A community of support
We continue to serve some of San Diego’s most vulnerable youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for ways you can access food, financial support, mental health services and more from San Diego Youth Services and many of our partners.
* Updated September 15, 2020. This list is updated as information becomes available.
Our Services During COVID-19:
Updates & Information
- San Diego County Information: For up-to-date, local information, visit the County COVID-19 Website.
Local Information Hubs
- 2-1-1 San Diego: 2-1-1 San Diego is a free, 24/hr confidential phone service and searchable online database for services
- LiveWell @ Home: LiveWell @ Home is a free resource from Live Well San Diego to help community residents find tips and strategies to stay healthy in both mind and body while staying at home.
- Mental Health Support: Mental health resources and self-care tools compiled by the County of San Diego for parents, families and caregivers.
Community Food Resources
Youth, infant – 18:
Any youth 18 or younger can receive food at dozens of schools throughout San Diego County. These are packed meals to take away during the school closures. See an updated list of sites and details from the County of San Diego Office of Education.
Feeding San Diego offers special meal distributions for children and teens at sites across San Diego County. Free meals are available for children Monday through Friday and at one site on Saturdays. Some sites also offer boxed dry goods and staple items. Visit feedingsandiego.org or call (858) 452-3663.
Get help buying food while schools are closed. COVID-19 Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) beneﬁts are available for CA families with students who received free or reduced-price meals before schools closed. Learn more at ca.p-ebt.org
Drive-through emergency food distribution: This service is offered by Feeding San Diego and community partners at multiple sites across the county.
South Bay: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8am
Community Through Hope
436 C St, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Southeastern: Every Tuesday, 3pm
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114
North Coastal: Every Thursday, 10am
3260 Production Ave, Oceanside, CA, 92057
North Inland: Every Friday, 1pm
First Congregational Church of Ramona
404 8th St, Ramona, CA 92065
Central: Every Saturday, 9am
San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council
SDCCU Stadium, Northeast Lot
9499 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Additional food sites for all ages: More food sites, including San Diego Food Bank locations, can be found here. Community members can also text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 to find the nearest Feeding San Diego site.
Resources for Foster Youth
Technology Help: iFoster provides free cell phones and laptops to current and former foster youth. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Community Resources
- Childcare Services & Information: See the YMCA’s special page for resources and information about childcare during COVID-19.
- Face Coverings: Learn how to make your own DIY face covering, with both sew and no sew options from the CDC.
- Handwashing Stations: See a map of county-wide handwashing stations
- San Diego Peer-to-Peer Warm Line: Call (619) 295-1055 or (800) 930-WARM (9276) 3:30pm – 11pm 7 days/week to speak to a Peer Support Specialist.
- Transportation: FACT is offering free transportation for San Diego residents for any essential need (groceries, doctor visits, etc.) until the stay at home order is lifted. Call (888) 924-3228 8am – 3pm Monday – Friday to set up transportation anywhere in San Diego County.
24-Hour Helplines & Emergency Resources
- San Diego Access & Crisis Line: Free, 24/7 confidential service through the County of San Diego. (888) 724-7240. CHAT services are also available Monday through Friday (4pm-10pm)
- California Peer-Run Warm Line: Free, 24/7 non-emergency emotional support and referrals. (855) 845-7415
- California Youth Crisis Line: 24/7 statewide emergency line for youth (12-24) and families in crisis. Call or text (800) 843-5200.
- National Child Abuse Hotline: Reports can be made 24/7. (800) 344-6000
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 24/7 support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence. (800) 799-7233
- National Human Traffficking Hotline: 24/7 support for you or someone you know who is a victim of human trafficking. (888) 373-7888. You can also text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. (800) 273-8255