Food pantries in Monterey County.

Find where to turn to for free food, groceries, and meals in Monterey California. A number of churches, pantries, and food banks provide help in an emergency situation, and some locations may be able to facilitate longer term assistance. Centers may process applications for food stamps (CalFresh) or other government programs such as summer meals or snacks for students when they are out of school.

The hours of most of the pantries are limited. In addition, the resources and funding that is available will also be limited, mostly by available donations and volunteers. Most of the non-profit organizations, churches, and government programs will focus on helping families with children, the elderly, and disabled. The food pantries in Monterey can provide perishable items such as breads, fresh fruits and vegetables, holiday meals, and also non-perishable items like emergency food boxes. Call one of the locations below for assistance and additional information on their services.

Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Church
9 El Caminito Road
Carmel Valley, California 93924
Phone number - (831) 659-2224

Mid-Bay Emergency And Referral Center, Inc.
Address - 10351 Merritt Street #6
Castroville, California 95012
(831) 633-3866
Stop by the food pantry for free food and meals, as well as referrals to state of California and federal government assistance. Also has information on other local charities and churches that offer financial assistance for bills, rent, and debts. This is a leading non-profit in the Monterey County region.

North County Christian Center
11299 Poole Street
Castroville, CA 95012
Call - (831) 633-3416





Gonzales Community Church
Address of church - 340 Day Street
Gonzales, CA 93926
(831) 675-3881

Holy Trinity Church
Address - 27 S. El Camino Real
Greenfield, California 93927
Dial (831) 674-5428 for information and hours
In addition to offering a box of groceries, the church may have other items like clothing, blankets for the homeless, or a snack for children.

Carman Thomas Food Pantry
Location - 425 Carmel Avenue
Marina, CA 93933
Phone number - (831) 883-8024
Offers a number of perishable food items, meals, case management, and other aid to the low income and families in Monterey County.

Holy Assembly Missionary Baptist
3305 Abdy Way
Marina, CA 93933
(831) 883-1244

Marina Church Of God Of Prophecy
Address - 226 Carmel Avenue
Marina, CA 93933
Dial (831) 384-5063

St. Vincent De Paul Society Council Of The United States - St. Vincent De Paul, St. Judes Parish
Main office location - 303 Hillcrest
Marina, California 93933
Phone number - (831) 384-5434
Administers various social services. They operate a thrift store, food pantry, and emergency resources. Also Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts are available. A wide variety of comprehensive assistance programs. The thrift store may offer vouchers or certificates for free clothing, household goods, and personal hygiene items.




Hope Center Food Pantry Of Monterey
1271 10Th St.
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 915-9160

Shoreline Community Church
Main site is at 2500 Garden Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Call - (831) 655-0100
Emergency food, rice, bread, baby formula, diapers, and more may be passed out.

St. Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church
Address - 146 12Th Street
Pacific Grove, California 93950
Phone number - (831) 373-4441

St. Vincent De Paul, St. Angela's Church
Church address and food pantry - 146 8Th Street
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 655-4160
Similar to the other Monterey California St. Vincent churches and charities, they run a variety of low income and social service programs, in addition to distributing free food.

Casa De La Cultura Center
225 Salinas Road 4A
Pajaro, CA 95076
(831) 763-0702

Apostolic Community Life Church
180 Williams Road
Salinas, California 93905
Phone number - (831) 422-4161

Central Coast HIV/AIDs Services
Address - 1121 Baldwin Street
Salinas, CA 93906
(831) 442-3959 is the phone number for the Salinas location.

Church Of Jesus Christ Of The Americas
Stop by the pantry at 160 Pajaro Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Dial (831) 206-9961 for hours and intake.
Assistance programs are offered for the poor, unemployed, and those who are struggling. The pantry is open limited hours but may have goods such as free groceries and surplus government commodities.




