Sign up for CalFresh in your county
What is CalFresh? CalFresh is a federal nutrition program for low-income individuals and families that can help households buy the food they need. Formerly known as the food stamp program and federally known as SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program), this program provides monthly benefits via an EBT card (similar to a debit card).The benefit can be used to purchase groceries at major markets, small retailers, and even farmer’s markets. For information on how to apply for CalFresh in your county, please contact the office below:
San Diego Food Bank CalFresh Outreach Program
HOURS: Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm
San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency
HOURS: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm
Helpful CalFresh Links
Free and reduced price meal options
Schools send school meal applications home at the beginning of each school year. However, you may apply for school meals at any time throughout the school year by submitting a household application directly to your school. Your school will provide you with an application upon request. If you are receiving CalFresh benefits, your child automatically qualifies for free school meals. Please contact your school to determine if you need to fill out an application.
Summer meal service sites
The link below provides parents and referral agencies with a list of locations where children may receive free nutritious meals during school vacation and off-track periods. Please reach out to the site contact person to confirm the site's participation and hours.
WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC helps families by providing checks for buying healthy supplemental foods from WIC-authorized vendors, nutrition education, and help finding healthcare and other community services. Participants must meet income guidelines and be pregnant women, new mothers, infants or children under age five.