IMPORTANT: V4V – EatSF does not provide vouchers directly to individuals and families. Participants are enrolled in the program by their health provider, or through an affiliation with a community-based organization (partner organizations). In San Francisco, the majority of these organizations are located in the Tenderloin, SoMa, and Bayview and include clinics, social service organizations, and Single Room Occupancy (SRO) buildings.
Note: due to the high demand for the V4V – EatSF program, we are currently unable to serve everyone who is interested in participating. If the program is not currently available at the partner organization that you’re affiliated with, check back regularly (since V4V-EatSF has frequent re-enrollment periods in which new participants are admitted to the program) and visit our Healthy Food Resources page for other options to access nutritious food in San Francisco.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: You must be at least 18 years of age, currently receiving services at one of our partnering organizations, and:
Be currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Supplemental Security Income Pending (SSIP), or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
Have a diet-related chronic disease, such as obesity (BMI greater than 30), pre-diabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, HIV, hepatitis C, or tuberculosis.
Vouchers are distributed at the participating community-based organization or health clinics at which you enrolled. Each organization has its own schedule for distributing vouchers on a regular basis.
Vouchers are accepted at selected stores, mostly in the Tenderloin, SoMa, and Bayview districts, as well as the Heart of the City Farmers Market. Please see the map of store locations to find a complete list of participating vendors.
Each voucher is worth $5.00. If you spend more than $5.00, you will have to pay the extra. If you spend less than $5.00, no change will be given back to you. Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash.
Your voucher MUST be used within the dates written on it. When you are shopping for groceries, present your voucher to the cashier at the register as you are paying. The cashier will ask you to sign and date the vouchers. You can use more than 1 voucher at a time as long as they are not expired.
For a comprehensive list of answers to common questions regarding accessing and using the vouchers, visit our FAQ Section.
Preparing and cooking nutritious fruit and vegetables can be challenging. Access resources such as the information on our Healthy Eating Tips page, or visit our partner site EatFresh.org and browse their healthy, low-cost recipes or Ask a Dietitian.