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Imperial County food pantries.

Several charities operate food pantries across El Centro and Imperial County. They try to provide basic needs to clients. Whether it is a free box of groceries or other items, such as a piece of clothing for work or a Christmas meal, programs are available.

Too many families are facing hunger, and this includes seniors as well as children. Residents can turn to one of the food pantries or soup kitchens for help. They can often assist in an emergency, or refer the person to other resources in Imperial County, such as CalFresh.

Other services are run too. Senior citizens may benefit from a Meals on Wheels service, and clothing closets may offer work or school clothing. Another focus is on feeding children over the summer and holiday breaks.

Apostolic Assembly
Address is 427 S Hope St.
El Centro, California 92243
Telephone - (760) 337-5784

Campesinos Unidos Inc
Address - 1535 Main St
Brawley, California
Dial the pantry at (760) 344-4500
A second location of the non-profit Campesinos Unidos Inc. is at 949 N 8th St, El Centro, CA. Call (760) 353-3576.
A food pantry helps people races and ages. Services are offered in Spanish too. Free groceries are combined with fruits, milk, and baby formula.

Casa del Sol
650 S International Blvd
Calipatria, California 92233
Dial (760) 348-9716
An emergency pantry is on site for Imperial County families.




Box of Basics
This is selling food and groceries at a reduced price. There may be cereal, hot dogs & buns, canned vegetables, canned fruit, beans, pasta, spaghetti sauce, a dozen eggs, rice, milk, 5 pounds of chicken, and beef and more for around $25. Dial 760-370-0966.

Catholic Charities
250 W Orange Ave
El Centro, CA
(760) 353-6822
Whether it is food or help for bills or shelter, assistance is arranged. Working poor families as well as the disabled are some of the main clients. They also operate a Home Delivered Meals program for senior citizens as well as serve congregate meals.

First Christian Church
450 S Waterman Ave
El Centro, CA
Phone - (760) 352-8300
Programs include free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and a year round pantry.

First United Methodist Church
El Centro, California
(760) 352-2942

Mobile Food Pantry
This is offered in partnership with WalMart Foundation. Food, groceries, paper goods, cleaning supplies, and more is for residents of Bombay, Ocotillo, Seeley, Winterhaven, Calipatria, Westmorland, Niland and the Salton Sea.

St. Patrick's Catholic Church
133 E Church St
Calipatria, CA 92233

Rey de Reys Church
901 Emerson Ave
Calexico, California 92231
(760) 357-9597
Bags of food is for low income families. The homeless and children may also receive clothing items.





Saint Anthony's Catholic Church
Address: 210 W 7th St
Imperial, CA 92251
For hours, call (760) 355-1347

Salvation Army
Address - 1301 S 4th St
El Centro, California
(760) 353-2260
The Imperial County charity helps the low income. Programs include a free food pantry and holiday programs such as toys from Angel Tree. They also offer financial aid for rent or bills, shelter, and back to school supplies among other resources.

Sister Evelyn Mourey Center
Location is 1400 North Imperial Avenue #141
El Centro, CA
Dial (760) 352-1039

Imperial Valley Food Bank
Address - 329 Applestille Rd
El Centro, CA
(760) 370-0966
They partner with churches and charities in the region. The non-profit can help families in poverty apply for Cal Fresh food stamps. They also have a Weekend Backpack Program for students who rely on free school lunches. Surplus USDA Commodities are also available in Imperial County.




House of Hope
1948 W Orange Ave
El Centro, California 92243
Phone - (760) 352-1182
In an emergency, the food bank can be contact for an application.

For referrals to other centers, dial 858.452.3663. Residents can get help from a combination of government programs, such as CalFresh, as well as charities.

By Jon McNamara

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