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.
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, 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 Food Pantry - The Hand Up Food Pantry is the hub for all food assistance programs at Jewish Family Service. The Hand Up Food Pantry holds food drives, builds holiday supplemental bags, monthly distributions throughout San Diego, with a focus on older adults and military families. The Corner Market, our client-choice pantry, is available by appointment only. Our focus as an organization is to offer client-centered services to our San Diego community.
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 Food Pantry.