Food Stamps and Vouchers
• San Francisco Department of Human Service Food Stamps Program, (415) 558-1000 (general info), (415) 558-4186 (Food Stamp Outreach Hotline)
The Food Stamp Program provides monthly nutrition assistance for low-income people to purchase nutritional food. Eligibility to participate in the Food Stamp Program is based on household size, income, assets and other factors.
• San Francisco Department of Public Health: Women, Infants and Children (WIC), (415) 575-5788.
WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that provides vouchers for nutritious foods to low-income pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5. Foods include milk, eggs, cheese, etc. (Breastfeeding mothers can also get referrals for breast pumps.) There are several locations with various hours to choose from. WIC guidelines are in English, Spanish, and Chinese. The main phone number offers information in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Thai.
Local Farmers Markets
Did you know there are over 15 markets in the City? Visit a San Francisco Farmers Market. Buy locally and get seasonal fresh fruits and veggies or get your fresh bread, cheeses or other specialities. Get the kids involved. Give them a few dollars and let them buy whatever produce they want and will eat. It’s a great way to make them responsible for eating fruits and vegetables. There are always free samples to try at the markets. For more information about the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, please go to the USDA website.
Bring your large bag or a cart to help carry your goodies.
The Department of Public Health offers a chart of Farmers Markets in English, Spanish and Chinese. Read more...
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Vegetarian or Vegan?
Vegetarianism is a popular choice for many individuals and families. But parents may wonder if kids can safely follow a vegetarian diet and still get all necessary nutrients. Most dietary and medical experts agree that a well-planned vegetarian diet can actually be a very healthy way to eat. Read more from KidsHealth.org or visit the San Francisco Vegetarian Society for additional resounces.
• Visit our Nutrition page for healthy eating tips.