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Free food pantries and groceries Contra Costa County.

Free food banks and soup kitchens in Contra Costa County California provide the low income, seniors, and needy with extensive amounts of support, including meals, free food, groceries and more. Thousands of local families get help each month from food pantries near them. There is also a telephone number at the bottom of the page for referrals to more free food pantries as well as government benefits, such as CalFresh application sites, in Contra Costa County.

While the exact resources at each location will vary, some of the free emergency food pantries may also have items such as Christmas baskets or gifts, Turkeys for Thanksgiving, and home delivered meals for the homebound as part of Meals on Wheels. If you live in Contra Costa California, the leading places to call for assistance are below.

Individuals and families can stop by and apply for or request help from the food pantries, charities, or churches that run them. Each center will do its best to assist anyone who stops by, regardless of their background or income. Immigrants, senior citizens, the disabled, and single moms among others often get assistance.

The pantry may also be able to supply free food, clothing, personal hygiene items, diapers, or other help. They are also a great place to contact for referrals and information on local charities as well as non-profits in Contra Costa County, as well as help in applying for government aid such as food stamps or WIC. Working poor households and those in poverty may also be referred to public aid, including CalFresh food stamps, free school lunches or breakfast or WIC vouchers. Locate public and government benefits in California.

North Creek Church
Address: 2303 B Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, California 94598
Phone number - (925) 210-9036

Parkhaven Baptist Church
Address: 1187 Meadow Lane
Concord, California 94520
Call the church at (415) 939-2377 for hours of food distribution.
Boxes of groceries, perishable items such as fruits and vegetables, and other goods are available.




First Baptist Church - Pittsburg
224 Linda Vista
Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 473-2018

Kings Chapel
Location - 320 Worrell Road
Antioch, CA 94509
Dial - (925) 756-7315
The low income and needy in the parish can stop by for emergency food boxes in a crisis.

All Nations COGIC
Location - 1225 York Street
Richmond, California 94801
Dial - (510) 232-6441

St. David's Pantry - St. Mark's Gymnasium
159 Harbor Way
Richmond, CA 94801
Call (925) 757-4099 to reach a representative from the charity organization of Contra Costa County.
The non-profit has a free food pantry for local Contra Costa County families. The site may have dry and canned goods, formula, paper products, and personal toiletries to those in need from the region.

Visions Christian Center
Address: 2752 W Tregallas Rd
Antioch, CA 94509
(925) 777-0290
Get information, or direct assistance, on meeting several needs. A food pantry, clothing closet, and other assistance programs are administered. They also serve free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals to low income Contra Costa County families.

Central City Ministries
1230 Bissell Ave
Richmond, CA 94801
Telephone number - (510) 215-0227





Rejoyce Christian Center
Address: 90 Village Drive
Brentwood, California 94513
Main phone - (925) 240-0380
Meals for the homeless, children, and elderly may be served.

Salvation Army Food Banks
The Christian church helps the struggling and poor. A free food bank and family store give support. There are canned groceries, fresh fruits, Ensure for the elderly, and more. Soup kitchens also serve free hot meals to the low income, homeless, and Contra Costa County families living in poverty.

The case management process also directs families to state and federal aid, including SNAP food stamps or USDA meals. Other holiday meal and toy programs are offered too, including free Turkeys for struggling households. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Contra Costa County.

Byron Methodist Church
14671 Byron Highway
Byron, California 94514
(925) 634-6625

The Dwelling Place Church
Food pantry address is 90 Village Drive
Brentwood, CA 94513
Phone: (925) 625-2022
Food distribution occurs every 1st and 3rd Sunday from 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mountain View Christian Church
Location - 5000 Amaryllis Street
Oakley, CA 94561
Telephone number - (925) 625-9570

Power For Living Ministries
Address is 707 West 10th Street
Antioch, CA 94509
Call the center at (925) 978-7356
Has meals, fruits, breads, and provides information on various local government resources and non-profit charity groups.

