The number of refugees across the globe has grown exponentially in the last decade and has resulted in great stress for the receiving countries that must address the many needs of these populations. The multitude of issues and stressors refugees confront in their displacement, exile and resettlement are numerous and include physical and emotional violence, unknown outcomes, limited resources, separation from loved ones, illness and much more. A refugee, as defined by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is “someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group” (2016). San Diego is one of the major cities in the United States (US) that has been designated as a receiving city for refugees. According to the Refugee Programs Bureau of the California Department of Social Services, the county of San Diego has continuously (from 2009-2017) been ranked first among counties in California that accept and admit refugees. From 2009-2017 the county of San Diego admitted over 23,000 refugees from around the world (California Department of Social Services Refugee Programs Bureau). While refugees struggle with numerous issues as they transition into their new locations, one of the most significant is the ability to reproduce the food and food practices that define them as a people. The main purpose of this research is to describe how shifts in dietary habits impact the well-being of Somali refugees that settle in the city of San Diego. To better understand and address Somali perceptions of resettlement and changing food habits, I used quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. My research employed the use of three separate sources of data to include archival data and historical information (quantitative data); in-depth interviews with Somali community members, community leaders, and caseworkers (qualitative data); and a focus group with community members (qualitative data). My research strives to provide much needed data on refugee populations in the city of San Diego.