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Groceries and Meals

HSA and our community partners provide food assistance to individuals, families, older adults, and adults with disabilities. With additional support from the Give2SF COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, we've enhanced many of our food programs to help vulnerable San Franciscans through this time.

 

For individuals and families

CalFresh food assistance

CalFresh is a federally funded benefit program for people with limited income. A monthly CalFresh benefit is added to your EBT card, which works like a debit card when you buy food at most grocery stores. You can apply for CalFresh even if your change in circumstances is temporary.  Learn more and apply.

Additional CalFresh benefits during COVID-19

  • EBT Online: Use your EBT card to order groceries online from AmazonWalmart also offers EBT Online and grocery pick up at a store location near San Francisco. Learn more (English | Spanish) and check back for additional stores offering EBT Online. 
  • Automatic benefit increases: All CalFresh recipients get the maximum allowable benefit for March, April, and May. If you are already getting the maximum allowable amount, your benefits will not change. The March increase was added to your EBT card on April 12, 2020. The April increase was added around May 10. May's increase will be added on June 14. Learn more.

For children

Benefits for school-meal recipients while schools are closed

Families with children who get free or reduced-price school meals can receive an additional benefit of $365 per child. The benefit is called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT).  
Find out how to get P-EBT

For older adults and adults with disabilities

  • New Great Plates Delivered Program: Partners with local restaurants and food providers to deliver three free meals a day to eligible adults 65+ who are sheltering in place and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk from COVID-19. Learn more
  • Home-delivered meals: Delivers meals to homebound adults who are unable to shop for or prepare their own meals due to a physical or mental condition. Learn more.
  • Home-delivered groceries: Delivers groceries directly to the homes of older adults and adults with disabilities. Learn more from HSA at (415) 355-6700.
  • Community meals: Offers nutritious, take-away meals to adults aged 60+ at sites throughout the City. Learn more.
  • Food pantries: Offer weekly or bi-monthly supplemental groceries at numerous sites in San Francisco. Learn more from HSA at (415) 355-6700.

For all San Franciscans

The City's new webpage Get Food Resources and 311 helpline provide food options and a map for free and paid groceries, prepared meals, food delivery, and food banks nearest you.