MacArthur Community Baptist Church
Address: 2301 Rumrill Boulevard, Room 27
San Pablo, CA 94806
(510) 232-0258
Church offers groceries, perishable items, and counseling and general support.

Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church
1801 Lacassie Avenue
Walnut Creek, California 94596
(925) 937-3978
Not only may a box of food be passed out in an emergency, but other basic needs such as clothing or personal hygiene items may be offered by referrals.





Agape International Church & Ministries - AICM
Address is 604 West Madill Street
Antioch, California 94509
(925) 709-4424

Bethel Church
3429 Cutting Boulevard
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 236-3598

Community Produce Program - Ambrose Community Center
3105 Willow Pass Road
Bay Point, California 94565
(925) 676-7543
They give out fruits, vegetables, and other fresh food.

First Family Church
3195 Contra Loma Boulevard
Antioch, California 94509
Main phone - (925) 706-1238
The Contra Costa County food pantry can provide Diced tomatoes, rice, bread, canned meat, fruits, and other supplies.

Grace Temple COGIC
1001 Fitzuren Road
Antioch, CA 94509
(925) 779-1491

Light Ministries Bread of Life Living Word Church - Antioch
Food bank and soup kitchen is is at 415 West 6th Street
Antioch, CA 94509
(925) 778-1639
A soup kitchen and pantry are on site. Everyone from Hispanics or non-English speakers to the unemployed or disabled can get free groceries and food.

New Covenant Church
Address: 6080 Bethel Island Road
Bethel Island, CA 94511
(925) 684-2700
Families can use the client choice food pantry. There may be Dried beans, Boxed or Canned Soups, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Bread, fresh produce and more. The pantry may also have personal toiletries, feminine goods, baby formula, adult or baby wipes and other goods.

Pentecostals of the Bay Area
Location is 310 Central Avenue
Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 439-3660

St. Callistus Catholic Church
3580 San Pablo Dam Road
El Sobrante, CA 94803
(510) 243-7501







St. Bonaventure - St. Vincent de Paul
5562 Clayton Road
Concord, CA 94521
For hours, dial (925) 672-5800 x2234
A food bank and soup kitchen is on site. There may be brown bag lunches, free Meals on Wheels for the local Contra Costa region, and other help.

St. John the Baptist Church
11150 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 232-5659
Call for hours to the emergency food pantry.

St. Peter Martyr of Verona Church
740 Black Diamond Street
Pittsburg, California 94565
(925) 432-477

Alpha and Omega COGIC
Main office - 2328 Willow Pass Road
Bay Point, CA 94565
(925) 427-0887
The pantry may pass out Rice, Pasta, and Other Pantry Staples, detergent, shampoo, dairy, milk, formula and many other items.

Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church
Address: 4150 Railroad Avenue
Pittsburg, California 94565
(925) 427-2161
Groceries, baby formula, snacks for students and children may be available.

North Richmond Missionary Baptist Church
1427 Filbert Street
Richmond, California 94805
Dial (510) 232-7751 for services

Family Life Center of Brentwood
605 Harvest Park Drive
Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 634-2016
Programs can help meet many needs of Contra Costa families. Obtain free or low cost food, groceries, meals. Other services, offered on a limited basis, can provide financial help for bills. Assistance is offered for seniors and unemployed as well. Also a great place for referrals to government programs such as food stamps too.

Pittsburg Seventh Day Adventist Church
900 Los Medanos Street
Pittsburg, California 94565
Call (925) 432-7355. Food and limited financial help for basic needs such as rent or electric bills may be offered.

Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa - There are multiple sites below.

  • Food pantry address is 835 Ferry St, Martinez, California 94553, Main Phone: (925) 293-4792.
  • Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa - Antioch, 403 West 6th Street, (925) 778-1639
  • 1403 Main Street, Oakley, CA 94561, (925) 293-4792
  • 1415 Simpson Court, Pittsburg, CA 94565, (925) 293-4792

Whether financial aid or free food boxes, help is available. They also have paper products, applications to CalFresh, and information on free school lunches for kids. Other items may be pasta, spaghetti, eggs, dairy, and more. OR single moms can get diapers, immigrants documentation, and the charity helps in other ways.

