Police stepped in, accusing those giving the handouts of violating the city's municipal code. The law prohibits food sharing in public places like a park, KNSD reported.
In October, the city council passed the ordinance restricting food sharing to combat a hepatitis A outbreak.
Signs were posted at the park in November.
El Cajon police gave citations to all who were helping the homeless, including a 14-year-old, KNSD reported.