The Senior Food Program is a federal program that provides monthly supplemental food packages to income eligible senior citizens aged 60 and over. The Food Bank administers the program and distributes USDA-provided food at 37 distribution sites every month throughout San Diego County.
How to sign up for the program
1) You must first check your eligibility. Are you or anyone in the home at least 60 years of age or older and meet the household income? Check the Senior Income Guidelines (English and Spanish) for income eligibility.
Call the Food Bank 1-866-350-FOOD (3663) to check if you qualify for the program. If you qualify, the Food Bank representative will give you the location and hours of your nearest food distribution site based on your zip code.
2) Visit the food distribution site with the required documentation and sign up for the program.
You must bring these documents when you sign up:
- Photo ID
- Proof of Income (i.e. Social Security statement, pension statement, or bank statement)
- Proof of Address (i.e. Utility, Water, Phone Bill)
After signing up you will receive a food box and you will be entitled to receive a monthly food package from a site within your zip code on the allocated distribution day every month.
What types of food are 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.
Full list of Senior Food Program distribution sites
Click on the link below for a full list of the Senior Food Program’s distribution sites.
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 San Diego 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: www.sdcommute.com
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 Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free 1-866-632-9992 (Voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD) or 1-866-377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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