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Merced County food pantries.

Food pantries across Merced County provide emergency assistance to individuals as well as families. The distribution centers are open limited hours and try to provide free groceries or food to all applicants, but this is not always possible. Therefore, many will also try to offer referrals to other non-profits, churches, soup kitchens or agencies that may be able to assist.

In general, the food pantries will only offer help once a month or every several weeks. There may be vegetables, canned goods, breads, fruits, Christmas meals, and more from a pantry. Each location has their own process in place.

However these are not long term solutions for families living in poverty. In those cases a Merced County family may be better served by government benefits such as WIC vouchers or CalFresh Food stamps.

Catholic Charities Diocese
Address is 336 West Main Street, Suite 1
Merced, CA, 95340
Main phone - 209-383-2494
Human services from the agency range from a free food pantry to help in obtaining Ids, emergency clothing, senior care, and applications to CalFresh food stamps.

Merced Salvation Army
Address is 1231 4th Street
Los Banos, CA, 93635
Phone - 209-827-4945
The food pantry has everyday goods such as pastries, eggs, bread, milk, and more. There is also Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or gifts, clothes, and a back to school program, among other resources.

Merced County Food Bank
Location is 2000 West Olive Avenue
Merced, California, 95348
Dial 209-726-3663
Emergency food is for low income families and those in poverty. There are also brown bags lunches for seniors, snacks for children, and USDA supported programs.





Charities partner with Merced County Food Bank on offering assistance. The locations are First Baptist Church, Restaorando Familias, Saint Anthony's Church, Merced Bethel, Apostolic Tabernacle, as well as This Ain't Your Mama's Church.

Bethel Community Church
Location is 415 I Street
Los Banos, CA, 93635
Phone - 209-827-0797

Merced County
1921 Canal Street
Merced, CA, 95340
A soup kitchen and food pantry are on site. Lunches, dinners, and a breakfast are served, along with shelter.

Salvation Army Center
Address is 1440 West 12th Street
Merced, California, 95341
Telephone number is 209-383-4225

Saint Vincent De Paul
131 West Main Street
Merced, California, 95340
The charity provides meals and other social services. Volunteers may deliver food to the homebound or offer congregate meals to senior citizens as well.

Calvary Assembly Of God
Location: 1021 R Street
Merced, CA, 95341
Call 209-723-2395





Senior Brown Bag Program
Phone: 209-726-3663
Free groceries help the elderly supplement their food supply. Special dietary needs may be met. There are also holiday meals, clothes, and hygiene goods in the bags.

Merced Community Action Agency
Main address is 1235 West Main Street
Merced, California, 95340
Dial 209-383-4859
Programs include WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), vouchers to farmers markets, education, and formula for pregnant women.

Residents of Merced County can also learn about other charity and government programs, ranging from pantries to public benefits. Senior citizens can also try an aging center, and students have access to summer snacks as well. Call 559.237.3663 for referrals.




By Jon McNamara

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