Are you a family in need of meals?

SF Public Schools are offering free meals to all children and their families during the week during the school closure. They will be open 2 times per week but provide 5 days worth of food.

For a list of locations and hours, go to

Don't have kids but need free meals?

Call 211 (or 1-800-273-6222) for a referral to a the closest meal, or check out this chart of locations around the city providing free meals:

Want a map of free meals around the Bay Area?

This map shows the locations offering free meals, which days they operate, and whether they have eligibility requiremnts.

Can’t afford groceries?

CalFresh (“food stamps”) can be used at grocery stores, farmers markets, and for some, benefits may even be used at restaurants and community meal programs. Apply here.

Are you a senior or medically vulnerable person who wants to buy groceries?

The following stores have dedicated shopping hours just for members of vulnerable populations, to prevent overcrowding or supplies running out. These stores also accept CalFresh (“food stamps”).

  • Albertsons: 7–9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Bi-Rite: 30 minutes early on Mondays
  • Costco: 9-10am, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Dollar General: The first operating hour of every store, daily
  • Fresh Market: 8–9 a.m. Monday-Friday
  • Gelson’s: 7–8 a.m., but bring proof of seniority, as the company says “you may be asked for ID,” to confirm shopping worthiness
  • Mother’s Markets: 6–7 a.m. Wednesdays. Free home delivery is also available for high-risk groups , the promo code to arrange is FREE4SENIORS
  • Rainbow Grocery: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day
  • Safeway: 7–9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Stop & Shop: 6–7:30 a.m. daily, check locations for a special entrance for seniors only
  • Target: The first hour of operation in all stores
  • Vallarta Supermarkets: 7–8 a.m. daily
  • Whole Foods Market: One hour before posted opening hours, daily

Are you unable to go out to buy groceries?

Under quarantine because you’re sick? Can’t go pick up groceries because of vulnerability or disability? Don’t live near a grocery store and don’t have a car? Work in healthcare and need to social distance? Sign up here to be matched with a volunteer who can deliver your groceries.

Need to pick up some free groceries?

No ID is required and groceries are pre-bagged. List of locations and times are listed below. 

  • 4705 3rd Street (parking lot) - Monday - 10:00am-2:00pm
  • 825 Shotwell Street (blacktop) - Tuesday - 9:00am-1:00pm
  • 241 Oneida Avenue - Wednesday - 9:00am-1:00pm
  • 1501 O’Farrell Street - Wednesday - 9:00am-1:00pm
  • 3750 18th St (Parking Lot) - Thursday - 9:00am-1:00pm
  • 375 7th Street - Thursday - 10am-1pm
  • 2190 Powell Street (Basketball Court) - Thursday - 9:00am-1:00pm
  • 2162 24th Avenue - Friday - 9:00am-1:00pm
  • 50 Raymond Street - Friday - 11:00am-3:00pm

Are you a senior who needs free cooked meals delivered?

Meals on Wheels provides two nutritious meals, seven days a week (including holidays) to your home. You, a family member, or caregiver can apply by phone by contacting the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services’ Information, Referral, and Intake Line at 415-355-6700. You can also contact MOWSF at their main line, at 415-920-1111. For more information and eligibility requirements, go to

Have another issue not listed here?

Call your District Supervisor. Contact information available at