Nutrition & Basic Needs

It is estimated that in San Diego alone, over 280,000 children don’t get enough to eat.

With 1 in 4 children in San Diego County at-risk for hunger, along with an estimated 9,000 homeless residents living without permanent shelter, the basic human need for food has never been greater.  Last year, Interfaith Community Services was there to help by providing over 300,000 meals for hungry children, struggling families and the homeless.

Interfaith’s comprehensive Nutrition and Basic Needs Program includes emergency food pantries in Escondido and Oceanside, as well as a hot morning meal and sack lunch program at the Margaret R. Freund Family Nutrition Center located at Interfaith Community Services’ Escondido headquarters.


Nutrition Services


Food Assistance

Last year Interfaith Community Services presented customized emergency food supplies to over 16,000 families and connected over 6,000 children with nutritious meals – often the only food they received outside of school.

Interfaith provides emergency food assistance at both our Betty & Melvin Cohn Center in Escondido and at our Coastal Service Center in Oceanside. Individuals and families working with Interfaith’s client advocate staff in our Family & Social Services programs and our Shelter and Housing programs benefit from more frequent support from the food pantry.



Last year, Interfaith Community Services prepared over 100,000 nutritious and filling meals, as well as presented 145,000 emergency pantry meals, 125,000 hot meals and 30,000 sack lunches to hungry North County residents.

Each morning at our Inland Service Center in Escondido, from 6:30am – 7:30 a.m., volunteers from local faith communities, schools, and service clubs gather to serve a free hot breakfast to the homeless and low income in our area. We typically serve between 100 and 150 hungry people each morning.

For many of our morning clients, this breakfast might be the only hot meal they eat all day, so we typically serve a meal that looks more like a dinner, such as spaghetti with meatballs, a green salad, green beans, garlic bread, a pastry, coffee, milk, and juice. In addition, each person is given a sack lunch “to go” for work or school.


Basic Needs


Shower & Laundry Facilities
Every weekday morning at our Inland Service Center in Escondido, beginning at 6:15 a.m., individuals have access to showers and laundry facilities.


Mail, Phone, Message, Fax & Copy Services
Clients are able to utilize Interfaith’s Inland Service Center as a permanent address for receiving mail and phone messages. In addition, they are able to use our fax and copy machines, as well as the phone for making business related calls within the area codes 760, 858, and 619.


If you or someone you know is in need of food and basic needs assistance, contact us today.

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