San Francisco has many options for free and low-cost groceries and meals. These are some of the resources in the Tenderloin, SoMa, and Bayview districts. For more information, call 211 or visit the City of San Francisco’s list of free and affordable food.
Calfresh (formerly called food stamps) is California’s supplemental nutrition assistance program. It provides households with money for food on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Eligibility is based on income, residency, age, and which other benefits you are receiving. To apply, visit their website, call 415-558-1001, or visit the San Francisco Human Services Agency at 1235 Mission Street (between 8th and 9th).
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program supplements the diet of low-income elderly person at least 60 years with nutritious USDA food. Participants can pick up their monthly food boxes at various sites around San Francisco. To sign up, call 211 or bring your ID and proof of income to a program site:
WIC is a nutrition program for pregnant and breastfeeding women, new mothers, and children under 5 years old. It includes healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and social services. To apply, call or visit your local WIC clinic. For a full list of WIC clinics call (415) 575-5750 or visit this page.
SFHA Bush St
1760 Bush St (at Octavia), 1st Thurs 9:30am-12:30pm
SF Senior Center
481 O’Farrell St (at Jones), 1st Fri 9:30am-3pm
Eastern Park Apts
711 Eddy St (at Polk), 2nd Thurs 9:30am-1pm
Third Baptist Church
1399 McAllister (at Pierce), 3rd Fri 9:30am-12:30pm
Salvation Army South of Market
360 4th St (at Clara St), 4th Thurs 9:30am-2pm
Armstrong Senior Housing
5600 Third St (Entrance on Armstrong), 2nd Tues 9:30am-1pm
Visitacion Valley Strong Families
50 Raymond Ave (Between Bayshore & Alpha), 2nd Mon 10:30am-3:30pm
San Francisco General Hospital WIC Clinic (415) 206-5494
2550 23rd Street (Between Potrero & Utah), Building 9, Room 125
Mon-Fri 8:15am-12pm & 1-5pm and some Sat 8:15am-12pm & 12:30-4:30pm
Silver Avenue Family Health Center WIC Clinic (415) 657-1724
1525 Silver Avenue (Between San Bruno & Barneveld)
Mon-Fri 8:15am-12pm & 1pm-5pm (Thurs until 7pm)
Southeast Health Center WIC Clinic (415) 671-7059
2401 Keith Street (Between Carroll & Armstrong)
Tues & Thurs 8:30am-12pm & 12:30pm-4:30pm
Van Ness Avenue WIC Clinic (415) 558-5940
30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 2118
Tues 8:30am-4:30pm & Fri 8:30am-4pm
The SFMNP provides a booklet of fruit and vegetable vouchers to seniors age 60 and up. The vouchers can be used at farmers’ markets, listed below. To apply, call 415-355-6774.
San Francisco food pantries provide weekly boxes of groceries. Most pantries require registration, but you can apply at any pantry in the city and the food bank will place you at a pantry site in your neighborhood. Bring a photo ID and proof of San Francisco residence to any pantry during their open hours. For more information or to find a pantry near you, call 211 or visit sfmfoodbank.org/get-food.
Salvation Army Kroc Center
240 Turk (near Jones), 415-345-3414
Apply in person Fri 7:30am
Salvation Army South of Market
360 4th St (near Folsom), 415-777-2677
Apply by phone Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm or in person Fri 8am-3pm
Salvation Army Chinatown
1450 Powell (near Broadway), 415-781-7002
Call for appointment Mon-Fri 11am-4:30pm
SF Rescue Mission
140 Turk St (between Taylor & Jones), 415-292-1771
Apply in person Wed 12-12:30pm
Our Lady of Lourdes
410 Hawes (at Innes), 415-559-2637
Apply in person 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sat 9:30-10am
Youth With A Mission
357 Ellis (near Jones), 415-885-6543
Apply in person Thurs 3pm
Bayview TLC Family Resource Center
1601 Lane St (Inside the YMCA), 415-822-9404
Apply in person Mon-Wed & Friday 10am-3pm
United Council of Human Services
2111 Jennings (at Van Dyke), 415-671-1100
Apply in person Wed 8am
Farmers’ markets often have lower prices than grocery stores and stock a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you visit right before closing time, you are likely to get even better deals! These are some of the farmers’ market locations that accept CalFresh EBT, WIC, and Senior Famers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers.
*Market participates in Market Match: when you use CalFresh EBT (and sometimes WIC) at these markets, the market will give you fruit and vegetable vouchers to match the amount you spend, up to a certain dollar value.
Heart of the City*
1182 Market St
VA San Francisco*
4150 Clement St
2425 Geary Blvd
550 Gene Friend Way
50 Post St
June – September, Thursday 11am-3pm
Mission Community Market*
22nd St & 21st St
Mint St and Jessie St, Off 5th
11 am – 2 pm
1740 O’Farrell St
100 Alemany Blvd
Heart of the City*
1182 Market St
Sunday 7am-5 pm
1326 Grove St
The Tenderloin People’s Garden is a community garden at the corner of Larkin & McAllister. Garden volunteers often receive free fruits and vegetables right from the garden. Volunteering here is a wonderful way to help your community and get some free produce! Visit the garden during drop-in hours or harvest days or call 415-358-3979. Drop in: Mon, Wed, Fri 10am-12pm, Tues & Thur 3pm-5pm Harvest Days: 2nd & 4th Weds 10am-12pm
The Free Farm Stand distributes produce Sundays at Parque Niños Unidos at 23rd and Treat Ave. Produce tickets distributed first come, first served from 12-3pm.
San Francisco has numerous free congregate meal programs and meal delivery services for seniors, families, people with chronic disease, and others. These are only a few of the many programs in San Francisco. To find many more, call 211 or download the San Francisco Free Eats Chart.
DAAS Congregate and Home Delivery Meal Programs for Seniors, People with Disabilities, and Caregivers
More than 50 sites are run by the Department of Aging and Adult Services. Call 415-626-1033 or visit 875 Stevenson St, 3rd floor for site locations.
Project Open Hand Wellness Program
Access to free Grocery Center and pick-up or home delivered meals for individuals who are living with HIV or breast cancer. To apply, call 415-447-2326 or visit 739 Polk.
St. Anthony’s Dining Room
121 Golden Gate, 415-421-2690. Daily lunch: 11:30am-1:30pm. For families with kids, seniors 59+, and those unable to carry a tray: 10-11:30am.
Meals on Wheels of San Francisco
Home delivered meals for homebound seniors aged 60 years or older. Includes meals for those on diabetic, low sodium, and other modified diets. Visit mowsf.org for more information. To apply, call 415-920-1111.
Project Open Hand for Seniors (aged 60+) and Adults with Disabilities
Congregate meals at locations across the city. To apply, call 415-447-2326 or visit 739 Polk.
Glide Memorial Church
330 Ellis (at Taylor), 415-674-6043 Daily breakfast: 8am. For seniors 60+: 7:30am Daily lunch: 12pm Dinner Mon-Fri: 4pm.
Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF) Free Afterschool Meal Program
Free snacks and dinners for youth 18 and under on a first come, first served basis. For information and sites, contact email@example.com or visit dcyf.org.
The National School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Provides free or reduced-cost meals to school-aged students through high school. Call 415-749-3604 or visit sfusdfood.org.
Free Summer Lunch for Kids and Teens
Over 100 sites in San Francisco serve free summer lunch for children and youth 18 and younger, from May 31 through August 12. For sites and information, call 211 or 311 or visit sfkids.org or dcyf.org.
San Francisco Head Start Program
Provides healthy meals and services to families with children up to 5 years old. To find a site near you, call 415-405-0500.