This summer, Feeding San Diego is supporting youth in need with the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a critical part of its hunger-relief services across San Diego County. SFSP provides vital support during the summer months to ensure youth are getting the nutrition they need to grow and thrive.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the closure of schools, Feeding San Diego transitioned 11 of their after-school meal sites to SFSP sites beginning in March and continue to provide 25,000 meals weekly to youth. This week, 11 additional youth meal sites were added and another is scheduled to launch at the end of July.

Before COVID-19, one in six children faced hunger in San Diego County. Now the need has surged by an estimated 50 percent. With schools moving to virtual learning in mid-March and unprecedented levels of unemployment across the county, youth are increasingly affected by hunger.

At the 23 youth meal sites hosted by Feeding San Diego, children aged 1-18 can receive a free breakfast and lunch daily. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal: a parent or guardian can pick up meals for them if they provide the names of their children. Feeding San Diego has fully adapted its operations to follow San Diego County health guidelines, and these sites are operating as drive through pick-ups, with meals served on a first come, first serve basis to be taken home for consumption. Meals follow the USDA SFSP meal pattern and are either hot or cold.

In addition to its regular and emergency food distributions, the following is a list of Feeding San Diego’s 2020 Summer Food Service Program drive-through sites:

Site Start Date Frequency Drive-Through Start Time
Boys and Girls Club San Marcos
1 Positive Pl.
San Marcos, CA 92069
March 23 Monday – Friday 3:00 PM
La Maestra Community Health Centers
4440 Wightman St. Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92105
March 23 Monday – Saturday 11:30 AM
Casa de Salud
1408 Harding Ave.
National City, CA 91950
March 23 Monday – Friday 1:00 PM
Pro Kids City Heights
4085 52nd St.
San Diego, CA 92105
March 23 Monday – Friday 11:00 AM
Pro Kids Oceanside
821 Douglas Dr.
Oceanside, CA 92058
March 23 Monday – Friday 11:00 AM
Mission Cove Apartments
3239 Conch Way
Oceanside, CA 92058
March 30 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
Sierra Vista Apartments
422 Los Vallecitos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92069
March 30 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
Vista Community Clinic Libby Lake
4700 North River Rd.
Oceanside, CA 92057
April 13 Monday – Friday 11:30 AM
Vista Community Clinic Balderrama
605 San Diego St.
Oceanside, CA 92058
April 13 Monday – Friday 11:30 AM
Armed Services YMCA
3239 Santo Rd.
San Diego, CA 92124
April 15 Wednesdays 12:30 PM
Azalea Recreation Center*
2596 Violet St.
San Diego, CA 92105
July 27 Monday – Friday 12:30 PM
Cesar Chavez Recreation Center*
455 Sycamore Rd.
San Diego, CA 92173
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
Encanto Recreation Center*
6508 Wunderlin Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
Golden Hill Recreation Center*
2600 Golf Course Dr.
San Diego, CA 92104
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center*
6401 Skyline Dr.
San Diego, CA 92114
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
Montgomery Waller Recreation Center*
3020 Coronado Ave.
San Diego, CA 92154
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
Mountain View Recreation Center*
641 South Boundary St.
San Diego, CA 92113
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
Paradise Hills Recreation Center*
6610 Potomac St.
San Diego, CA 92139
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
San Ysidro Recreation Center*
179 Diza Rd.
San Diego, CA 92173
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
Silver Wing Recreation Center*
3737 Arey Dr.
San Diego, CA 92154
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
South Bay Recreation Center*
1885 Coronado Ave.
San Diego, CA 92154
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM
Southcrest Recreation Center*
4149 Newton Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:30 PM
Willie Henderson Recreation Center*
1035 S. 45th St.
San Diego, CA 92113
July 14 Monday – Friday 12:00 PM

*San Diego Parks and Recreation Sites

ADDITIONAL HUNGER-RELIEF PROGRAMS SUPPORTING YOUTH:

Feeding San Diego also provides meals to youth and their families through an additional 15 meal sites with 3,500 food boxes weekly in partnership with local school districts, including San Diego Unified School District, and Cajon Valley Union School District.

Further, the organization continues to operate seven school pantries and provide hundreds of community distributions throughout the county.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 to find sites that provide free summer meals. Alternatively, dial 2-1-1 to be connected to 211 San Diego, a source for access to community, health, social and disaster services.

NON–DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times listed above. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD3027), found online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov