants on the program receive food once a month at a local distribution site in their area.

Income guidelines

To see if you meet the income guidelines for this program, please refer to the income chart below:

Emergency Food Assistance Program Income Guidelines
Household Size Monthly Household Income Annual Household Income
1 $ 1,436 $ 17,235
2 $ 1,939 $ 23,265
3 $ 2,441 $ 29,295
4 $ 2,994 $ 35,325
5 $ 3,446 $ 41,355
6 $ 3,949 $ 47,385
7 $ 4,451 $ 53,415
8 $ 4,954 $ 59,445
9 $ 5,456 $ 65,475
10 $ 5,959 $ 71,505
Over 10 add $ 503 each add $ 6,030 each


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How to sign up for the program

1) Call to see if you qualify, and get the address of your nearest distribution site.

To see if you qualify for the program, dial 2-1-1 on your phone to reach the county’s social services information hotline. If you qualify for the program based on the income guidelines outlined above, the 2-1-1 operator will give you the location of your nearest food distribution site based on your zip code. You can also contact the Food Bank’s toll free number at 1-866-350-FOOD (3663).

 2) Visit the food distribution site and sign up for the program.

Go to your nearest food distribution site. At the site you will be asked to give your name and address; state your household income; and state the number of people living in your household.


After signing up, you will be entitled to receive a monthly food package from the nearest distribution site within your zip code on the allocated food distribution day every month.

Typical food package

Food items vary from month to month. A typical EFAP bag will include: canned vegetables, canned soups, canned fruit juice, canned fruits, canned meats, spaghetti, rice, beans and frozen food items.

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