St. Jerome Catholic Church
Location of church - 308 Carmel Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Dial the food bank at the church - (510) 525-0876

St. Catherines - St. Vincent de Paul
Address: 1125 Ferry Street
Martinez, CA 94553
Telephone number is (925) 228-2230
A food pantry and thrift store are operated by the Contra Costa social service agency. The charity may also have Christmas assistance, meals, and toys. Information and referrals to programs such as Meals on Wheels and the Summer Food Service Program may be provided.

Walnut Creek Church of Christ
Address - 500 Minert Road
Walnut Creek, California 94598
(925) 825-7810





Your Resources Program @ New Beginnings Church
825 Cumberland Street
Pittsburg, CA 94565
Main number - (925) 642-7799
Counselors can direct individuals to local food programs and banks. Also learn about state of California and federal government options such as food stamps and meals.

East County Boys and Girls Club
Address is 1001 Stoneman Avenue
Pittsburg, California 94565
Phone number - (925) 439-5933

Contra Costa St. Vincent De Paul is one of the leading social service agencies. Learn about programs such as rent help and electric bills. Apply for free food, diapers, and baby formula. There are household personal hygiene items like soap or laundry detergent as well as paper products. Other assistance includes case management and general counseling for the low income and working poor. Latinos and Spanish speakers can get help too. The local churches that participate are below. But there are many others too.

  • Holy Rosary Church - St. Vincent de Paul
    Address: 21 East 15th Street
    Antioch, California 94509
    (925) 757-0941
  • St. Mary's - St. Vincent de Paul
    2039 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    Main number - (510) 231-1800
  • Queen of All Saints - St. Vincent de Paul
    Address: 2390 Grant Street
    Concord, CA 94520
    (925) 609-5944
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary - St. Vincent de Paul
    Location is 500 Fairview Avenue
    Brentwood, California 94513
    Phone number - (925) 634-4154
  • Church of Good Shepherd - St. Vincent de Paul
    Address of church and St. Vincent DePaul program is 3200 Harbor Street
    Pittsburg, CA 94565
    Phone number - (925) 432-6404 x17
  • St. Francis of Assisi - St. Vincent de Paul
    Address: 860 Oak Grove Road
    Concord, California 94518
    (925) 682-5811
  • Christ the King - St. Vincent de Paul
    Address: 199 Brandon Road
    Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
    (925) 682-2486
  • Several other Society of Saint Vincent de Paul churches give food or meals. More on free food from Contra Costa County St. Vincent.

West Pittsburg Community Church of God in Christ
Address - 204 Bailey Road
Bay Point, California 94565
Telephone number - (925) 458-2831

Northwest County Share/Manna -Rodeo/Hercules/Pinole
151 Linus Pauling Drive
Hercules, CA 94547
Dial - (510) 262-7710
Free food is available for low to moderate income residents, the unemployed, and poor.

The Lord's Pantry
Food pantry address - 1349 Yosemite Circle
Oakley, CA 94561
(925) 679-1353
Some of the services include Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and gifts for the needy. Call about food stamp applications too.

New Covenant Church
Location is 6270 Bethel Island Road
Bethel Island, California 94511
Telephone number - (925) 684-2300

Concord Christ Community Church of the Nazarene
Address - 1650 Ashbury Drive
Concord, California 94520
(925) 685-4343

New Gethsemane COGIC
2100 Roosevelt Street
Richmond, CA 94801
Dial the food bank at (510) 620-9628 for hours.
May have brown bag lunches, commodities, and more.

Second Baptist Church of Martinez
Address: 1020 Las Juntas
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 228-3860
A bag of groceries can be passed out. Fruits, vegetables, meats, and diary goods may be offered.

Hillcrest Church
404 Gregory Lane
Pleasant Hill, California 94523
Telephone number - (925) 686-3663

Word Impact Ministries
Church address is 510 MacDonald Avenue
Richmond, California 94801
(510) 215-2646
A second location of the food pantry is at 607 South 19th Street, Richmond, CA 94804, (925) 932-7791

Bethel Island Baptist Church
3725 Gateway Road
Bethel Island, CA 94511
(925) 684-3700
Christmas meals, clothing closet, and food pantry are just a few of the resources offered.





