Take the CalFresh Challenge

Could you feed yourself on $4.27 per day? We're challenging you to try. On September 19, take a walk in the shoes of those living with food insecurity every day to raise awareness of hunger in San Diego County and debunk common myths about CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps.

Your Guide to School Meals

One in four children in San Diego County arrives to school hungry, affecting their ability to concentrate and learn. Eligible children may receive free or reduced price meals to help them succeed in school. Learn how to find out if your family qualifies for help and to apply.

HAN Moves to Hunger Coalition

The Hunger Advocacy Network, facilitated by San Diego Hunger Coalition, represents the voice of nearly half a million San Diegans who don’t have ready access to healthy, affordable food by sharing their experiences with policymakers and advocating for improvements to anti-hunger policies and programs. 

Hunger in San Diego County

We often think about food in terms of individual choices, family celebrations, and our cultural heritage.  An estimated 423,000 San Diegans, however, have a relationship with food that is dominated by scarcity.  These households—including families with children, veterans and military families, and senior citizens—do not have access at all times to enough food for an active healthy life.  Why? Because of what they earn, where they live, or other gaps in our food system.


Federal nutrition programs are our nation’s most important direct defense against hunger, food hardship and unhealthy diets. When household incomes don’t provide enough to meet basic needs, programs such as CalFresh (food stamps) and school meals can bridge the gap and increase access to healthy food.   


The San Diego Hunger Coalition conducts training and technical assistance for community-based organizations and schools; educates policymakers and the public about social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to hunger; and advocates for legislative and administrative policies to end hunger, promote nutrition and protect public health.


Help San Diego Hunger Coalition Fight Hunger