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Free food pantries, groceries and food banks San Francisco.

Find a number of food pantries in the city and county of San Francisco that provide assistance, support, guidance, and more to low income families. In addition to the social services, they of course distribute free groceries, personal hygiene supplies, Meals on Wheels and food boxes to those who need help in the community. There are several charities, churches or non-profit organizations that operate food pantries near you to stop by or call in the region for assistance.

Below you will find a listing of the main San Francisco free, emergency food banks as well as soup kitchens. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for other food assistance programs. Some are only open limited hours, and may have an application process or require proof of your hardship, so it is always recommended to call the food pantry first to learn about any terms or conditions they have. If you don’t meet their qualifications, then look into state of California government programs such as CalFresh. Or WIC can provide free infant formula as well as baby supplies.

San Francisco food pantries, churches, social service offices, non-profits, and free food banks provide help, such as free groceries, to tens of thousands of families every year. Some locations also provide items such as clothing, holiday meals, or free back to school supplies. They also try to feed the homeless or operate Meals on Wheels delivery services. Many people need some short term support to make it through a difficult period or crisis, and the distribution centers help meet that need.

Temple United Methodist Church
65 Beverly St, San Francisco, California 94132. Call  (415) 586-1444
Must live in the local zip code 94112, 94127, or 94132. Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals are served too.
A free, emergency food pantry with groceries, ingredients, holiday food baskets and more.

St. Anthony Foundation
The free food and clothing bank is at 21 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco 94102. Call (415) 592-2855
May have canned goods, clothing, CalFresh applications and more. Or learn more about government food, including school lunch programs.

 

 

 

San Francisco Rescue Mission
Location is 140 Turk Street, San Francisco, California 9410. Call 415-441-1628
The free food pantry and soup kitchen service provides individuals and families with free food or groceries. It includes pasta, cereal, Thanksgiving as well as Christmas meal boxes, and more. The homeless, immigrants and others can also use the health center.

Women's Building - Community Resource Center
3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. Call 415-431-1180
A focus is on helping females, including single moms. Everything from infant formula to diapers, perishable food, meat, and fruits are passed out.

Saint Andrew Missionary Baptist Church
Main address is 2565 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115. Call (415) 240-0313

Salvation Army Family Services of San Francisco County
There are multiple sites. Offers free food, groceries, and financial assistance programs. Several Salvation Army centers are in the county. Many also have thrift stores or clothing closets on site.
The aid distributed includes groceries, free Christmas assistance (meals and gifts), and maybe funds for paying rent, energy bills. There are free Thanksgiving turkey dinners, meas for the homeless and other help. Or apply for programs such as REACH or low income housing. More information on Salvation Army assistance programs San Francisco.

Booker T Washington Community Center
Address is 800 Presidio Avenue, San Francisco, California 94118. Dial 415-928-6596
Produce, canned & dry goods may be at the pantry.

San Francisco City Impact -  Tenderloin District
Address is 136 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102. Phone: (415) 292-1770
Provides a food pantry and hot meal delivery. Serves breakfast and dinner. Also offers bible study. Provides information and referral to other human service agencies.

 

 

 

 

Saint Francis Episcopal Church
The free grocery and Food Distribution Center is at 399 San Fernando Way, San Francisco, California 94127. Dial (415) 334-1590

Good Samaritan Family Resource Center
1294 Potrero Ave, San Francisco, California 94110. Phone: (415) 401-4253

Call for one-time-only emergency food box for any San Francisco California resident (no ID required). All San Francisco families can contact the center. Whether free groceries for the elderly, low income, or disabled, or single moms. Get Canned Fruits or Meat, fresh produce, paper goods and more.

St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church
500 De Haro St, San Francisco, CA 94107. Telephone number is (415) 255-8100

First United Presbyterian Church
A free pantry and soup kitchen is at 1740 Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, California 94116. For hours, call (415) 759-3700

Glide Memorial United Methodist Church
A free Soup Kitchen for meals and food bank is at 330 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102. For hours, dial (415) 674-6000
There may be Rice, Pasta, and Other Pantry Staples, including canned groceries. Or personal hygiene supplies or toiletries may be soap, toilet paper, detergent and more for low income households, the working poor, or jobless.

Catholic Charity churches are part of the nationwide Catholic Charities
1555 39th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122. Call (415) 972-1200
They help the poor, single moms, immigrants and others.

Youth With A Mission
Food pantry is at 357 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102. Phone - (415) 885-6543

Stonestown YMCA Transitional
Housing, food ,shelters and more are at 333 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, California 94132. Call  (415) 242-7100

La Raza Community Center
Address is 474 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103. They help immigrants, Spanish speakers and others too. Meals, free food and more is at (415) 863-0764
Case workers also help with applications to CalFresh food stamps. Or get free infant formula, baby diapers, Canned soups and stews, and more - based on donations. They also have cooking classes and referrals.

Richmond District Neighborhood Center Emergency Food Bank
Location is 741 30th Ave., San Francisco 94121. Telephone - (415) 751-6600

One Treasure Island
Address: 850 Avenue I, San Francisco, California 94130. Phone - 415-274-0311
There is a free food bank -  Neighborhood Grocery Network food pantry for residents only.

 

 

 

 

SVDP St. Vincent of San Fran
There are multiple parishes. Free food, personal hygiene supplies, detergent, and more may be offered. There may also be financial help. More on St. Vincent San Francisco assistance programs.

Juntos
1850 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Phone - (415) 487-3240
Must live in 94110 or 94103

Bayview/Hunters Point/Visitacion
Bayview TLC Family Resource Center.
1601 LANE ST (at Quesada, in Bayview)
Phone number - 822-9404
Must live in 94124 zip code.
The pantry will offer one-time assistance only and an emergency food box for any SF resident. the hours are limited. Call the food bank M-F from 9am-5pm.

