Food assistance programs
In San Diego County, more than 460,000 people are food insecure. These individuals experience periods where they are uncertain if they will have enough food to meet the needs of their family due to insufficient money or resources. “Food insecurity” is about uncertainty and irregularity when it comes to food for your family.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), “food security” is access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. It’s difficult to thrive when you are hungry and concerned about your next meal.
If you don’t know where your next meal will come from, JFS is here to help. We believe that no one should go hungry. Our approach to alleviating food insecurity in our community encompasses advocacy, education, emergency food assistance, and youth service.
Need Food? Contact Foodmobile or the Hand Up Youth Food Pantry.
Want to Help? Whether you have one hour a month or one hour a week, there are volunteer opportunities available. Contact the Hand Up Teen Leadership Program, Hungry Advocacy Network, donate food, or start your own food drive.
Programs and Services
Foodmobile - Foodmobile provides hot, kosher, home-delivered meals to
homebound older adults and younger homebound disabled adults.
Hand Up Youth Food Pantry
- Led by a dynamic committee of teenagers, the food pantry delivers food
throughout San Diego County while case managers at distribution sites
provide support, referral, and assistance toward achieving a higher level of self-sufficiency.
Hand Up Teen Leadership - This nationally-recognized program offers high school students an opportunity to learn about social change while making a measurable impact on the community. Teens receive leadership development training and run food distributions, coordinate food drives and fundraisers, organize advocacy and education activities, and plan special events that support the Hand Up Youth Food Pantry.
Hunger Advocacy Network - Jewish Family Service serves as the coordinating organization for a united effort of leading San Diego organizations who have come together to advocate for state-wide food policy alleviating food insecurity in our community.