San Diego basic needs, free clothes and school supplies.
If you need free or low cost clothes or school supplies in San Diego County, call or stop by one of the many churches, charities, or clothing closets in the region. Non-profit centers focus on meeting the needs of those who are less fortunate. Many centers offer items such as free supplies or uniforms for school or work, professional work attire, shoes, backpacks, and general clothing items. Some locations and thrift stores in San Diego County may also sell items to the general public at reduced prices.
The leading organizations to call in southern California are below. Additional services distributed range from baby clothes, formula, and diapers to Christmas assistance as well as some household and personal hygiene supplies. Most locations also have case workers or volunteers who can provide referrals, or information on local food pantries or other charities. If you are struggling, unemployed, or looking for some clothing, do not hesitate to call a San Diego clothing closet for help. In addition, there are many low cost thrift stores in the county for low cost furniture, beds, toys, school books, and more. In addition, those locations offer discounts, and find where to get free coupons.
2300 Bancroft Drive
Spring Valley, California, 91977
Telephone number is (619) 463-0725
Provides clothing and free baby supplies, emergency food, and can offer assistance including pre-screening and food stamp applications. Students in San Diego County, including immigrants, can also apply for free back to school supplies or summer clothes.
Journey Food and Clothing Bank
8363 Center Drive, Suite 6C
La Mesa, CA, 91942
Call (619) 464-4544
Clothes, shoes, back to school supplies, jackets, and other items (in addition to food) may be given out.
Ramona Food and Clothes Closet
Address is 773 Main Street
Ramona, California, 92065
Telephone number is (760) 789-4458
Offers clothing to families in need. They only provide services to the residents of Warner Springs, Julian, Ramona, and Ranchita. Also offers information and referrals. A thrift store also sells a variety of donated household items and clothing.
The thrift store can assist low-income individuals and families with housewares, food, clothing, furniture, medical equipment and referrals to other charities. Nutritious and non-perishable food items are offered to seniors in those communities mentioned above.
Imperial Beach United Methodist Church
455 Palm Avenue
Imperial Beach, California, 91932
Call (619) 424-5181
Aid is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gleaning Field Foundation
Main address is 2222 Watson Way, Vista, CA, 92083
Distributes clothing, school supplies, hygiene products, holiday food boxes back packs, sleeping bags, treat packs, and blankets. Other outreach services are offered.
Christ Temple Apostolic Church International Ministries
309 Prescott Avenue
El Cajon, California, 92020
Telephone - (619) 937-0197
Clothing, personal hygiene items, and toiletries.
Holy Family Conference of St Vincent de Paul
1957 Coolidge Street
San Diego, CA, 92111
Main phone number is (858) 354-7571
Can offer clothing, food, and referrals to government organizations and public aid.
On Your Feet Inc.
1727 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92105
Call the clothing closet at (619) 269-8552
Pregnancy Resource Center
1830 Hacienda Drive #8, Vista, California, 92081
Telephone - (760) 945-4673
Offers material goods including baby clothes, free formula, diapers and baby furniture. Referrals for rental assistance, adoption, low income housing and free legal assistance and social services is available.
Birthline of San Diego County
1220 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, California, 91911
Call (619) 425-5012
Emergency supplies and vouchers for clothes, diapers, formula, and nonperishable food items.
A second center is at 3660 Clairemont Drive, Suite 4, San Diego, CA, 92117, (858) 270-2491
St Rose of Lima Catholic Parish
278 Alvarado Street, Chula Vista, California, 91910
Call (619) 427-7637
Alternatives Women's Center
Address of center is 257 East Second Avenue
Escondido, California, 92025
Helps meet basic needs, offers maternity and baby clothes, diapers, and more. Some financial aid may be offered.
Emergency Services – Clairemont
4167 Rappahannock Avenue, San Diego, California, 92117
Telephone - (858) 274-2273
Clothing and hygiene items are available. San Diego families, and those in poverty as well as Spanish speakers, can get school items, personal hygiene supplies, belts, gift cards, and other assistance.
Good Neighbor Center, Chollas View
906 North 47th Street, San Diego, CA, 92102
Phone - (619) 264-0368
New Seasons Church, Heavens Windows
2300 Bancroft Drive, Spring Valley, California, 91977
Call (619) 463-0725 for support.
Kids can apply for help at their birthday. Or register for a donation service for school books, supplies, and free clothes, all of which are critical to education.
First Presbyterian Church of San Diego
320 Date Street, San Diego, CA, 92101
Has clothing for winter and holiday assistance as well.
North Coastal Services
Address is 2195 Oceanside Boulevard, Oceanside, CA, 92054
Offers clothing vouchers, school clothing and supplies, and professional work attire for interviews or a new job. May have free gasoline vouchers and financial aid for medications and other needs.
Birth Choice of San Marcos - Pregnancy Resource Center
Location is 277 South Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite S, San Marcos, California, 92069
Main phone (760) 744-1313
Offers emergency supplies of baby food and formula, medical care and more.