Richmond Grace Lutheran Church
Address: 2369 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
Food pantry phone number - (510) 235-9732

Grace Bible Fellowship Church
3109 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, California 94509
Dial (925) 522-2017. The church offers Clothing, Food Pantries, and household items.

Pleasant Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church
Church address is 816 Grayson Road
Pleasant Hill, California 94523
(925) 939-2235

Antioch Ministerial Fellowship
2507 San Jose Drive
Antioch, CA 94509
Tele: (925) 757-1672
Stop by for information on, and access to free food, groceries, meals, clothing, and more.

Harvest Time Church
2200 Ventura Drive
Brentwood, California 94513
Telephone - (925) 516-1908

Hope for the Homeless
1410 Kelsey St
Richmond, California 94801
Call - (510) 965-5867
A hot lunch, breakfast, or dinner may be served.

St. Bonaventure
Church address is 5562 Clayton Road
Concord, CA 94521
The pantry can be reached at (925) 672-5800
Call for information and referrals. A food bank and clothing closet can help the less fortunate. Volunteers can also help the poor and indigent.

Family Worship Center
Address is - 161 Sand Creek Road, #A
Brentwood, CA 94513
Main phone number - (925) 308-7737

Monument Crisis Center
Address is 1990 Market St,
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 825-7751
The free food pantry offers various social services. There is clothing, fresh fruit or vegetables, baby formula, hygiene supplies and even a soup kitchen.

SHARE/First Christian Church
Address: 3039 Willow Pass Road
Concord, California 94519
(925) 827-4273

City and Town programs with Feeding America - There are multiple resources for low income families in the cities of Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Oakley, Bethel Island, Concord, Hercules, Crockett, Pinole, El Sobrante. Assistance is also for the Contra Costa cities of Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Pittsburg, Richmond, Rodeo, San Pablo, as well as Walnut Creek. Distribution occurs at dozens of sites, including parks, schools, libraries, charities and other locations.

Residents have several free food assistance programs available to them. The goal is stop hunger in the community. One is the produce program, which gives up to 20 lbs of fruits as well as vegetables. There are free food pantries, charities that give out hygiene items, cleaning supplies and more. Dial 1-855-309-FOOD.

Bay Area Rescue Mission
Address: 123 MacDonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
(510) 215-4887
Programs for the homeless and very low income. Hot and cold meals, groceries, and rapid rehousing/rent services offered. Volunteers can help people apply for public assistance too. There are also free senior citizen food boxes ncluding Ensure or Boost, snacks and food for kids under the age of 6 and other help.

All West Contra Costa/Richmond Food Pantry
Food pantry address - 2369 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, California 94804
(925) 676-7543

Pittsburg Emergency Food Pantry
Address: 585 West 10th Street
Pittsburg, California 94565
Call (925) 439-1199 if you have a crisis and need food, groceries, perishable items, or assistance.

Richmond Grace Lutheran Church
2369 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
(925) 941-7900
Among other help, also distributes Christmas baskets with meals and gifts for children.

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
4010 Nelson Avenue
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 676-7543
This non-profit provides food to local churches and pantries, which then distribute it to the needy, seniors, and unemployed in the community. they also arrange Meals on wheels in Contra Costa County, provide support to the elderly, and offer other assistance.





Pinole United Methodist Church
Address: 2000 San Pablo Avenue
Pinole, California 94564
(510) 724-3312

Additional free food assistance programs in Contra Costa County

Anyone facing hunger, or that is low to moderate income, can get help. There are also immigrant and elderly food programs, including Meals on Wheels. Numerous other food assistance programs, soup kitchens and emergency food pantries near you are in the region. Call 855-309-3663 for more information on government commodities, school lunches, and public aid such as Summer Food for Kids/Students, CalFresh and Commodity Supplemental Food Program.


By Jon McNamara











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