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).

Click here to view 2022 EFAP distribution sites.

The Food Bank administers the program and distributes USDA-provided food to more than 100,000 individuals at 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.

Click here to download the EFAP information flier.

Haga clic aquí para descargar el folleto informativo EFAP.

Income Guidelines

To receive food assistance through this program, you must meet set federal income guidelines determined by household size and household income. Please refer to the chart below to see if your household qualifies for the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Emergency Food Assistance Program Income Guidelines
Household Size      Monthly Household Income      Annual Household Income     
1 $ 2,522.33 $ 30,268
2 $ 3,411.42 $ 40,937
3 $ 4,300.50 $ 51,606
4 $ 5,189.58 $ 62,275
5 $ 6,078.67 $ 72,944
6 $ 6,967.75 $ 83,613
7 $ 7,856.83 $ 94,282
8 $ 8,745.92 $ 104,951
Each Additional Member add $889.08 each add $10,669 each

*Federal income guidelines are provided by the USDA. The guidelines were updated in January 2021 and will be valid until January 2022.

How to receive food from the Program

1) Review the income guidelines above, if your household makes less than the monthly or annual income guideline, your household qualifies.

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) To find the nearest distribution location for this program, review our roster, visit our Food Locator Map, call 2-1-1 or contact the Food Bank’s toll-free number at 1-866-350-FOOD (3663).


3) Visit the food distribution site to receive food 

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.


Please note: This is a self-certifying program. Documented proof of income and I.D. are NOT REQUIRED to receive food (USDA TEFAP Commodities).

After signing, you will be entitled to receive a monthly food package from the nearest distribution site within your zip code during distribution hours.

What is included in my monthly EFAP bag?

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

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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 (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339, or (800) 845-6136

(Spanish).De acuerdo con la ley federal de EE.UU., Departamento de Agricultura, esta institución tiene prohibido discriminar sobre la base de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Para presentar una queja por discriminación, escriba USDA, Director, Oficina de Adjudicación, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 o llame al (866) 632-9992 (voz). Las personas con problemas de audición o impedimentos del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA a través del Servicio de Retransmisión Federal al (800) 877-8339 o (800) 845-6136 (español).

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