Get food resources

Help for people having trouble getting or affording food during the coronavirus pandemic.

What to do

Call if you're having trouble getting or affording food

311

Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For low-income San Franciscans

Sign up for CalFresh

If you need help paying for food, you may be eligible for CalFresh. 

A family of 3 could get up to $509/month for groceries to spend at the grocery store, farmers market, and starting next month, online. 

Open Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm 

Go to a food pantry

Pop-up pantries may be able to help you quickly, while you apply for CalFresh or other benefits. If you don’t qualify for other food assistance programs, pop-up pantries can provide food for you and your family. 

Pop-up pantries don’t require an ID or any documentation to access.  Seniors enrolled in pantries may be able to sign up for home delivered groceries.  

Find free food and groceries at the SF Marin Food Bank

Sign up for WIC (Women, Infants and Children) food benefits

WIC helps families by providing:

  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding support
  • WIC card to purchase healthy foods at the grocery store
  • Referrals to healthcare and other community services

WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families can also apply.

Apply for WIC

For older adults and people with disabilities

Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS)

DAS can help older adults and people with disabilities get:

  • Free restaurant meals through Great Plates Delivered SF
  • Home-delivered meals
  • Emergency food boxes
  • Support with online food delivery services
  • Grocery drop-off from volunteers

About Great Plates Delivered SF

Great Plates Delivered SF is a temporary food program that serves older adults who are at heightened risk due to COVID-19. For older adults who need help obtaining and preparing food, Great Plates Delivered can provide 3 free restaurant meals a day.

To see if you’re eligible, call 415-355-6700.

You can also complete an online interest form (in English or Español or 中文) for a follow-up call.

Other resources for older adults and people with disabilities

You can get take-away meals from community dining sites.

Many grocery stores have Senior Hours.

Daily free meals for all

St. Anthony’s
Free pre-packaged to-go meals:

  • 1 meal per person
  • Pick-up at 45 Jones St (and Golden Gate Ave)
  • Every day 10:00 am to 11:45 am for seniors 60+ and families with children
  • 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for all

Glide
330 Ellis Street
Phone 415-674-6040
Free hot meals

  • In takeout containers
  • 3 times a day during the week
  • Breakfast every day, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Lunch Monday to Friday, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Dinner Monday to Friday, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Bagged meal given after breakfast on Saturday and Sunday

Mother Brown’s Kitchen
2111 Jennings Street
Phone 415-671-1100
To go meals:

  • Breakfast Monday to Friday, 7:30 am
  • Dinner 4:30 pm 

For immigrants

Pop up pantries don’t require an ID or any documentation to access. Find free food and groceries at the SF Marin Food Bank

Get other help if you are an immigrant

For children, youth, and families

See various food resources for children.

Pick up meals at San Francisco schools

Students and families can pick up grab-and-go meals at many SFUSD school sites. Meals are available for SFUSD students and siblings under age 18.

Pick up meals at schools throughout the Bay Area

See a map showing where you can pick up school meals in the Bay Area, including San Francisco.

Emergency food benefit for students

Students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get a food benefit called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the months their school is closed. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use for food and groceries, just like a debit card. This benefit is in addition to their pick-up meals from the school.

For more information, call 311 or visit sfhsa.org/p-ebt

Sign up for WIC (Women, Infants and Children) food benefits

WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families can also apply.

Apply for WIC

For people in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19

311

Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you are:

  • Diagnosed as infected with COVID-19
  • Waiting for test results 
  • Are quarantining because you are a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

See other resources

Getting food

If you are sick, or over 60, stay home. Ask a family member, friend, or neighbor to pick up supplies for you. If no one else is available, call 311 for help.

You can still get food at:

  • Grocery stores
  • Corner stores and convenience stores
  • Liquor stores that sell food
  • Farmers’ markets
  • Food banks
  • Farm and produce stands
  • Supermarkets
  • Food retail establishments
  • Big box stores that sell groceries and essentials

You can pick up, take out, or get delivery from local restaurants and some bars. And you can feel good about supporting local small businesses. All restaurants and food establishments are closed for eating and dining.

While out getting food, practice social distancing measures and stay 6 feet away from other people.

Check the food resource map

Find available food resources on the San Francisco Food Resource Map.

Get help

Phone

311

Get San Francisco food resource information

Last updated October 16, 2020