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El Cajon Emergency Food Distribution List
Nutrition Classes/ Healthy Food Demonstrations
Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (CalFRESH)
For further assistance:
Call 2-1-1 to be screened for food stamp eligibility
San Diego County Public Assistance Information Line
To apply visit:
El Cajon Family Resource Center
220 S. First Street El Cajon, CA 92019
Note: Family Resource Centers assist County residents seeking public assistance or medical insurance coverage. Clients are required to meet specific eligibility requirements determined by Federal, State or County law.
Bethlehem Food Pantry
737 Grant Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Free food pantry. Requires participant to have valid ID and social security number.
The Church on site also hosts a donation request Wednesday night community dinner and free bread program on Monday and Saturday from 9am-Noon.
Children's Choice Daycare
1465 E. Madison Ave, El Cajon 92020
Part of the San Diego Foodbank - Community Cares Project. This site will host a FREE food distribution/ advice clinic on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The advice clinic will open at 8 a.m. with food stamp pre-screening, and the food distributions will start at 9 a.m. and last until food is gone.
1034 N. Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am and 1pm-3pm
Benefits available 2 times a year per participant/family. Required to have picture ID and Social Security card (or Medi-Cal card or birth certificate) for all family members.
El Cajon Four Square Emergency Food Assistance Program
1012 E Bradley Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
9:00 am till 12:00 pm, 3rd Tuesday of every month. Must meet low-income guidelines.
Foothills Christian Fellowship
315 West Bradley, El Cajon, CA 92021
Provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income pregnant women, women 12 months postpartum, breast-feeding mothers, children under six years of age and seniors over the age of 60.
Must meet low-income guidelines and not be a WIC recipient.
9:00 am till 10:00 am, 3rd Thursday of every month.
Monthly Food Packages available for $25.00 - accepts EBT Food Stamps.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
405 Ballard Street, El Cajon, CA 92019
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-11am
Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm
Must be a resident of East County and show picture ID. Mostly canned goods, available 4 times per year.
Home-Start Family Self Sufficiency
Must call for ahead for appointment, bring picture ID and live in East Region. Individuals allowed one distribution every four months. Spanish speaking.
Our Lady of Grace
2466 Navajo Road, El Cajon, CA 92019
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-11am at Ministry Center (use Medford entrance)
Must be a resident of East County, show picture ID and a birth certificate or immunization card for each child. Arrive early on the first visit to fill out paperwork. Pantry doors close at 11:00am.
1011 East Main Street, El Cajon , CA 92021
Hours: 9:30-10:30am, 3rd Wednesday of every month. Must meet low-income guidelines. Free bread available from 9:30-10 AM on Tuesday and Thursday
Senior Dining and Social Center - reduced lunch available to low-income Seniors at 11:15AM Monday-Friday.