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California free food banks.

Individuals in California can turn to a local food bank for free or low cost meals, food and groceries. Many of the pantries near you that are listed below work with other local charities, churches, and non-profits in your county and town. Together the various groups and pantries in your county (which are listed below) distribute food, groceries, produce, dairy products, baby formula, and much more to anyone who needs help.

The California food banks also partner with Feeding America, which is a national non-profit organization that operates in all 50 states across the country. Locations will also normally be able to help people apply for other government programs such as USDA Summer meals or theSspecial Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Together these various distribution centers near you can assist Californian families and individuals with accessing free food assistance and nutrition programs, including performing such activities as distributing fresh produce through the Farm to Family program. Information on other assistance programs such as CalFresh Program, WIC, or summer meals may be provided too.

Each and every year tens of millions of pounds of food are distributed to hundreds of thousands of individuals across California. While it is oftentimes the low income who request food, it is also very common for anyone who needs help to stop at a food bank. Many unemployed, people facing a short term financial hardship, the elderly, and others take advantage of the food pantries near them to meet their nutritional needs. There have been an increasing number of residents using the services of a nearby pantry due to the weak economy.

In addition to the food banks listed below, you can get food and other aid from California non-profits or government food programs. There is also a referral number at the bottom of this page for additional locations. Also learn how people of all incomes can receive food at 50% off from organizations such as discounted food box programs and other sources of cheap groceries.

Food banks and pantries in your local California county

Find information on more food banks as well as free food pantries that operate in your local town, city, and county. Find the phone numbers as well as addresses of those pantries and programs that are more specific to your California location by city and county. Or get a more extensive list below. Or even find free pet food pantries in California.








Alameda County
Alameda County Community Food Bank

7900 Edgewater Drive
Oakland, California
Phone number - 510-635-3663

Orange County
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

Location - 8014 Marine Way
Irvine, California
Telephone number is 949-653-2900
This non-profit works with churches and charities across Southern California. They provide those pantries with canned groceries, fresh fruits, rice, breads, and more. Those pantries they pass out the items to qualified clients.

Orange County
Community Action Partnership of Orange County

Location is 11870 Monarch Street
Garden Grove, CA
Administer several social services and can provide referrals and other support.

Alpine County
Food Bank of El Dorado County

6230 Enterprise Drive
Diamond Springs
Free meals, groceries, and perishable items are offered by this center.

Placer County
Community Resources Council

133 Church Street
Call for food, or information on local resources and assistance programs. Works with local charities such as the Salvation Army or community action agencies in California.

Amador County
Address: Interfaith Council of Amador County

12181 Airport Road
Jackson, CA
Call 209-267-9006





Riverside County
Second Harvest Food Bank

serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
2950-B Jefferson Street
Tens of thousands of Inland Empire California families receive help from this location every year. It distributes food, meats, canned goods, and government commodities. Also learn about holidays meals, and get information on public assistance like CalFresh.

Butte County
Community Action Agency of Butte County

2255 Del Oro Avenue
Call 530-538-7559 for hours

Sacramento County
California Food Bank of Sacramento

5800 Foodlink Street
Sacramento, CA
Telephone - 916-387-9000
This center supports the low income and working poor. Ask about applications for food stamps, Cal-Fresh, or get referrals to soup kitchens and pantries. Senior citizens can inquire into regional Meals on Wheels programs too.

Calaveras County
Resource Connection

206 George Reed Drive
San Andreas, CA
Phone number - 209-754-1257

San Benito County
The Community Food Bank of San Benito County

Location of center is 1133 San Felipe Road
Hollister, CA
Call 831-637-0340

Contra Costa County
Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano

Address of pantry - 4010 Nelson Avenue
Concord, California
The non-profit food distribution center works with charities, churches, and pantries in the northern portion of the state. Call them for referrals and information on other local and regional resources.

San Bernardino County
Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County

696 S. Tippecanoe Avenue
San Bernardino, California
Main phone number - 909-723-1500
Not only has information on food pantries, but may be able to coordinate financial assistance, housing, and other forms of aid for the needy.

Del Norte County
Rural Human Services, Inc.

286 M Street Suite A
Crescent City







San Diego County
San Diego Food Bank

9850 Distribution Avenue
San Diego

El Dorado County
Food Bank of El Dorado County

6230 Enterprise Drive
Diamond Springs
Telephone - 530-621-9950

San Francisco County
San Francisco Food Bank

900 Pennsylvania Avenue
San Francisco
Call 415-282-1907
The very low income, homeless, and others from the region turn to the center for free meals, clothing, and more. However they will more than likely receive referrals and other support.

Fresno County
Community Food Bank

3403 E. Central Avenue

San Joaquin County
San Joaquin County Human Services Agency

2736 North Teepee Dr, Suite C
Call 209-468-0982

Humboldt County
Food For People, Inc.

307 West 14th Street
Primary phone - 707-445-3166
Programs are focused on low income families, seniors, and disabled. Meals, groceries, and emergency food boxes may be offered.

San Luis Obispo County
Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

Address is 2212 Golden Hill Road
Paso Robles
Phone - 805-238-4664
Snacks for students and children, specialty meals for seniors, formula, and more may be served. The center can refer residents to emergency food assistance programs in the region as well.

Imperial County
Imperial Valley Food Bank

329 Applestill Road
El Centro
Telephone - 760-370-0966

San Mateo County
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara/San Mateo

750 Curtner Avenue
San Jose
Call 408-266-8866

Inyo County
Inyo/Mono Advocates For Community Action

224 South Main Street
Dial 760-873-8557
Works with local pantries. Breads, rice, frozen foods, hot meals, and emergency boxes of food may all be served to the needy and low income.





