Food & Basic Needs

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

Lack of adequate food is often what brings people to Interfaith’s doors, so feeding the hungry has always been one of our core services. Interfaith began when a handful of people started mobile food pantries out of the trunks of their cars.

Last year, we served more than 174,000 hot meals at our nutrition center in Escondido, and distributed more than 317,000 meals worth of groceries at our two food pantries in Escondido and Oceanside.


Food Services

Food Assistance
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.


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
Each 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.