Food Distribution Programs Operating During the Coronavirus Crisis
The San Diego Food Bank’s food distribution programs will continue to serve those in need throughout the duration of the Coronavirus crisis. Below are lists of our food distributions scheduled from Monday, June 1 to Saturday, June 6 and Monday, June 8 to Saturday, June 13.
Emergency Food Assistance Program
The San Diego Food Bank’s Emergency Food Assistance Program distributes emergency food packages at 90 different locations across San Diego County every month. The majority of the food distributed at these sites includes nonperishable and shelf-stable food items. To qualify for this program, your household must meet federal income guidelines (listed in the document of distribution locations).
Neighborhood Food Distribution Program
The Neighborhood Food Distribution Program distributes fresh produce and nonperishable food items at 19 distribution sites every month throughout San Diego County. The majority of the food distributed at these sites is fresh produce – fresh fruits and vegetables. ANYONE can receive food at a Neighborhood Distribution Program site. Identification cards ARE NOT required. There are NO INCOME restrictions for this program.
Senior Food Program
The Senior Food Program provides a monthly 35-pound box of food and a 2-pound block of cheese to senior citizens aged 60 and over who meet income guidelines. The Food Bank distributes food to 13,000 low-income senior citizens at 65 sites throughout San Diego County every month. PLEASE NOTE: ALL 65 Senior Food Program distribution sites will remain open throughout the Coronavirus crisis. No Senior Food Distributions are scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays. To qualify, seniors must meet the following income guidelines (in the attached document listing locations).
You must bring these documents with you when you sign up:
- Valid I.D. with Date of Birth
- Proof of Address (i.e. Utility, Water, Phone Bill)
Diaper Bank Program
The Diaper Bank Program is available for families struggling to make ends meet during this heightened time of need.
The Food Bank partners with nonprofit organizations throughout San Diego County to distribute emergency supplies of diapers to families with infants and toddlers who are facing financial hardship.
If you are a family in need of diapers for your infant or toddler, each distribution hub has different operating hours, and may have different eligibility criteria to receive diapers. Please reference our approved partner distributions sites list below.
Pandemic EBT | Get Help Buying Food While Schools are Closed
Because schools are closed due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits in addition to their pick up meals from school. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.
Q: How will families get their P-EBT benefits?
A: Most families with children who applied for CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits do not need to apply a second time to receive this card. They will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May.
P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020 through May 22, 2020.
Families with children who are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals and who do not get their
P-EBT card in the mail by May 22 must apply online before June 30, 2020. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.
Q: Can my child/children still receive grab-n-go meals from their school(s)?
A: Yes, your student can still pick up grab-n-go meals from school. This card is to provide additional support in addition to the free grab-n-go meals.
For more information about Pandemic EBT, please visit https://ca.p-ebt.org/info.
Additional Resources Available
If you are in need of additional resources such as assistance with housing or other food support, please connect with 2-1-1 San Diego, San Diego’s social services hotline, by calling 2-1-1 or visit 211sandiego.org.