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FREE Christmas Gifts & Food in San Diego, California

FREE Christmas Gifts & Food in San Diego, California

Need FREE Christmas toys & food in San Diego, California? Whether you live in San Diego or the surrounding area, we’ve found resources that can help your family with free Christmas gifts and food this holiday season!

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Get Free Toys In San Diego, California

Operation Help A Hero offers their services to active duty military members who have children or are expecting a child. Their program, Operation Help A Hero, provides gifts for their children, grocery and gas cards, gift certificates, and more to bridge the gap during a difficult time. Active duty military members who suffered from a service related medical separation within the past 12 months, also qualify for this program.

Presbyterian Urban Ministries offers a hand to those in need living in San Diego, California. They offer a toy program where low-income families in need can sign their child up for free toys (through Toys for Tots) and a back pack filled with school supplies. In addition, they offer a free clothing store where the homeless can visit each month and others in need can visit every three months, and a grocery program where families can receive a quarterly bag of groceries and free snack bags every week.

Rock Church San Diego offers the Angel Tree program for low-income families and children who have at least one parent in incarceration.

Salvation Army offers several services to low-income families in need throughout San Diego. They offer the Angel Tree program where families in need get paired with community members who want to make their Christmas bright. Community members will buy clothing, toys, games, gift certificates, and more then distribute them just before Christmas. They also offer emergency food services in the form of free bags of groceries, holiday dinner boxes filled with turkey and all the fixings, and a free soup kitchen that provides warm meals every day. To take part in their services, families must provide a valid form of identification, birth certificates and social security cards for all members of the household, provide a list of income and expenses, and have eligible children under the age of 16 living in their household full time.

Toys For Joy partners with local schools and businesses to bring you the Toys for Joy event. At the event, children will receive a toy and their families will receive food.

Toys For Tots provides toy donation boxes all across San Diego and holds annual Toy Drives to help low-income families during the holiday season. Using these boxes and toy drives allows them to collect new, unopened toys from community members and distribute them to less fortunate families in the area. Toys get delivered to families one week before Christmas. Families must register their children by using the request toys link on their website, provide a valid form of identification, proof of residency, and meet the income guidelines for their household size.

Trees For Troops is a program offered through the Christmas Spirit Foundation that provides farm grown Christmas trees to the United States Armed Forces. This program offers their services to all branches of the military that are active and non-active.

Get Free Food In San Diego, California

Lemon Grove Lutheran Church provides free food twice a month. In addition, at their “Soup’s On!” dinner they serve a hot meal to 100+ individuals. This food pantry is open four days a week.

San Diego Food Bank offers a variety of programs to help with food. These include neighborhood distribution, emergency food services, a senior food program, a college hunger relief program and many more!

The Church of the Nazarene at Mid-City receives food donations from local businesses and area food banks that allow them to offer low-income families free food throughout the month.

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Julie Brown

Thursday 21st of November 2019

Hi I live in San ysidro, where can I get a free turkey and fixings for low income resident?

Riley Thomson

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Julie, This is everything we have for Christmas help for San Diego County. Be sure to click on the links within the article for more details. You could also try or more resources in your area. I hope this helps. -Riley

Tuesday 9th of October 2018

thanks for this site! It’s very helpful. I’m sorry to hear that people leave negative comments. Personally I am new to San Diego and a victim of domestic violence. My two kids and I had to move away from our home and everything we know and I found this site and the resources are very much appreciated! From a Survivor:)

Chloe Skupnick

Friday 12th of October 2018

Hi there! I understand how difficult it can be to be a survivor- congratulations though! I took your name and email out because this site is public and anonymity can be important for survivors. We're always happy to help! Here are some more resources we've found in California:


Diana Mafnas

Tuesday 19th of December 2017

Thank you Shay, for providibg this site for assistance. It gives me hope!:-) Take care. Diana