Girls 2000 (Hunters Point Food Pantry)
Address - 195 KISKA (at Dormitory, in Hunters Point Boys & Girls Club).

Heritage Homes & Britton Court.
243 REY (at Sunnydale)
333-9956.
This pantry is only for residents of Heritage Homes/Britton Court.

Our Lady of Lourdes
Location of pantry - 410 HAWES (at Innes) in San Francisco California
Phone number is 695-0562

San Francisco Rainbow Seventh-day Adventist Church
Social services, free food and hygiene items are at 1400 Palou Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124. Call (415) 822-3200
Fresh fruits, meals for the homeless, and more. Volunteers may offer Meals on Wheels to the local homebound too.

Jones Memorial United Methodist Church.
1975 POST (at Steiner)
Phone number - 921-7653
Only residents of 94115 zip code are served. The church may have hot meals, shelter, and more for the low income and homeless. They also pass out free Christmas meals as well as food boxes to struggling San Francisco County families.

Saint Paul Tabernacle Baptist Church
Location of the free church is 1789 Oakdale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124. For hours, call (415) 642-4965
Must live in the San Fran 94124 zip code

Free The Need
827 Joost Avenue
San Francisco, California 94127
415-587-6685
The free food pantry is for Excelsior and Mission districts neighborhood in San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iglesia Presbiteriana de la Mision
Location is 3261 23rd St.
San Francisco, California 94110
Dial (415) 647-8295
Food assistance is for Spanish speakers as well. Free groceries, Boxed or Canned Juices, pasta, cereal, and much more may be offered.

New Life Lutheran Church
395 Addison St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 586-6525

Grace Fellowship Community Church
3265 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 703-6090
Low income families, or struggling people, can use the food bank for help. There are also Easter, Thanksgiving , and Christmas meal services, clothing, toys, and other resources.

Little Bethany Missionary
1636 Armstrong Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 822-7288

Asian Community Garden
Main address is 002 Diana St.
San Francisco, California 94124
(415) 373-4006
Food for Asians, Japanese, Chinese, and other immigrants is offered. The pantry caters to their diets and nutritional needs.

Mason Broadway Food Pantry
Address is 1430 Mason St.
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 986-1886

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
999 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco 94132
Dial (415) 584-4747
Low income families can get free dry and canned goods, fresh produce, paper products, hygiene supplies, and personal toiletries to those in need.

United Council of Human Services
1065 OAKDALE (near Ingalls)
Dial the pantry at 643-1700
A clothing closet may have shoes for children, coats, or work attires. Various government and social services programs are administered in San Francisco County, including WIC and food stamps. CalFresh applications help immigrants, households living in poverty, as well as the unemployed.

 

 

 

 

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
Main location is 101 Gold Mine Dr, San Francisco, California 94131. Telephone - (415) 285-9540

94131 zip code

Calvary United Methodist Church
Address - 1400 Judah (near 19th Ave)
Call for food - 566-3704
Must live in 94121, or 94122 zip code

Visitacion Valley Community Center
Pantry address is 66 Raymond Avenue
San Francisco, CA, 94134
Call 415-467-4499
They offer supplemental food program in San Francisco County. The center also has government aid, and distributes USDA government food box.

Bayview Senior Connections is located at 5600 Third Street, San Francisco, CA, 94124. Call 415-282-1907. Another pantry is at 18th Street SFHA Building is based at 3850 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94114. The food bank is only for low income seniors age 60 or over, pregnant women, families with children under the age of six, and new mothers up to one year of age. Services include free meals on wheels for the elderly or disabled, lunches as well as recreational activities, and much more.

OMI Family Resource Center
650 CAPITOL (near Montana).
Phone number is 406-1370.
In order to apply, you need to live in 94112, 94116, or 94132 zip code.

OMI Senior Center | Catholic Charities
65 Beverly St, San Francisco, CA 94132. Dial (415) 334-5550

Food boxes for seniors, home delivered meals, transportation, and other support. They also help the elderly apply for Medicare and other benefit programs. Or apply for Meals on Wheels, including for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. There may also be Ensure, vitamins, adult diapers and more.

Tenderloin/Chinatown/SoMa Mary Elizabeth Inn.
1040 Bush Street (near Jones).
Dial for help - 673-6768
Hours of center - (M-F 8am-4pm).

Project Open Hand.
Address - 730 POLK (near Ellis).
800-551-6325.
People with symptomatic or disabling HIV or AIDS can get food and meals.

Western Addition/Haight Bethel AME Church.
Address - 916 LAGUNA (at Golden Gate).
Call for help - 921-4935

First Friendship Institutional
A pantry is at 501 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94117. For hours, dial (415) 431-4775

 

 

 

 

Korean American Senior Service.
745 BUCHANAN (at Grove).
Call 255-9371.
Focuses on the elderly, homebound, and senior citizens. Government commodity foods, hot meals, and more is offered. Or get information on government assistance such as Medicare or the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.
Address - 2135 SUTTER (near Pierce).
Need to live in 94102, 94109, or 94115 zip code in California.

Additional San Francisco County free food program phone numbers

The churches, agencies, and non-profits listed above are just examples of local food banks, soup kitchens and free pantries. Call 415.282.1900 or 800-870-3663 to find additional locations or get further help near you. Referrals are given to USDA programs including free school lunches, surplus commodities, and more. Or get help from government commodities, Cal-Fresh food stamps and other benefits.

By Jon McNamara

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