Franciscan Workers Of Junipero Serra - Dorothy's Place - Hospitality Center
30 Soledad Street
Salinas, California 93901
Phone number - (831) 424-1102 Service/intake.

Kinship Center Salinas Program Office
Main office: 2214 N. Main Street
Salinas, CA 93906
(831) 443-0662
Get information on a number of food programs, such as WIC, TANF, and local food pantries.

Madonna Del Sasso Parish
Address - 320 East Laurel Drive
Salinas, CA 93906
(831) 422-5323
The church passes out hot and cold meals, perishable items, breads, vegetables, meals for school kids, and more.

Mount Nebo Hispanic Church
Main location - 563 Roosevelt Street
Salinas, CA 93905
Phone number: (831) 424-9510
A hot meal may be served.

New Harvest Christian Fellowship
357 Main Street
Salinas, California 93901
Primary phone number - (831) 771-0613

Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Sur
1212 East Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93905
Phone number - (831) 758-2583

Sacred Heart Church
Address - 22 Stone Street
Salinas, California 93901
(831) 424-1959
Can help people of all backgrounds and religions. Most of the churches in Monterey will provide emergency food (for free or low cost) to anyone who needs help, regardless of their religion.

Salinas New Life Church Of The Nazarene
Address of church - 1164 Monroe Street Unit 5
Salinas, CA 93906
Phone number - (831) 444-6064

Salvation Army Of Salinas
Address - 2460 North Main Street
Salinas, CA 93906
(831) 443-9655
Stop by for help. Offers many services, including food, meals, shelter, rent help, funds for electric bills, clothing, holiday meals and gifts, and other aid and support.

St. Mary's Of The Nativity Parish
1702 Second Avenue
Salinas, California 93905
(831) 758-1669

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Address - 1071 Episcopal Church
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone number - (831) 424-7331

Sacred Heart Church - St. Vincent De Paul
26 Stone St
Salinas, California 93901
Site Main Number - (831) 775-0545
Provide free food and meals to individuals, seniors, homeless, and anyone who needs help.

Valley Babtist Church
320 Church Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone number - (831) 422-3671




Victory Mission, Inc.
Food pantry location is 43 Soledad Street
Salinas, California 93901
(831) 424-5688

Vineyard Church Of Salinas
Address - 1122 East Alisal
Salinas, CA 93905
Main phone number - (831) 422-4634

Sand City Salvation Army
Main location - 800 Scott Street
Sand City, CA 93955
(831) 899-4988
Another one of the Monterey County Salvation Army offices. They run a food pantry, thrift store, clothing closet, and much more on site.

Greater Victory Temple
Address: 1620 Broadway Avenue
Seaside, California 93955
Phone number - (831) 394-2774
In addition to a box of food, senior citizens may receive a home delivered meal. Other programs can help children, infants, and others who are faced with a crisis.

Lighthouse Baptist Church
Address - 1030 Hilby Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 394-4447

St. Francis Xavier, which is part of St. Vincent De Paul
1475 La Salle
Seaside, CA 93955
Call (831) 393-1258 for hours, information, and referrals.
Counselors offer case management and information on local food banks.

Salvation Army, Soledad office
Soledad, California 93960
Call (831) 678-6440 for assistance.

Spreckels Veterans Memorial Hall - Vietnam Vets Pantry
Address - 90 Fifth Street
Spreckels, CA 93962
Phone number - (831) 682-0727
A focus is on military members, veterans, their family members, and others that have served our country.

Pajaro Rescue Mission
111 Railroad Avenue
Watsonville, California 95076
(831) 724-9576
Meals and perishable items for the homeless, very low income, working poor, and jobless.

Several other pantries, soup kitchens, and distribution sites operate across Monterey County. Call (831) 758-1523 for information and locations. Thousands of families receive emergency food, hot meals, and more each month. Children may receive a snack, and the homebound may have food or a meal delivered to them by volunteers.

By Jon McNamara

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