The Food Bank operates a program in partnership with more than 30 health and human service organizations to help eligible individuals and families sign up for social services at our distribution sites. The following is a list of the Food Bank’s social service partners with information about the services they provide.

This is not a comprehensive list of all service providers in San Diego County. For a comprehensive list of all San Diego County social service providers contact the social services information hotline 2-1-1.

Food Assistance

Senior Dining Centers:

With funding from the Older Americans Act, the County’s Aging and Independence Services contracts with a number of nutrition centers to provide hot, nutritious lunches during the week, for adults age 60 and older. Besides promoting better nutrition, these centers reduce the isolation of many older adults who may live alone. To find a senior dining center in your area, click here or call 1-800-510-2020

Home-Delivered Meals:

Adults 60 and older who are homebound due to illness or disability can ask to have meals delivered to them. A social worker will visit to assess the need. If appropriate for the program, a hot meal is delivered each weekday and frozen meals are provided for the weekends. The cost is a voluntary donation. To find a nutrition site in your area that provides home-delivered meals, click here or call 1-800-510-2020

Brown Bag Program:

Delivers surplus food items each month to low-income adults age 60 and older, helping to supplement their food budgets. Food is collected by volunteers (mostly seniors themselves) and donated by farmers, warehouses, packing companies and retail food chains. The program is coordinated by: The Angel’s Depot, 1495 Poinsettia Ave., Suite 151, Vista, CA 92081. For more information call 1-760-599-7093

Housing Assistance & Emergency Shelter

County of San Diego Housing and Community Development:

The county’s administrative offices provide information on Section 8 Housing, Public Housing and Shared Housing Programs. Contact: 1-858-694-4801 or 1-877-478-LIST or visit:

South Bay Community Services:

Provides a range of housing services for families in need. Contact: 1-800-640-2933 o visit

The Alpha Project:

Provides affordable housing assistance, supportive housing for people with special needs and emergency shelter. Contact: 1-619-542-1877 or visit

San Diego Rescue Mission:

A non-profit homeless shelter and recovery center serving thousands of homeless men, women and children in San Diego. 1-619-819-1826 or visit

San Diego Coalition for the Homeless:

Aims to empower homeless and at-risk individuals by providing food, clothing, shelter and professional services. Contact: 1-619-281-1815 or 1-619-281-1543 or visit

Interfaith Shelter Network:

Coordinates the efforts of participating congregations, social service agencies, and governmental programs in order to provide shelter and other resources to homeless individuals and families and enable those we serve to move toward self-sufficiency. Contact 1-619-702-5399 or visit

Housing Foreclosure Advice

Housing Opportunities Collaborative:

This organization provides resources and services for those having difficulty making monthly mortgage payments. The collaborative pools attorneys, real estate and mortgage industry professionals, housing counseling agencies, fair housing agencies, and other public agencies into one location to provide a “one-stop shop” of counseling resources. Contact: 1-888-995-HOPE or visit


Consumer Center for Health & Education and Advocacy:

CCHEA is an independent program of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. which provides education and advocacy to help customers get the health services they need. Contact: 1-877-SD Health (1-877-734-3258) or visit

Family Health Centers of San Diego:

Anyone is welcome to seek care at Family Health Centers of San Diego. The centers provide affordable services to all income levels, with a special commitment to low income, uninsured individuals. Contact: 1-619-515-2332 or visit

La Maestra Community Health Centers:

Provides quality culturally and liguistically competent health care and educational programs to improve the overall wellbeing of families in need. La Maestra provides medical care, dental care, mental health and pharmacy services. Contact: 1-619-280-4213 or visit

Neighborhood Health Clinic:

Neighborhood Healthcare began as an all-volunteer neighborhood clinic in Escondido and now has eleven health centers located throughout San Diego and Riverside counties. Services include pediatric and adult primary care, prenatal care, family planning, HIV testing and medical care, women’s health, dental services, behavioral health/counseling, health education, and basic pharmacy & lab services. Contact: 1-619-440-7616 Ext. 1218 or visit

Discount Utility Programs for Low-Income Households

San Diego Gas & Electric:

San Diego Gas & Electric® offers programs and services to help customers with their SDG&E bills. Over 300,000 households in San Diego are receiving up to 35% off their SDG&E bill every month with the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program. The savings can really add up. Depending on usage, it’s comparable to getting 3 months of service FREE each year. And if you’re eligible for CARE, you can also get free services from SDG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program (as long as your address has not already been served). It doesn’t matter if you rent an apartment or live in a house. Either way, you could receive services to help keep out the heat and cold AND energy-efficient items, such as lights, a microwave or a refrigerator – all free and all designed to help lower your bill and enhance the comfort of your home.

To apply for CARE, call 1-877-646-5525 or go to

To apply for Energy Savings Assistance Program, call 1-866-597-0597 or go to

To learn about other assistance, such as help with your past due bill or special rates for people with qualifying medical equipment, call 1-800-411-SDGE.

California Lifeline:

The LifeLine program provides discounted telephone service to qualifying low-income households. If you think you meet the LifeLine qualifications, contact your telephone company and tell them you want to enroll in LifeLine. If the telephone company can verbally qualify you, they will begin the enrollment process in LifeLine immediately. Alternatively contact: 1-877-858-7463 or visit

Employment and Training Services

San Diego Workforce Partnership:

Provides employment related services to local businesses and job seekers through a network of countywide One Stop Career Centers. Contact: 1-888-884-SDWP (7397) or visit

Senior Citizen Services

Elder Help:

A non-profit organization comprised of professionals and community volunteers committed to offering quality social services that help seniors live independently in their own homes. Contact: 1-619-284-9281 or visit

San Diego Psychiatric Hospital:

Walk-in emergency mental health services are available for adults and older adults who are experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis at the Emergency Psychiatric Unit located at: San Diego Psychiatric Hospital, 3853 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92110. Contact 1-619-692-8200

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