Stanislaus County and Modesto free food pantries.

Pantries in Stanislaus County California and Modesto can provide free food, groceries, meals, and other aid to the needy in the community. If you are faced with an emergency, and need low cost or free food or other assistance, then contact one of the food banks in the county for help.

Some of the Stanislaus County food pantries are operated by churches and others by additional charities or non-profit organizations in the region. If addition to distributing groceries and other items to the low income, seniors, unemployed, and disabled, the food pantries are also great places for referrals on government programs. Or they serve free hot meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from soup kitchens, including at Christmas as well as Thanksgiving. Many of the centers near you can even help people apply for programs, such as food stamps, school lunches, WIC, and other government and public aid.

First Southern Baptist Church Of Ceres
Address: 2813 E Don Pedro Road
Ceres, California 95307
Phone number - (209) 538-0833
The church offers free hot or cold meals, groceries, perishable items, and emergency food boxes to needy in the community. Clothing and items like baby formula may be available too.

First Church Of The Nazarene Of Denair
3200 E Monte Vista Avenue
Denair, CA 95316
Dial (209) 668-4080 for hours and information on the center.

Worship And Community Services Church, part of Gateway Community Church
Address of church - 3350 Lester Road
Denair, California 95316
Dial - (209) 667-0168





Care Ministry, Calvary Temple Worship Center
Address of the center - 1601 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA 95355
Call - (209) 529-7346
The center can provide information on social services, monetary assistance, free food, and other places for the disadvantaged and less fortunate to turn to for assistance. Apply for programs like CalFresh food stamps, or energy bill assistance such as LIHEAP.

United Samaritans Foundation has a few sites. Hughson (dial 209-883-9212) or Turlock residents can call 209-668-4853.

Inter-Faith Ministries - The Care Center
Location of center - 120 Kerr Avenue
Modesto, California 95354
Call (209) 572-3117
Speak to a representative about food assistance programs.

Family Promise of Modesto
The non-profit helps the poor, struggling, unemployed, and hungry. Get applications to CalFresh food stamps or a free, emergency box of food from the pantry. Groceries like ingredients, pasta, sauce, cereal, Ensure for seniors, and even meals for Spanish speakers can be served.
More information on food help from Family Promise in Stanislaus County.





Harvest of Hope
727 Sutter Avenue
Modesto, Californoa
Dial - 209-521-7183
They partner with charities and churches in Stanislaus County to feed the hungry and working poor.

Tything Place Emergency Food Bank
Address is 800 Wayside Drive
Turlock, CA
Groceries, hot meals, and boxes of food are passed out to families in a crisis.

God Always Provides Pantry - The Well Community Fellowship Church of Modesto
2500 Claus Road, Modesto, CA
Phone number is 209-551-4463
Distribution hours are 11am-1pm on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.
Grocery Distribution for clients is per the statement above. The charity operates as a Walk-In service, for income-qualified households. Note that household information and income verification is required in Stanislaus County.

Westside Food Pantry
40 South 5th Street
Patterson, California

Seventh Day Adventist Church
The food pantry is at 1614 H Street
Modesto, CA
Telephone - 209-521-6460




Big Valley Grace Community Church
Address is 4040 Tully Rd
Modesto, CA 95356
Phone - (209) 577-1604
Volunteers pass out groceries, fresh fruits, and vegetables. They help immigrant or migrant workers, Mexicans, Spanish speakers as well as others.

Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church
1633 N Central Ave
Ceres, CA 95307
The phone number is 209-538-1024
There church has a free food pantry and a clothing distribution service and is open every Tuesday morning. Families or indiivduals may use the center at most one time per month, and the also partner with Second Harvest.

Second Baptist Church Office
Location: 529 California Ave
Modesto, California 95351
Dial the pantry at (209) 577-4832
A free food pantry is available for income qualified Stanislaus County families.

St. Vincent De Paul Society
Address is 2827 Topeka Avenue
Riverbank, CA
For information, call 209-869-5813
Churches use volunteers to tackle poverty. Food is for children and the vulnerable, and there may also be financial aid. Other resources, in addition to the soup kitchen and free food pantry, including a low cost thrift store for Stanislaus County residents.

Victory Life Center Foursquare Church
Address: 2118 Woodland Avenue
Modesto, California 95358
Main phone number - (209) 527-7995
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals may be served to the low income in Stanislaus County.

Davis Park Church of Christ
Food pantry address is 901 W Rumble Rd
Modesto, California 95350
(209) 522-7226
They help families in an emergency. Groceries, baby formula, fruits, paper goods and even hygiene supplies. They offer assistance in Spanish and to immigrants too.





Community Services
This is the quasi community action agency and government organization. They help with CalFresh food stamp applications, offer support to immigrants, and other USDA and government benefit programs. More on Community Services in Stanislaus County.

Whitmore Carol Lane Church Of Christ
416 W Whitmore Avenue
Modesto, California 95358
Dial - (209) 537-3205
Volunteers at this parish can help anyone, regardless of background, religion, and or financial standing.

First Southern Baptist Church Of Oakdale
74 N. Lee
Oakdale, CA 95361
(209) 847-2464

Westside Food Pantry
20 S Fifth Street
Patterson, California 95363
Call the pantry at (209) 892-8455

Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center
Location is 631 W F St
Oakdale, CA 95361
Dial (209) 847-0420

Modesto Union Gospel Mission
1400 Yosemite Boulevard
Modesto, CA
Dial - 209-529-8259
The homeless can access shelter, a hot meal, and other services.

Riverbank Christian Food Sharing
3017 High Street
Riverbank, CA 95367
Emergency boxes of food are offered. Many of the clients are senior citizens living on a fixed income.

Enclave Community Church
Church address: 581 E Canal Drive
Turlock, CA 95380
Dial one of two phone numbers, (209) 667-5996 or dial (209) 667-5996

Community Sharing Christian Center
579 Center Street, which is located at Oakdale in Knights Ferry

The Lighthouse - Open Door Ministries
218 F Street
Waterford, California
Main number is 209-874-9637
Boxes of free food, applications to Cal-Fresh and other assistance is offered. Volunteers may also deliver a meal to the homebound or disabled.

Salvation Army Turlock Corps Community Center, Grocery Assistance Program
893 Lander Avenue
Turlock, California 95380
Main number - (209) 669-5366
Stop by the food bank on site. They offer low cost or free food, meals, perishable items, and other aid to Stanislaus County residents. Also on site is a thrift store, clothing, help for bills and rent, and other forms of financial assistance and support for the needy and low income. The Salvation Army is always a great place to call for a wide variety of food and financial assistance programs. Also, meals for Christmas or Thanksgiving may be distributed, as well as gifts for children.





Additional Stanislaus County assistance programs for free food

Many more options are available in the county. Call 209.239.2091 to find food pantries, soup kitchens, and government benefits near you. Clients can be referred to United States Department of Agriculture programs such as CSFP, WIC vouchers, holiday or Meals on Wheels services, and other aid.

By Jon McNamara

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