Photo of food pantryThe San Diego City College Emergency Food Pantry supports enrolled students in need by providing prepackaged items suitable for an on-campus lunch or meal.  Meals are generally an entree in a package or pull top can and a granola bar, fruit cup, or other snack, along with a water cup, bowl, utensil, and/or napkin.  Our goal is to help students stay nourished so they can stay focused on their studies.

The City College Emergency Food Pantry is a project operated by student interns and generously supported through kind donations from the staff and faculty of City College, community partners, private individuals, neighbors, and friends.  This special program accepts donations of checks and grocery store gift cards.  If you would like to donate lunch or snack items, canned or dry goods, and/or personal hygiene or care items, please contact Dr. Leroy Brady at

Location and Hours

Location Room BT 211 A
Business Technology Building
(16th and C Streets)
Hours of Distribution 
(Fall & spring)

Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Hours of Distribution 

Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Closed Friday

56% of students surveyed at San Diego City College said they faced food insecurity in a nation-wide study conducted by the Wisconsin Hope Lab in 2018, up from 44% in 2015.  The national average for community college students was 42%.

1 in 7 Americans go to bed hungry

33% of American households experience food insecurity

Below are some local San Diego food resources.  (Not affiliated with San Diego City College; programs and offerings subject to change.):

For more food and other resources, call 211 or 858-300-1211.
SNAP - Food Stamps  use this tool to see if you are eligible.
Cal-Fresh, SNAP website for application and information - Now students can qualify for food stamp benefits, if they work part time and meet other eligibility qualifications.  If you have applied and been denied, but your income or household composition has changed, it is recommended that you reapply.

To locate your filing office, click here for the HHSA site offices.

San Diego Food Bank - please follow this link for specific qualification.

Feeding America San Diego - This is an organization, much like the SD Food Bank.

Food Pantry Resources

Salvation Army
825 Seventh Avenue, San Diego 92101
Phone (619) 699-2217
Grocery bag distribution: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 12 PM and 1:00 PM to 4 PM (closed Wednesday)
(ID, a rent receipt/current utility bill, and proof of income are required. Homeless ID's are accepted)
For more locations, call (619) 699-2216 or (619) 699-2200 ext. 2300

Third Avenue Charitable Organization
1420 3rd Avenue, San Diego 92101
Phone (619) 235-9445
Free meals: Mondays 4:00 PM, Fridays 9:00 AM

Uptown Faith Community Service Center
3725 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone (619) 693-5511
Canned groceries bags: Mon, Tue, Fri 9:00 AM (Pre-registration required, bring ID and no appointment necessary anytime from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Jewish Family Services
2728 6th Ave San Diego 92101 (St. Paul Cathedral), corner of 6th Ave and Olive. Phone: (858) 637-3000
Food distribution: Thursdays

First Presbyterian Church of San Diego
320 Date Street, San Diego 92101 (between 3rd and 4th Ave. Downtown)
Phone (619) 232-7513
Food distribution (must arrive by 8:30 AM for pre-registration, bring proof of ID and address)

  • 2nd Saturday of the month: ONLY residents of zip codes 92101
  • 4th Saturday of the month:  Active Military ONLY (must have military ID)
  • Free lunch: Sundays at 2:00 PM (Good for anyone, but need to arrive by 1:00 PM to get a meal ticket)

Special Delivery San Diego
4021 Goldfinch St., San Diego 92103
Phone (619) 297-7373
Food Pantry Distribution for anyone who registers prior.
Need photo ID and proof of income.
Mon - Thurs  11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (pre-register between 10:30 - 11:00 AM by appt. only)

New Vision Christian Fellowship
(619) 298-1125
4353 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92103
Food distribution program Fridays from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM at the church campus.

Ocean View Church
(619) 424-7870
2460 Palm Ave., San Diego, CA 92154
Feeding San Diego program, 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month at 10:00 AM.
Wide variety of produce, perishables, and non-perishables.

Veterans Village of San Diego
(619) 400-9625
3320 Kemper Street #104, San Diego, CA 92110
Veterans only.
Serving veterans' homelessness and related needs, including annual Stand Down event.

Catholic Charities Food Resource Center
349 Cedar Street, San Diego 92101
Phone (619) 231-2828

Church of the Nazarene
4101 University Ave (corner of 41st St & University Ave)

Food Resource Center, Catholic Charities, College Area
6360 El Cajon Blvd, Ste. B, San Diego, CA 92115
Phone (619) 286-1100
Food distribution:
Tues 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thursdays & Saturdays 9:00 AM

Meal Centers

St. Vincent de Paul Village
1501 Imperial Ave. San Diego 92101
Phone (619)233-8500 ext. 1130
Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday Brunch: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Special Delivery San Diego
4021 Goldfinch St., San Diego 92103
Phone (619) 297-7373
Free meals for people with critical illnesses (HIV+/AIDS, cancer and others)
Delivery for homebound By referral from their physicians and case manager ONLY.

Southeast Church of the Nazarene
3605 National Avenue San Diego 92113
Phone (619) 262-1301
Free dinners every Friday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Salvation Army
825 Seventh Ave San Diego 92101
Phone (619) 699-2217
Dinners: Monday -Thursday 5:00 PM

Rachel's Women Day Center
759 Eighth Ave. San Diego 92101
Phone (619) 696-0873
Women only. Daily lunch at 11:30 AM (must come and sign up prior to acceptance.
No ID or requirement other than pre-registering and female.  Lunches served 7 days/week.

First Presbyterian Church of San Diego
320 Date Street, San Diego 92101
Phone (619) 232-7513
Free lunch Sundays at 2:00 PM (must arrive at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Bayside Community Center
6882 Linda Vista Rd., San Diego, CA 92111
Phone (858) 278-0771
Free lunches (seniors only age 55+) Monday-Friday 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Emergency food pantry (all ages): Tues 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Wed & Fri (8:00 AM-10:00 AM)  (ID required)
4th Thursday 9:00 AM (This day of the month is the large serving distribution)

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, you may do so by making your check payable to San Diego City College Foundation - Food Pantry.

Food donations can be made at room BT-211A, BT-313, or BT-311H, City College.

If you have any questions regarding the City College Food Pantry, please contact us at 619-388-4346.