Moving Forward Together

Community Distributions

Nourishing Our Community

At JFS, we’re committed to fighting hunger and making sure that everyone in our community is food secure. Our reason for this is clear. We know that when families have enough to eat, they can more easily afford other necessities, fulfill their potential at work and school, and focus on long-term goals.

If you or someone you know needs help putting food on the table, we’re here for you. Community food distributions are offered throughout San Diego County and offer fresh produce, canned/dried goods, groceries, and pet food (when available).

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“We weren’t prepared for San Diego’s higher cost of living. The food helped us make ends meet until we got back on our feet.”

Drive-Thru Food Distribution

*New Food Distribution Times*
Our no-touch drive-thru food distribution is open to all San Diegans in critical need of groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:00–4:00pm at our Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus (8804 Balboa Ave). No qualifications or pre-registration are required. Our distribution includes a variety of fresh produce, dried/canned goods, and other pantry staples (based on supplies). If you have questions, please call (858) 637-3210 or online by clicking here.

Community Food Distributions

Hand Up operates monthly food distributions at sites across San Diego. View our calendar for current information on the distributions happening this month.

For Older Adults

Poway Senior Center
Every Wednesday
Mickey Cafagna Community Center
13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, 92064
*For ages 60+

Please call to reserve your spot: (858) 637-3257


The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s Senior Food Program
4th Monday of the month
Temple Emanu-El, 6299 Capri Dr., San Diego, CA 92120

Eligibility: For San Diego County residents ages 60+, meeting the following monthly income guidelines (per household): $1,276 for 1 person, $1,726 for 2, $2,177 for 3.

To Sign Up: Apply in person at College Avenue Center. Bring your ID, proof of income (SSI, SSDI, Employment Pension, Veterans Benefits, Bank Statement, etc.), and proof of address.

For Military Families

Camp Pendleton Neighborhood Exchange
Building 200090 Ash Road, Wire Mountain Road, Oceanside, CA 92058
Distribution date: 1/28/22, 2/25/22, 3/25/22, 4/29/22, 5/20/22, 6/24/22, 7/22/22, 8/26/22, 9/23/22, 10/28/22, 11/18/22, 12/16/22

Eligibility: For active-duty military and their spouses, with a valid military ID.

For the Entire Community

Our Community Food Distribution (formerly known as St. Paul’s) has moved to Ohr Shalom Synagogue.

Ohr Shalom Synagogue
2512 Third Avenue, 92103 (at the corner of Third and Laurel)
Distribution dates: 1/20/22, 2/17/22, 3/17/22, 4/21/22, 5/19/22, 6/16/22, 7/21/22, 8/18/22, 9/15/22, 10/20/22, 11/17/22, 12/15/22

Eligibility: Open to any San Diegan in need of food assistance.


Chabad Downtown
Every Friday
308 G St., San Diego, CA 92101

Eligibility: Open to any San Diegan in need of food assistance.

Learn More About Our Community Distributions

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