Coronavirus (COVID-19) Child and Family Resources

There are many non-profit and government organizations assisting families with essential needs including food, housing and essentials, like diapers.  Below is a list of these organizations. Please check back regularly as we continue to update the information as it becomes available.


Smarty Patch Foundation


The San Diego COVID-19 Children’s Fund
Families continuing to work in essential service fields and those struggling to make ends meet can now apply for funds to help cover the cost of child care and basic needs including utilities and rent can request assistance through the application on the website.


Brother Benno
3260 Production Ave, Oceanside, CA, 92057

(760) 439-1244

  • Sack lunch distribution (Monday – Friday) 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Mail service – (Monday – Friday) 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Food Box/Food bag distribution to guests (Monday – Friday) 6:30 to 11 a.m.  (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday only drive-through food bag distribution (in partnership with Feeding San Diego) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


San Diego Hunger Coalition

See website for information.




San Diego Food Bank (locations)


North County Food Bank

1445 Engineer St. suite #110

Vista, Ca. 92081

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM



The Foundry Community Church

120 North Ash St.

Escondido, Ca. 92027

Tue/Thurs 11:00 – 1:00, Wed 4:00 – 6:00



Christian Credit Counselors

5838 Edison Place #130

Carlsbad, Ca. 92008

Monday – Friday 8:00 -4:00



Community Resource Center

650 Second St.

Encinitas, Ca. 92024

Monday – Friday 8:30 – 12:00


Children’s Paradise in collaboration with Faith Lutheran Church
Emergency Food Distribution and Smarty Patch Learning Kits
Every other Friday, as needed, next event

Friday, May 8th 3:00 – until out or 4:30pm, whichever comes first.
700 E. Bobier Drive
Vista, CA 92084

See Flyer for Additional Details


Pandemic EBT Benefits

Due to coronavirus (COVID 19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed. Please see the two flyers below for information.

Information About P-EBT One

Information About P-EBT Two


CA Meals For Kids Mobile App

This cell phone app helps you find nearby California After School, Summer Meal, and Emergency Meal sites for children on your IOS, Android, or Microsoft devices. Provides a map based on your location with dates and times.


San Diego Hunger Coalition
Information for anyone experiencing food insecurity during these tough times.
Click here for food assistance resources.


Feeding San Diego

Text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 to find the nearest site or call 211 to talk to a resource specialist.

Phone: 858.452.3663

Community Food Connection – Feeding San Diego Partner
14047 Twin Peaks Rd., Poway, CA 92064
North Inland: March 18, 2020 | 3:00 – 6:00 PM


School District Meal Program

Every school district throughout the county is offering meals to be consumed off-site to families. Meals available for all kids 18 years and younger – even if your child does not go to a district school. Children must be present to receive a meal. For a complete list of distribution schedules, click here


Interfaith Community Services OCEANSIDE ONLY
4700 N River Rd. Oceanside, Ca. 92057
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Monday – Friday, Closed 1st Friday of the month

Holding daily events to provide Emergency Food Box Distribution, hygiene packets, and onsite community referrals.  Prescreening happening at white tent onsite.


Bread of Life Rescue Mission
1919 Apple St. Suite NN Oceanside, Ca.
Monday – Friday, no Thursdays 9 AM – 11 AM
Photo ID required


Individual Rebates
These rebates help you afford what you need during this public health crisis, as many are experiencing a significant cash crunch.

Click here for frequently asked questions. (English)
Click here for frequently asked questions (Spanish)


United Way’s Worker Assistance
The United Way’s Worker Assistance Initiative is operational, and you can request help to pay your utility bill or your rent/mortgage. Here’s the link for the application in English:

Here’s the link for the application in Spanish:

And here’s the link for donations to this fund:


The San Diego COVID-19 Children’s Fund
Families continuing to work in essential service fields and those struggling to make ends meet can now apply for funds to help cover the cost of child care and basic needs including utilities and rent can request assistance through the application on the website.


Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Financial assistance for restaurant employees.


Interfaith Community Services  ESCONDIDO ONLY
550 W Washington Ave. Escondido
Mon-Friday 8-11am; 1-3pm


Vista Community Clinic
Call 760.631.5000 ext 7014 and leave contact information
Starting March 23 by appt only


MAAC Child Development
Drive-Through Diaper Pick Up (sizes 0-6 available)

956 Vale Terrace Dr. Vista, Ca. 92084
March 25, 2020 | 11 AM – 4 PM


Optum San Diego Access & Crisis Line
Call 1-888-724-7240; Live chat available here (limited hours 4:00p-6:00p)


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255


Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741-741


Disaster Distress Hotline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66-746


The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth)
Call 1-866-488-7386, text START to 678-678


The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22-522


Live Well @ Home
Live Well San Diego has compiled a list of resources broken down by age (toddlers to seniors)


SPIDERfit Kids
Free daily PE classes streamed from Facebook and available on YouTube.


Free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning!


Cosmic Kids Yoga
Free resource available on YouTube that offers yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. These Interactive adventures build strength, balance and confidence.


Evictions Protections

California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week evening issued an executive order making it clear that local governments can impose eviction protections for tenants who are unable to pay their rent because of the coronavirus or loss of income as a result of the outbreak.


McAlister Institute

Contact: Joel Prospero 760-471-7708 or Amber Nieves 760-471-7708


San Diego Gas and Electric

SDG&E Suspends Service Disconnections for Nonpayment as a Part of Its Coronavirus Response

SDG&E company is urging customers who are struggling to pay their utility bill due to financial hardships stemming from the coronavirus to call its Customer Contact Center at 1-800-411-7343 to make payment arrangements.


Payment Help

Disconnection Moratorium: Recognizing many of our customers’ livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic, SDG&E has suspended disconnections for nonpayment until further notice. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of you and your loved ones during this challenging time, so the last thing we want you to worry about is whether you can afford to keep your lights on.


Flexible Payment Plans: If you’re having trouble paying your utility bill, please don’t hesitate to call our Customer Contact Center at 1-800-411-7343 to work out a payment arrangement plan.


Waiving Late Payment Fees: SDG&E will waive late payment fees for business customers whose finances have been hit hard by the coronavirus. We do not charge residential customers late payment fees.


Branch Offices/Payment Locations: At this time, our branch offices/payment locations remain open but that may change as the situation progresses. We strongly encourage customers to follow the request of state and local authorities to remain at home as much as possible. You can always pay your bill online via My Account or through our mobile app.


San Diego Workforce Partnership
Click here for resources including webinars for experiencing stoppages, layoffs or furloughs. Also information on unemployment.


COVID 19 Regional Coordination Resources
The first point of contact for information and resources regarding COVID-19 is the County of San Diego’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information Page.

San Diego for Every Child has put together an additional resource in the form of a suite of materials being collected in regional Google Folders. These can help offer more granular information on what resources are available regionally, and what other non-profit partners are working on.

If you would like to add to this folder, contact Erin Hogeboom at