8 West is a sustainable program with a foundation based on the simple premise of “hope”. When you restore hope, the human spirit becomes indomitable. We not only help homeless youth re-discover what it means to have hope, but the long-term impact of our “homeless to hopeful” model also results in positive, deeply recursive effects throughout the community.
The YMCA Outreach Program is comprised of Runaway and Homeless Youth Street Outreach, National Safe Place Coordination for San Diego County, and community outreach for Youth & Family Services programming.
Three times each year on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, San Diego Rescue Mission opens its doors to the homeless, poor and lonely men, women and children in the San Diego Community. These special events offer hundreds of home-cooked meals and entertainment for those who might otherwise have no food, companionship or celebration during the holidays. In addition to meals, guests are provided praise and worship music and small care packages. Items for children include toys, hygiene products and clothing.
The Hand Up Food Pantry focuses on helping people get back on their feet. Not only do we provide food to thousands of San Diegans facing hunger, but by including case managers at distribution sites we open the door to the array of vital services offered at Jewish Family Service. The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry delivers food to several locations throughout San Diego County. Food is distributed once a week at St. Paul’s Cathedral downtown, once a month at Camp Pendleton and Murphy Canyon Military Housing, and as needed to our clients at Chabad Downtown, College Avenue Center, Foodmobile, JFS Turk Family Center, and JFS North County Coastal office.
Food Pantry. Bring your own bags. No ID verification needed.
Thursday: Co-op 20lbs of meat for 20$ (pre-order 9am-11am) pick up: 4:30-6pm
Friday: $2 pick up (12:30-2pm)
Sunday: 3$ pick up (11:15am)
Using hands-on experiences to combat the epidemic of hunger, malnutrition, obesity and chronic disease, our Food Security programs give our at-risk community access to education, food distributions, and hot meals. CalFresh (SNAP) outreach and enrollment is also built into every food program.
(Bayside’s Supplemental food distribution days and hours: Tuesdays from 12-2pm and Thursdays from 10-12pm)
SnapFresh is a website that helps you find the closest places that accept EBT cards (Food Stamps/SNAP). Enter your address and zip code or cross streets and city to find stores nearby.
The Golden Hill Farmers Market is mainly frequented by locals meaning you’ll get to beat most of the crowds and long lines that are characteristic of some of the other San Diego Farmers markets. The vendors provide basic offerings such as fresh organic and locally grown produce, tasty snacks and meal options such as hummus and pita chips, kombucha, crepes, tamales and grilled meats. Some popular vendors with the locals are those cooking up filipino and New Orleans inspired dishes. There is even a stand geared towards dogs where they sell a lot of treats, making this perfect for a Saturday morning stroll with your dog.
(Open Saturdays from 9:30am -1:30pm)
The IRC in San Diego is hosting the certified Downtown El Cajon Farmers Market(DECFM) which takes a new approach to the enormous potential of a farmers market. The DECFM focuses on enlivening and building a community from the vendors, to the residents, to local businesses and even the entire city. (Open Thursdays from 3pm-7pm)