UFCW Local 135

Member Resources


Workers Compensation

Disability Rights


Food Assistance

Domestic Violence

Theft, Fraud
or misuse of
Your Social

Children Services



Southern California UFCW & Food Employers Joint Benefit Fund

Scholarship & Tuition Assistance

The Trustees of the United Food & Commercial Workers Unions and Food Employers Benefit Fund take great pride in providing the Scholarship Award and Tuition Assistance Programs.

These programs are available to active Plan A Participants and their eligible children.

The Fund considers scholarships and tuition reimbursement to be excludable from income. Please check with your own tax advisor to determine if you have any tax consequences as the result of receiving benefits for yourself or your children from the Scholarship Award and Tuition Assistance programs.

Under this program, the Fund awards scholarships to active Plan A Participants and their eligible children in recognition of their outstanding academic, technical, or vocational potential or achievement; dedicated community service; and a high degree of personal accomplishment.

UFCW Free College Benefit

Think college is too expensive? Think again. Because of your UFCW membership, you and your family members can earn an associate degree online from a public, accredited community college – with no out-of-pocket costs to you. The process is simple and can save you thousands of dollars.

The UFCW Free College Benefit ensures that UFCW members and their families do not have to pay out of pocket for any tuition, fees or e-books at Eastern Gateway Community College—resulting in cost savings of thousands of dollars!

The Free College Benefit covers any amount for tuition, fees or books that is not covered by federal or employer education grants.

Children (or stepchildren), grandchildren (or step-grandchildren), spouses, domestic partners, and financial dependents of UFCW members are eligible for the UFCW Free College Benefit. Retired UFCW members are also eligible.

Want to earn your GED?

Every UFCW member can take GED classes for free. UFCW members can take General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes for free through Essential GED.

This GED program offers a customized learning plan, so that you’ll be able to successfully prepare yourself to pass the GED test, regardless of when you last went to school.

If you are interested in using this benefit, please complete and submit the form on this page. It may take a few days to verify your UFCW membership. However, once confirmed, you’ll receive an email that explains how to login and begin taking free online GED classes.

This program also allows you to study at your own pace – all classes are self-guided and can be completed from your phone or tablet.

At this time, this benefit is only available to UFCW members and retirees. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the UFCW education helpdesk at [email protected].

Learn a new language for free

UFCW members can start learning Spanish, French, German, English, and/or  Mandarin today. UFCW members can use this benefit to learn a foreign language for free online and at their own pace. All lessons are self-guided.

If you are interested in using this benefit, please complete and submit the form on this page. It may take a few days to verify your UFCW membership. However, once confirmed, you’ll receive an email that explains how to login and begin taking free online foreign language lessons.

At this time, this benefit is only available to UFCW members and retirees. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the UFCW education helpdesk at [email protected].

Continuing Education For Rx Professionals

The Rx Consultant gives pharmacists & pharmacy technicians an easy-to-use tool for meeting CE requirements and staying up to date on drug therapy.

It is a subscription service from Continuing Education Network, Inc. (CEN). CEN has been providing streamlined updates on drug therapy for common diseases to pharmacist & technicians nationwide for 26 years.

Special UFCW Group Rate — 53% Off Regular Pricing

Workers Compensation

2635 Camino del Rio S, Ste 110
San Diego, CA
(619) 296-5884

At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we pride ourselves on making sure that our clients know exactly what to expect throughout the workers’ compensation process. We walk our San Diego area clients step by step through the initial meeting with us, the process of filing a claim, what the resolution of their case could be and when it could be reached.

We use the resources and experience of our firm to make the workers’ compensation process as simple and straightforward as possible for our clients. At the same time, we use creative solutions to try to get our clients paid as quickly as possible so that they can focus more on their recovery and less on their legal issues. During the process, we can also help you file for unemployment if you can no longer work.

Disability Rights

DRC is a nonprofit agency and the largest disability rights group in the nation. Federal law established the DRC to protect and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities including providing tools to help you resolve disability-related legal problems.

