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Food pantries, soup kitchens and free food banks in Sacramento.

If you need food in Sacramento, the free pantries and distribution centers below can help. The non-profits offer free groceries, perishable items, meals, hygiene supplies and emergency food boxes to anyone who needs help. Some charity organizations will also offer holiday meal baskets to qualified low income families. Or they will help the unemployed or low income apply for Calfresh and other benefits. Get information, including addresses and phone numbers, on the leading food pantries near you as well as hunger prevention programs in Sacramento County California. A referral phone number is on the bottom of this page.

In addition to offering food, such as vegetables, breads, and meats, the pantries in Sacramento are also a great place to call for information as well as referrals. For example, learn about where to apply for social services and federal government food assistance programs including WIC vouchers for baby formula or USDA commodities. There are also resources that are specific to California such as CalFresh.

Many distribution centers can also provide non-financial aid as well, such as clothes, household cleaning supplies, paper products and thrift stores. There is help to those individuals who are facing a crisis. The pantries to call for assistance and information on free food in Sacramento are below.

Abundant Life Fellowship
Address - 706 Atlantic Street
Roseville, California 95678
Phone number - (916) 783-1989
Food pantry can help people in Citrus Heights and Roseville California.

Capitol City Adventist Community Services
6701 Lemon Hill Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95824
Call (916) 381-5353
A free food pantry, paper goods, detergent, soap, feminine products, cereals, and cooking ingredients among other supplies may be offered.




Carmichael Adventist Community Services
Food pantry location - 4600 Winding Way
Sacramento, California 95841
Phone number - (916) 487-8684
Serving free food, meals, and groceries to residents of ZIP codes including 95608, 95609, 95610, 95621, 95840, and 95841.

Carmichael Food Closet
5645 Marconi Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 483-9232
Serving North area, including ZIP codes 95608, 95610, 95621, 95628, 95821, 95825, 95841, and 95864. What may be offered includes perishable fruits, vegetables, and even baby formula to those that qualify.

Cathedral of Praise & Worship Center - Food Program
Location: 2875 Meadowview Road
Sacramento, CA 95832
Phone number - (916) 568-7606
Food is only offered for people who live in the South Sacramento area from this local church. Holiday meals, including Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas are provided.

Central Downtown Food Basket
1701 L Street
Sacramento, California 95811
(916) 761-5624
Mostly focuses on low income, homeless, and others who are struggling in the central part of the city. Blankets, soap, razors, handwash, access to showers and other help may be offered.





Sacramento County Department of Aging
Location is 1300 National Dr.
Sacramento, California 95834
Phone: (916) 419-7500
Programs are for senior citizens, their spouses, and the disabled. Call them for Meals on Wheels, CalFresh, and CalWorks help. There are also free congregate meals as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings/meals/parties for the elderly. More information on Sacramento County senior assistance.

Cordova Community Food Locker
Main address for food distribution is 10497 Coloma Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Call the center at (916) 364-8973

Francis House
1422 C St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-2646
Resources include a soup kitchen (for breakfast, lunch, dinner) and free food from the pantry. They help immigrants, Latinos, and migrant farm workers too.

Daughters of Zion Enterpryz
6489 47th Street
Sacramento, CA 95823
Phone: (916) 422-4962
Pregnant women, children, and other low income families can call this center for social services, including food boxes. Other baby supplies may be offered, including diapers, baby formula for newborns and even WIC applications.

Delta Food Bank and Community Services
14440 Walnut Grove-Thorton Road
Walnut Grove, California 95690
Phone number - (916) 775-1479
A food bank, thrift store, and other resources are located on site. The center can help as well in applying for social services and government programs such as food stamps. Also get details on financial assistance programs, including LIHEAP. Summer meals and school lunches are also offered in Sacramento.

Elk Grove Food Bank Services
Location - 9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140
Elk Grove, California 95624
(916) 685-8453
Low income families can receive an emergency box of food. Volunteers also take part in a Meals on Wheels service for seniors in Sacramento County.





Community Resource Project
Location is 250 Harris Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95838
Phone: (916) 567-5220
Free groceries, meat, fresh fruit or vegetables and other food stuff is the poor and less fortunate in Sacramento County.

Emergency Food Closet (SSIP)
5625 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 428-5290
The non-profit can offer free food, groceries, and perishables to families in a crisis or hardship. Call them for hours and eligibility. Canned goods, rice, breads, frozen foods, and more may be offered in Sacramento County California.

Food and Clothes Closet - Orangevale 7th Day Adventist
Location - 5810 Pecan Avenue
Orangevale, California 95662
Telephone number - (916) 967-2838
Personal hygiene supplies, paper goods, applications to the USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program and other support is available for the working poor. Spanish speakers and mingrants can also get bags of free groceries or household supplies.

Food Assistance - Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
3333 Third Avenue
Sacramento, California 95817
(916) 456-1980
This non-profit works with local charities and pantries. Surplus government commodities and programs such as Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) are administered too. There is also referrals to Meals on Wheels as well as Summer Meals for students. More on help from Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.

Green Valley Community Church - Food/Clothing
Location is - 3500 Missouri Flat Road
Placerville, California 95667
Phone - (530) 622-3231
A clothes closet in also offered on site. Other items include Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys and meals, holiday baskets, and home delivered meals for the elderly.

