Senior Food Program


The Senior Food Program is a federal program that provides monthly food packages to eligible low-income senior citizens aged 60 and over.The Food Bank administers the program and distributes USDA-provided food at 40 distribution sites every month throughout San Diego County.This program provides monthly food packages to eligible low-income senior citizens aged 60 and over.


How to sign up for the program

1) Call 2-1-1 to see if you qualify – Seniors Income Guidelines

Call 2-1-1, the county social services information hotline, to see if you qualify for the program. If you qualify, the 2-1-1 operator will give you the location and hours of your nearest food distribution site based on your zip code. You can also contact the 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 (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.

Senior Food Program 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:

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.

Volunteer Opportunities-

Do you want to make a difference on people and in the community? Are you talkative, friendly and enjoy making others feel good? Do you want to be more involved in the community by helping to distribute food to low income seniors and having an impact on their lives? If you answered yes, then we have an awesome opportunity for you!  Click here to find out how to get more involved.