If you are a regional center client, you may ask for help from the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA).

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy

(866) 833-6712
(877) 669-6023 (TTY)


The America’s Job Centers can provide you with FREE services to help while you are transitioning to your next job.  Because of the circumstances of the store closures, all former Haggen employees are automatically eligible for assistance.  As soon as you receive your layoff letter just give us a call and we will provide one-on-one guidance to enroll you for supportive services to help out with gas cards, bus passes, store cards for food and clothing.   We can also discuss any of our other services that may be of help to you.

Please don’t hesitate to take advantage of all the America’s Job Centers can provide – remember – it’s already been paid for by your tax dollars!!

Contact us anytime

Diane Rose at 619-628- 0322 or  Adonna Aubry-Slay at 619-628-0319

For more information go to our website at www.southsdcareercenter.com

Emergency Food Assistance

There are NO REQUIREMENTS to accessing any of the Feeding San Diego food distributions!


Ongoing: Every Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 AM

Community Through Hope Eucalyptus
Park 436 C Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910  

Every Tuesday 3:00 PM

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
404 Euclid Ave
San Diego, CA 92114


Every Thursday 10:00 AM

Brother Benno
3260 Production Ave
Oceanside, CA 92057


Every Friday 1:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Ramona
404 8th St
Ramona, CA 92065

Emergency food assistance
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 4:00pm

917 East Vista Way
Vista, CA 92084
(760) 631-4792

Food Assistance
Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30 am – 8 am

3260 Production Ave.
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 439-1244

Emergency Food Assistance
Mon-Fri 8:00am – 10:30 am

550 West Washington Ave. Ste. B
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 489-6380

Interfaith Coastal Service Center

Emergency Assistance Available
Mon-Fri 9:00am-11:45am, 1:00am-3:45pm (Closed the 1st Friday of each month)
Must have photo ID

2195 Oceanside Blvd.
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 721-2117

Emergency Food Assistance
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Domestic Violence

San Diego County Domestic Violence Hotline

1 (888) 385-4657
Available 24 hours a day

Womens Resource Center logo

Women’s Resource Center

1963 Apple St.
Oceanside, CA 92054
24 Hour Hotline: (760) 757-3500

  • Residential Services
  • Alternatives to Abuse Emergency Shelter
  • Transitional Housing
  • Non-Residential Services:
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Crisis Telephone Hotline
  • Adult Counseling
  • Children’s Counseling
  • Community and School Prevention Services
  • Community Involvement
  • Domestic Violence Perpetrator Program
  • Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
  • Domestic Violence Response Teams (DVRT)
  • Volunteer Services

Access & Crisis Line 

(800) 479-3339

Children Welfare Services & the Child Abuse Hotline

(800) 344-6000

Aging and Independent Services & Adult Protective Services

(800) 510-2020

Identity Theft, Fraud or misuse of Your Social Security

How do I report identity theft, fraud or misuse of my Social Security number?

To Report identity theft, fraud or misuse of my Social Security number, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, recommends that you take the following steps:

Place a fraud alert on your credit file by contacting one of the three companies:

  • Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
  • Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
  • Experian: 1-888-397-3742

The company that you contact is required to contact the other two, which will then place an alert on their versions of your report.

Review your credit report from inquiries from companies you have not contacted; accounts you did not open; and debts on your accounts that you cannot explain.

Close any accounts that you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently

File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.

File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling them at 1-877-438-4338 (TTY 1-8666-853-4261)

Children Services

San Diego Children’s Services

463 North Midway Escondido, CA 92027
(760) 480-3404
8:00am – 5:00pm

1320 Union Plaza Ct
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 754-3456
8:00am – 5:00pm

San Diego Child Care Assistance Program Information

(800) 716-4300

Call or visit website to locate local Enrollment Entities by zipcode with assistance with application
1 (800) 880-5305 or
1 (888) 747-1222

Monday – Friday 8am-8pm or Saturday 8am-5pm