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Eligibility

Anyone with very low income is eligible to receive assistance at a SOVA Center. Eligibility for SOVA’s free grocery distribution is determined by family size and household income level. Generally the eligibility guideline is yearly income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. However, when determining eligibility we take into consideration the high cost of living in Los Angeles and individual circumstances that may place a family in crisis. 

Number of
Persons in
Household

Monthly
Household
Income

Maximum
Annual
Income

1

$ 1,471.25

$ 17.655

2

$ 1,991.25

$ 23,895

3

$ 2,511.25

$ 30,135

4

$ 3,031.25

$ 36,375

5

$ 3,551.25

$ 42,615

6

$ 4,071.25

$ 48,855

7

$ 4,591.25

$ 55,095

8

$ 5,111.25

$ 61,335

 

For family units with more than 8 members, add $ 6,240 for each additional person to Maximum Annual Income. SOVA services are available exclusively to the following ZIP Codes:

ZIP Code ZIP Code ZIP Code
90004 90038 91324
90005 90039 91325
90006 90046 91326
90007 90048 91330
90008 90049 91335
90010 90057 91344
90012 90064 91356
90013 90067 91364
90014 90068 91367
90015 90069 91401
90016 90073 91402
90017 90077 91403
90018 90095 91405
90019 90210 91406
90020 90211 91411
90024 90212 91423
90025 90230 91436
90026 90232 91601
90027 91303 91602
90028 91304 91604
90029 91306 91605
90034 91307 91606
90035 91311 91607
90036 91316  
     

On your first visit, please arrive by the time the pantry first opens in the morning in order to register as a new participant and receive the complete program orientation.

We request official photo identification of first-time participants as well as identification for each additional household member showing that all are living at the same address. Please bring birth certificates for minor children.

You may visit the SOVA pantry once in each calendar month and receive groceries for all eligible household members. Grocery orders are sized according to the number of household members. If you are homeless and do not have refrigeration and/or cooking facilities, you may visit twice each month.

Please inform the SOVA volunteer of special dietary requirements so that your order can be packed appropriately (example: no meat, no pork, low salt, low sugar, Kosher, etc.).

SOVA Community Food & Resource Program  - Click For Locations & Hours
Main Office: 16439 Vanowen Street Van Nuys, CA 91406   818-988-7682

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