North Highlands Christian Food Ministry - Food Closet
Address is 6125 Watt Avenue
North Highlands, CA 95660
Dial the pantry at (916) 331-1510. Vegetables, breads, frozen foods, and groceries are all distributed to Sacramento families.







Our Lady of Lourdes Church - Feed the Hungry Program
The program is run from 1951 North Avenue
Sacramento, California 95838
Phone number - (916) 925-5313
Homeless, the working poor, seniors, and other struggling can get help. Items range from rice, frozen foods, to fruits and vegetables.

Department of Human Assistance
Main address - 2700 Fulton Ave
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 874-3100
They offer many public and government benefits. This is CalFresh food stamps, unemployment insurance, WIC vouchers, and food for immigrants. There is also cash aid that can be used to pay for groceries or basic needs.

Powerhouse Ministries
Location - 705 Wales Drive
Folsom, California 95630
Phone number is (916) 983-0658

Rio Linda/Elverta Ministerial Association Food Closet
Center address - 6800 Sixth Street
Rio Linda, CA 95673
(916) 991-1638
The food bank helps people in 95626 and 95673 zip code.

River City Food Bank
Address - 1319 27th Street
Sacramento, California 95816
Telephone number - (916) 446-2627
Work with churches, pantries, and other food distribution centers. Other items include baby formula, diapers, and personal hygiene products.

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services - Main Office
Address - 3333 Third Avenue
Sacramento, California 95817
Phone number - (916) 456-1980
Serving local families in need by offering Food, Clothing, Adult Education, Senior Assistance Programs, Parent Education, and Youth Education services. they also help children access free school lunches or families living in poverty apply for CalFresh food stamps.

Location is 1981 Grand Ave
Sacramento, CA 95838
(916) 877-4211
A pantry may have Rice, canned meat or fruit, stew, soup, meats, tuna, and many other items. There is also baby formula as well as resources for single dads.

Sacramento Southgate SDA Church - Food Closet
2299 Meadowview Road
Sacramento, CA 95832
Phone number - (916) 428-3027





Salvation Army - Family Services
4350 Raley Blvd., Suite 200
Sacramento, C California A 95838
Dial (916) 678-4010 for information.
The Sacramento Salvation Army can also help with bills, rent, and other aid. This is all in addition to the thrift store and food pantry they run at the location. A great place for counseling and referrals too. Or get free groceries from the pantry or Thanksgiving turkey dinners or Christmas food baskets.

Senior Citizens Services – Also get information on various state of California and federal government programs for seniors, such as health care, insurance, and more. May also run Meals on Wheels programs in the greater Sacramento region. Volunteers are always needed.
8580 Elder Creek Road
Sacramento, California 95828
Call (916) 381-7794

Sierra Arden Neighborhood Food Closet
Food pantry location is 890 Morse Avenue
Sacramento, California 95864
Dial the center at (916) 483-1942

South Area Food Closet - South-Pointe Christian Center
Food pantry address is 7520 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95823
(916) 504-3370 is the main number of the pantry.

South County Services
Location - 539 North Lincoln Way
Galt, California 95632
Food pantry phone number is (209) 745-9174. Also call them for referrals and counseling.

St. Matthew's Food Closet
Address - 2300 Edison Avenue
Sacramento, California 95821
Main phone: (916) 927-0115
Hot meals may be served to the homeless. There are also boxes of food, clothing, and other services.

St. Vincent de Paul Folsom Conference - Food Locker
Stop by the pantry at 307 Montrose Drive, or dial the number below.
Folsom, CA 95630
Call (916) 985-4630
A leading charity in the region. Social services, food assistance, hot meals, and more. The poor, children, and others use the center.

Union Gospel Mission Sacramento
Location is 400 Bannon Street
Sacramento, California, 9581
The charity passed out free food boxes to the needy a couple days per week.

Love In the Name of Christ
Referral line - 916-383-3232
Churches in Sacramento Count help the vulnerable. There is donated clothing or food, personal care items, meals for the elderly, and many other forms of assistance.

St. Vincent de Paul Society - Parkway/Valley Hi
Stop by the food bank at 7580 Center Parkway
Sacramento, California A 95823
Telephone number - (916) 733-2010
Services include clothing closet, work and school uniforms, thrift stores, furniture, and of course and on site food pantry and soup kitchen. Several of these charity organizations operate in the region.

Sunrise Christian Food Ministry (SCFM)
Main address - 5901 San Juan Avenue
Citrus Heights, California 95610
The towns/cities of Citrus Heights and Fair Oaks can apply for food.
Income qualified families as well as children can get free groceries or a hot meal.





Twin Lakes Food Bank
Address - 327 Montrose Drive
Folsom, California 95630
Dial (916) 985-6232 for information on free food and government assistance.
This pantry serves the ZIP codes of 95630, 95662, 95746, and 95762.

Additional assistance programs for free food in Sacramento County

For additional locations of soup kitchens or food pantries near you, call 800.283.9000. Several other non-profits as well as charities operate in Sacramento. They may have free food boxes, applications for Emergency Food Assistance Program, brown bags for lunches, Meals on Wheels and meals for students.


By Jon McNamara

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