Private: Moms & Children Food Program

The Moms & Children Food Program is a federal program that provides monthly food packages to eligible low-income pregnant women, women 12 months postpartum, breast-feeding mothers and children under six years of age.The Food Bank administers the program and distributes USDA-provided food at 40 distribution sites every month throughout San Diego County.

Who is eligible

  • Pregnant women
  • Infants & children up to age six
  • Women 12 months postpartum

Program requirements

Program participants must:

  • Reside in San Diego County
  • Meet household income guidelines (see guidelines below)

Participants cannot be currently enrolled in the WIC Program. Federal regulations prohibit households from being enrolled in both the Moms & Children Program and the WIC Program.

This program provides monthly food packages to eligible low-income pregnant women, women 12 months postpartum, breast-feeding mothers and children under the age of 6.

How to sign up for the program

1) Call 2-1-1 to see if you qualify

Call 211, the county social services information hotline, to see if you qualify for the program. If you qualify, the 211 operator will give you the location and hours of your nearest food distribution site based on your zip code. You can also contact the San Diego Food Bank on 1-866-350-FOOD (3663).

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

You must bring these documents:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of Income
  • Birth Certificate (for children)
  • Proof of Pregnancy
  • Proof of Address (i.e. Utility, Water, Phone Bill)

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

What type of food is distributed?
Each participant receives one box of food a month. The box contains a variety of food including: reduced-fat milk, instant non-fat milk, canned meats, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, cheese, rice, pasta, fruit juice and cereal.

What happens once I am enrolled?

Once enrolled, applicants will be assigned a distribution date and location as well as a monthly calendar of future distributions.

If you miss a distribution please contact the Food Bank before the end of the month and you will be given the address of another distribution site in your area where you can receive a food box.

Public Transport Information

For public transit information call: 1-619-233-3004 or visit:

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 1-866-632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or 1-800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.