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Food Pantry & Meal Programs serving San Mateans

For information about grocery and meal programs throughout the County, contact the Food Connection Hotline at: 800-984-3663 or visit

CA Great Plates Delivered (Seniors)

Great Plates Delivered SMC matches participating restaurants with qualified residents, including those who are 65 and older, and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk from COVID-19, to deliver three (3) nutritious daily meals. Delivery is arranged by the food provider and requires that delivery workers are pre-vetted by background checks and other screening, likely tapping into existing delivery infrastructure. Eligible residents include those who are COVID-19 positive or have been exposed to COVID-19, and individuals with an underlying condition. In addition, they must live alone or with one other eligible adult, may not currently be receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs, and earn less than 600% of the federal poverty limit. Great Plates Delivered SMC is open for enrollment now. Residents are encouraged to call (800) 675-8437, and speak to multi-lingual county staff to apply for meal delivery services.

CalFresh Calfresh is a nutrition program that helps low-income individuals and families purchase healthy foods & provides monthly financial assistance on a debit-like card (EBT card.) The amount of benefits depends on family size, income, and monthly expenses such as housing & utilities. The EBT card can be used at most grocery stores, markets, and neighborhood stores. 1-800-223- 8383

Meals on Wheels

Food delivery program for older adults and adults with disabilities. Applicants must be age 18 or older and unable to prepare their own meals or go out to eat, and have little or no assistance to obtain adequate meals. Serve most of San Mateo County. 650-323-2022

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Because schools are closed due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in benefits, called P-EBT, starting May 2020.

Samaritan House

Dedicated to helping you navigate any crisis, Samaritan House combines access to food, clothing, housing/shelter, and healthcare with personalized case management. The Samaritan House food program compromises a drive-through food pantry pick up and a mobile meals program for homebound individuals. Eligible San Mateo County residents may call (650) 347-3648 to register. Open to all, the Samaritan House Dining Room at the Masonic Lodge in San Mateo offers takeout meals every weeknight.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Provides referrals to food pantries, soup kitchens, & food stamp programs. Call in advance for pick up. Text "GETFOOD" to 408-455-5181 for local food distribution locations near you. 650-610-0800 or 1-800-984- 3663

Women Infants and Children’s (WIC) Program

Offers nutrition education and supplemental food to low-income women who are pregnant, post-partum or breastfeeding, and children under age 5. Not an emergency food program. 650-573-2168



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