Moving Forward Together

Hand Up Food Pantry & Corner Market

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.

Hand Up Food Pantry locations include our onsite Corner Market and distribution sites at Camp Pendleton, Murphy Canyon, Chabad Downtown, Poway Senior Center, and the JFS College Avenue Center. Here, you’ll find the nutritious foods you and your family need – and a connection to other resources here at JFS and in the community.

Take the Next Step

“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 2:00–5:00pm 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.

The Corner Market

Located onsite at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus, the Corner Market is a points-based grocery store, where you can choose items free of charge based on family size and need. The shelves are stocked with plenty of healthy choices, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy, baked goods, prepared meals, hygiene and baby items – even pet food.

Shopping at the Corner Market is by appointment and visits typically last 15 minutes.

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the Corner Market is currently closed. Please consider attending our Drive-Thru Food Distribution (more information above).

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

College Avenue Center
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 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: 8/19/21, 9/23/21, 10/21/21, 11/18/21, 12/16/21

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.


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

For Military Families

Murphy Canyon
Murphy Canyon Chapel, 3200 Santo Rd., San Diego, CA 92124
Distribution dates: 8/8/21, 9/12/21, 10/10/21, 11/14/21, 12/12/21

Products distributed are standardized to ensure fairness to every family served. We are a non-federal entity and are not affiliated with the Department of Defense.

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


Camp Pendleton Neighborhood Exchange
Building 200090 Ash Road, Wire Mountain Road, Oceanside, CA 92058
Distribution date: 8/27/21, 9/24/21, 10/22/21, 11/19/21, 12/10/21

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

Learn More About Our Food Distributions

We’re here to answer your questions and help you get started.

Food Rescue – Partnering to Fight Hunger

JFS collaborates with organizations across the public and private sectors to find the most innovative and effective ways to fight food insecurity in San Diego. In October 2016, we became one of the first organizations in San Diego to join the Starbucks FoodShare program.
Every night, our drivers rescue items from 30 area Starbucks locations to bring 7,000 pounds of quality food back into our community each month.

Learn More    Watch Video

Starbucks Rescue Food in Corner Market

Moving Forward Together

These services are provided with the help of our local and national partners.

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Funded by a grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through California Climate Investments.