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Sonoma County free food pantries.

Residents of Sonoma County California that need help feeding their families can turn to local food pantries or soup kitchens near them. Many of them are non-profits or charities and offer the low income and less fortunate with free items, such as boxes of food, groceries, and hot meals. Or families can contact a center for information or referrals to programs such as CalFresh food stamps or USDA programs. There is also a free referral number at the bottom of the page for more resources.

The hours of the centers vary as does exactly what may be passed out. It is usually recommended to call in advance. However, not only can an approved client maybe get a free bag of groceries, but some of the non-profits can help in other ways as well, such as offering clothing or free holiday meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Other resources in Sonoma County such as Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP), Meals on Wheels for seniors, government benefit applications and other resources are available.

Redwood Empire Food Bank
100 South Clovedale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA, 95425
Call 707-523-7900
They partner with the United States Department of Agriculture to run the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP). This is for very low income and/or poor residents in Sonoma.

Church St and First St, Universal Industrial Church - Community and Family Service Agency
Guerneville, California, 95446
Call 707-869-2491
This non-profit services complete dinners for free. They may have salad, soup and even vegetarian whole grain meals.

Russian River Community Food Pantry
Main address 14520 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville, CA, 95446
Call the pantry at 707-869-2541
This is a cooperative effort by volunteers from St. Elizabeth's Church, the Salvation Army service extension unit, Guerneville Community Church and also St. Vincent De Paul society. They offer emergency food baskets to the needy.




Forestville United Methodist Church
Main address is 6550 Covey Road
Forestville, California, 95436
Phone Numbers - 707-887-2020

Food For Thought, Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank
6550 Railroad Avenue
Forestville, CA, 95436
Patients of HIV can receive free weekly food boxes and groceries. They will also have nutritional supplements and counseling services.

Windsor Service Alliance
Location is 8987 Windsor Road
Windsor, CA, 95492
Dial 707-838-6947.
Assistance includes a food pantry and more. Inquire into monetary assistance program, a free gasoline voucher program, and rent help. The center also has food for Windsor California families and senior citizens.

Santa Rosa Alliance Church
301 Fulton Rd
Santa Rosa, CA, 95401

Catholic Worker
600 Morgan Street Suite A
Santa Rosa, California, 95401
A twice per week food pantry.
Phone - 707-575-8342





Harvest Christian Center
Main location is 3350 Coffee Lane, Suite C
Santa Rosa, California, 95403
Main phone number is 707-575-3333

FISH of Santa Rosa - Friends in Service Here
Location is 1710 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa, CA, 95403
Volunteers offer a few day supply of groceries. Hot meals, holiday support, or information on clothing closets may be available too.

Redwood Covenant Church
3175 Sebastopol Road
Santa Rosa, CA, 95407
Call - 707-528-8463
The non-profit may have U.S.D.A. Food, groceries, fruits, formula and Non-Perishable Food.

Seventh Day Adventist Church-Santa Rosa
840 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, California, 95405
Main number is 707-578-0954

Prime Time Nutrition
443 Dutton Ave.Ste.14
Santa Rosa, CA, 95407
The assistance program they have is federal government funded for qualified low income participants. Aid may be offered for women, infants & children as well from WIC. A thrift store also sells quality products./ the pantry may have vegetables, fruits, quality baked goods, canned & dry goods such as beans.

Neighbors Organized Against Hunger
5475 Snyder
Rohnert Park, CA, 94928

Friends in Sonoma Helping
18330 Sonoma Highway
Sonoma, CA, 95476
Up to 5 days of free groceries are provided. Appointments are needed. There may be canned soup, formula, cereal, and even baby formula. They also help immigrants in Sonoma County, and may have holiday food baskets.





La Luz Center
Location of food bank: 17560 Greger Street
Sonoma, California 95476
Dial 707-938-5131
Bring a box to fill to this pantry. Free food may be passed out once per week.

Salvation Army Petaluma Corps
721 S. McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA, 9495
Telephone: 707-769-0716
There may be financial aid, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, free toys for kids, shelter, and more. The charity also has a soup kitchen to feed the hungry.

202 Commercial Street
Cloverdale, CA, 95425
Three churches run the pantry with volunteers.

Santa Rosa First Church of God
Main location is 4001 Roblar Rd
Petaluma, CA, 94952
Call the non-profit at 707-795-1544.

Committee on the Shelterless
Address: 900 Hopper Street
Petaluma, California, 94952
Phone - 707-778-6380
A free meal is served to the homeless and low income 365 days per year. Another program is the Petaluma Kitchen Food Box, which is part of the Petaluma Kitchen’s daily meal program. Free food is delivered each week to very-low income seniors, children and families in Petaluma California. They also offer referrals to other non-profit community resources, such as housing, utility bill programs, clothing, or free medical care. Local churches, social service agencies and other groups are key partners.

Sonoma Overnight Support
Address: 151 First Street West
Sonoma, California, 95476
Call 707-939-6777
Shelter and meals are available.

Sherwood Valley Food Program
1220 Blosser Lane
Willits, CA, 95490
Distributes surplus U.S.D.A. commodities and a variety of basic foods to Rancheria and Reservations only as well as other tribal centers.

Society of St Vincent De Paul of Sonoma County
Provides social services, emergency food, clothing, employment services and more for individuals and families of Sonoma County. Find more details on Saint Vincent de Paul in Sonoma County.





Additional free food programs near you in Sonoma County

More information can be obtained by dialing 707.523.7900. Sonoma County families can get referrals to additional free food pantries near them, help in applying for CalFresh benefits, or seniors can even enroll into Meals on Wheels. Several other services may also be provided.

By Jon McNamara

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