Santa Barbara County
Food Bank of Santa Barbara

4554 Hollister
Santa Barbara

Kern County
Community Action Partnership of Kern

300 19th Street
Call 661-336-5236
The non-profit can help people apply for government aid and other support. Some of what may be offered includes Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, food boxes, groceries, and perishable food items.

Santa Clara County
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara/San Mateo

750 Curtner Avenue
San Jose, CA
Phone number is 408-266-8866.
Low income families can be provided free groceries, produce, applications to CalFresh and other assistance from the organization. More information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo.

Kings County
Kings County Community Action Organization

Location is 1130 North 11th Avenue
Hanford, California
Call 559-582-4386

Santa Cruz County
Second Harvest Food Bank Serving Santa Cruz

800 Ohlone
Watsonville, CA
Main phone number is 831-722-7110

Lake County
Clearlake Gleaners, Inc.

Address: 1896 Big Valley Road
Finley, CA
Telephone - 707-263-8082

Shasta County
Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs, Inc.

100 Mercy Oaks Drive
Telephone - 530-226-3060
As the name implies, focuses its resources on the elderly, homebound, and senior citizens in the region. Some programs include Meals on Wheels, healthy meals, congregate meals and more.

Lassen County
Lassen County Council on Aging

1700 Sunkist Drive
Susanville, CA
Individuals over the age of 55, and their spouses, can turn to the aging office. Several recreation programs and services are available as well. Or get information on medical care and other aid. Applications may be available for low income energy bill assistance and programs such as Medicare.

Siskiyou County
Great Northern Corporation

780 South Davis Street
Main phone number is 530-938-1502

Los Angeles County
Food Bank of Southern California

Address: 1444 San Francisco Avenue
Long Beach
Call the non-profit at 562-435-3577
Works with other pantries, charities, and churches in southern California. Hot meals, free boxes of food, and other support is provided. Some basic needs such as household goods could be met.

Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

1734 East 41st Street
Los Angeles
The two LA County food banks above may serve more people than any other food bank in the nation. Call them for hours of food distribution, and get lists and phone numbers of local pantries.





Solano County
Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano

4010 Nelson Avenue

Madera County
Madera County Food Bank

225 South Pine Street, Suite 101

Sonoma County
Redwood Empire Food Bank

3320 Industrial Drive
Santa Rosa

Marin County
Marin Community Food Bank

Location is 75 Digital Drive
Novato, CA
Call 415-883-1302

Stanislaus County
Salvation Army Modesto Citadel

Address: 600 Janopaul Way
Modesto, California
A leading social service organization for the region. Free Christmas meals and gifts may be offered for children. Easter and Thanksgiving food baskets, a pantry, and more is available as well. Occasional funding or vouchers for bills or items like school supplies may be provided too.

Mariposa County
Merced County Food Bank, Inc.

Address - 2000 West Olive
Merced, California
Main number - 209-726-3663

Sutter County
Yuba/Sutter Gleaners Food Bank, Inc.

760 Stafford Way
Yuba City

Mendocino County
Mendocino Food and Nutrition Program, Inc.

910 North Franklin
Fort Bragg, CA
Main number is 707-964-9404

Tehama County
Tehama County Gleaners

Location of pantry is 13105 Coyote Lane
Red Bluff, California

Merced County
Merced County Food Bank, Inc.
2000 West Olive
Emergency food boxes, formula, vegetables, rice, and other food supplies are passed out.

Trinity County
Trinity County Food Assistance Program

Food pantry address - 9069 3rd Street
Telephone - 530-623-5409

Modoc County
Lassen County Council on Aging

1700 Sunkist Drive
Call for hours and intake 530-257-4884





Tulare County
Foodlink for Tulare County

7427 West Sunnyview
Visalia, CA
Hot meals, lunches, breakfast and more may be served. Or get a box of groceries. All supplies are limited and come with income and other restrictions. They will try not to turn anyone away.

Mono County
Inyo/Mono Advocates For Community Action

224 South Main Street

Tuolumne County
Amador/Tuolumne Community Action Agency, Inc.

Address - 935 South State Highway 49

Monterey County
Food Bank for Monterey County

Location is 815 West Market Street, #5
Main phone number is 831-758-1523

Ventura County
Food Share Inc. of Ventura County

4156 North Southbank Road
Oxnard, CA
Works with a number of local churches and non-profits. Programs are focused on immigrants and Hispanics too. Call the center for free food or vouchers. Can also refer people to other local social service agencies in California, or clothing closets.

Napa County
Community Action of Napa Valley

3273 Claremont Way, Suite 207
Napa, California
Serves residents of northern California and the wine country.

Yolo County
Food Bank of Yolo County

Address: 1244 Fortna Street
Some of what may be served includes baby formula, household and basic needs such as diapers, free groceries, fruits, and perishable items. Donate or volunteer at the free pantry if you can.

Nevada County
Food Bank of Nevada County

587 Sutton Way
Grass Valley
Main phone number - 530-272-3796

Yuba County
Yuba/Sutter Gleaners Food Bank, Inc.

760 Stafford Way
Yuba City, CA
Main number is 530-673-3834





Locations of more California free food banks

If you are not having any success with the California food banks listed above, or need information on other pantries near you, individuals and families who need further support can dial 866-321-4435 for more information or locations.


By Jon McNamara

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