Naval Base San Diego - Thrift Shop
San Diego, California, 92136
Sells items to general public and military members.
Auntie Helen's Project - Thrift Store
4028 Thirtieth Street, San Diego, CA, 92104
Sells low cost clothing and household items to the public, and accepts donations. There are beds for kids or adults, kitchen tables, lights, desks for work, and many other items.
Brother Benno Foundation
3260 Production Avenue, Oceanside, CA, 92054
God's Extended Hand
469 16th Street, San Diego, CA, 92101
Dial (619) 237-0079
Many resources are offered for the homeless too.
Dress for Success
3295 Meade Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92116
Provides free clothing to low income women who have an interview, who are trying to re-enter the job market. Also offers other employment services.
Crisis House, Inc.
1034 North Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, California, 92020
Telephone number is (619) 444-1194
Diapers, baby layettes, infant formula and food is offered as well as government surplus commodities. When available, infant food, diapers, baby layettes, and formula are provided for emergencies.
1675 Garnet Avenue
San Diego, CA, 92109
Telephone number is (858) 272-0163
Clothing closet , hygiene items, and bus tokens/passes may be offered as well as referrals.
Salvation Army Centers
There are multiple locations. Call (619) 473-0165 for intake.
Offers outreach, information and referral, clothing, Christmas assistance, gifts, toys, and more, including case management. There is also a summer and fall free back to school giveaway program, in which supplies, pens, pencils, and other items are given out. Find other Salvation Army assistance programs in San Diego.
St Stephen's Church
31020 Cole Grade Rd
Valley Center, CA, 92082
Call (760) 753-3056 for hours.
Services include disbursement of clothing and household goods from local thrift stores.
Crisis House, Inc.
1034 North Magnolia Avenue
El Cajon, California, 92020
Main phone (619) 444-1194
In an emergency, apply for clothes, hygiene supplies, free diapers for new parents, and other support.
730 F Street, San Diego, CA, 92101
When funding allows provides clothing vouchers and referrals to other social service agencies and public aid. Apply for food stamp/SNAP/CalFresh here too.
Fallbrook Food Pantry
Main address of pantry and clothing closet 1042 South Mission Road, Fallbrook, California, 92028
May have some clothing, and also limited appliances to clients.
South Bay Community Church
2400 Euclid Avenue
National City, CA, 91950
Telephone number is (619) 267-5500
St Peter's Episcopal Church
334 14th Street, Del Mar, California, 92014
Interfaith Community Services and Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)
550 West Washington Avenue, Suite B
Escondido, CA, 92025
Provides job placement, work clothes , tools, interview attire, resume critique and more as needed.
Mid-City Christian Fellowship
4100 Fairmont Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92105
Mutual Benefit Association
3014 Imperial Avenue
San Diego, CA, 92102
Call the non-profit at (619) 238-9763
Offers services such as clothing, referrals to legal counseling, non-emergency medical and dental care, childcare, and job training/employment information.
Assistance League of Greater San Diego - Operation School Bell
Address is 108 University Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92103
Provides 2 sets of new school clothes including uniforms, shoes, backpacks, etc. Find more help with school supplies. Low income parents can apply, and their may also be belts, hats, notebooks, and many other items.
Project Hand Emergency Assistance, Chula Vista
Main office is at 580 Hilltop Drive
Chula Vista, California, 91910
Hygiene/personal care items, and clothing vouchers are offered.
Social Services Program
650 Second Street
Encinitas, California, 92024
Employment preparation classes, motel vouchers, and more is offered.
So Others May Eat Incorporated
Call (858) 414-8281
Thrift Store, St Vincent De Paul, El Cajon/Fletcher Hills
2325 Fletcher Parkway
El Cajon, CA, 92020
Sells gently used but donated clothing, furniture, household goods, and appliances to the San Diego County public. Children, elementary and high school, can also get free back to school uniforms, supplies (bags, tablets, books, etc.) and more.
Uptown Faith Community Service Center
4101 30th Street, Suite B
San Diego, California, 92104
Programs for the elderly and seniors include hygiene supplies, clothing, and more.
Paradise Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church
2727 East 7th Street
National City, CA, 91950
Family Health Centers of San Diego, Elm Street
140 Elm Street, San Diego, CA, 92102
7592 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA, 91945, (619) 515-2550
1809 National Avenue, San Diego, California, 92113, (619) 515-2398
3544 30th Street, San Diego, CA, 92104, telephone number is (619) 515-2424
2391 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92102, dial (619) 515-2435
8788 Jamacha Road, Spring Valley, California, 91977, phone (619) 515-2555
3705 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109, (619) 515-2444
1111 West Chase Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020, (619) 515-2499
5454 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115, (619) 515-2400
220 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114, (619) 515-2560
1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 515-2430
3544 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104, (619) 515-2424