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If you have questions about these programs or would like Conner's Cause to help you and your family apply for them, please email us or leave us a phone message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 


211SANDIEGO is a local non-profit operating 24 hours a day, 365 days each year and provides access to community, health, social, and disaster services by calling 211 for information available in more than 200 languages. 211 also provides access to 6,000+ services, resources and programs through their online database. 211SANDIEGO has set up a special page with information on how to get help during the COVID19 emergency


The United Way of San Diego has set up a San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative to provide financial assistance to individuals impacted by layoffs and reduced working hours as a result of COVID19. The program is for low-wage workers who need support for a limited but undetermined length of time and will help pay for utilities, rent and mortgage payments. If you are a Conner's Cause family eligible for this program, please let us know if you need assistance providing documentation of need.



Feeding San Diego Families has a number of resources for families in need of assistance with groceries and other supplies, including emergency diapers and pet food. You can put in your address and their website will provide locations of food distribution sites closest to you.


The San Diego Food Bank’s Emergency Food Assistance Program distributes emergency food packages at 90 different locations across San Diego County every month. The majority of the food distributed at these sites includes nonperishable and shelf-stable food items.  To qualify for this program, your household must meet federal income guidelines.
This is a self-certifying program. Proof of income and I.D. are NOT REQUIRED to receive food from the program.

The Food Bank has expanded the Emergency Food Assistance Program which now includes locations throughout the county and recently added an additional 25 locations. 

In need of emergency groceries? The Food Bank and their  network of community partners are here to help. Use their Food Locator to find a food distribution site near you.

GPS Food Locator Map 

If you need help or for specific information regarding any of the Food Bank’s programs listed below, please call 1-866-350-FOOD (3663) toll free. A Food Bank staff member will be happy to assist you.

The Food Bank has these programs currently available. Click on the links below or call 1-866-350-FOOD(3663) for assistance from a Food Bank staff member. 

Neighborhood Distribution Program 

Emergency Food Assistance Program 

Senior Food Program

Food to Non Profits Program 

Cal Fresh Outreach Program

Diaper Bank Program 

Nutrition and Wellness Program


College Hunger Relief Program

Attention Conner's Cause families: If you are unable to travel to a Food or Diaper Distribution site in your area, please contact us at We are working with a number of local organizations to arrange delivery of emergency food and supplies to our most vulnerable families during this public health emergency. 

Support Services for over 20 Years...

Through our financial assistance program, Conner’s Cause helps families maintain access to essential medical care for their children and sustain a safe and appropriate in-home care environment. We fulfill our mission to ease the burden for our families by providing a wide range of financial resources for care-related expenses, including, but not limited to:

Out-of-Pocket Medical & Prescription Costs

Conner’s Cause provides financial assistance for medical appointment and prescription co-payments, out-of-pocket costs for medical supplies and equipment and out-of-pocket costs for physical, occupational and other therapies not covered by insurance.

Food & Supplement Assistance

Conner’s Cause distributes, on average, $4,000 each month in grocery and discount store gift cards so that families can provide nutritious food for children undergoing treatment. We also provide financial assistance to families for the purchase of special formulas and nutritional supplements for children with additional or restricted dietary needs.

Gasoline Cards

Conner’s Cause for Children distributes, on average, $4,000 each month in gasoline cards alone so that families from all over our region can focus on their child’s treatment, and not on how to cover the crushing cost of gasoline.

Transportation Costs & Car Repairs


Conner's Cause provides financial assistance to local families to enable their purchase of new tires, vehicle insurance and registration and minor car repairs.  This assistance ensures that hundreds of critically ill and injured children of our community have safe and reliable transportation.

Utility, Phone & Household Expenses

Each month, Conner's Cause provides hundreds of dollars in assistance for utility, water and phone bills to ensure that local families can maintain those basic household expenses essential for sustaining a safe and appropriate in-home care environment for medically fragile children. 

Request Assistance

Every year, Conner's Cause for Children lends a much needed helping hand to hundreds of families struggling with the financial burden of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness.

If your family is in need of financial assistance for some of your child’s care-related out of pocket expenses, Conner’s Cause for Children may be able to help you. Conner’s Cause for Children primarily assists families with children:


  • Who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or injury regardless of diagnosis

  • Are 18 years of age or younger

  • Reside in or receive treatment in San Diego County. 

If you would like more information or would like to apply for assistance, please email or call 760-487 1592.  Although we try our best to assist as many eligible families as possible, we do not always have the funds to guarantee assistance to all applicants.

Additional Community Resources:  There are many other organizations in our region which may have additional resources for your family. We try to update this list as often as possible, so please let us know if you have any questions or have suggestions that we can share with all of our families. Download a PDF copy of Additional Resources

Working Together . . .

Ronald McDonald

House Charities San Diego »

“Conner’s Cause is a tremendous resource for the families we serve.  It is so nice to know that the support isn’t restricted to a certain illness or diagnosis.

For Conner’s Cause, it’s about the health and well-being of the family. As we all know, when a family is in a medical crisis the focus is on getting the child well. It tends to be a very stressful time on many levels and Conner’s Cause does an amazing job of expediting the application process and providing families much needed support. We truly appreciate having Conner’s Cause as a resource for our families.”


Gabi Rivers »

Director of Operations

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