Food Banks: Where to locate them in your community

A growing number of people in our country are struggling to make ends meet, because of this, families are increasingly turning to their local food banks, charities and congregations for help. In an effort to combat hunger in California communities, food banks are available to families to provide them with nutritional items. California food banks store food and transport it to many not-for-profit organizations throughout the state including churches, schools and soup kitchens. Families can visit these different organizations and receive quality ingredients to help keep their loved ones healthy and fed.

Every county houses a different food bank and the community organizations distributing food vary as well. To get more information about these organizations, we urge you to contact your local food bank. If you have children you can check with their school to find the nearest food bank. Churches are also a great place to go for information.

A Holiday meal for you and your family:

If you have found yourself struggling to be able to provide your family with a holiday meal, many local charities and food banks offer families warm dinners on their premises. To find out more information, contact your local food bank about where a meal like this can be found.

How to qualify:

Each food bank has their own rules and qualifications for providing food to families. For some food banks, the only qualification for assistance is a need for food. Contact your local food bank to ask what qualifications they require.

Who gets food?

According to the California Association of Food Banks, anyone in need; low income families with children, the unemployed, disabled residents, seniors, low income individuals with a chronic illness, teens at risk, the mentally ill and the homeless can qualify for food assistance.

What kind of food is given away?

Much of what is distributed is fresh produce, dairy products, and frozen meats. Food banks also have canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, fruit juices, cereal, soup and many other types of nonperishable foods.

Where can I find my Local Food Bank?

Please visit the California Association of Food Banks’ website at Once there, click on the link “Find a food bank” in the upper right-hand corner. There, you will find a map of California. Click on your county, and the website for your county’s food bank will open. You can also call the California Association of Food Banks at (510) 350-9920. To assist you in finding your nearest food bank, we have provided a list of counties with the phone number to their food bank.

Alameda County
Phone: (510) 635-3663
Kern County
Phone: (661) 398-4520
Napa County
Phone: (707) 253-6128
San Diego County
Phone: (858) 452-3663
Phone: (858) 527-1419
Shasta County
Phone: (530) 226-3073
CAA of Butte County
Phone: (530) 538-7256
Kings County
Phone: (559) 582-4386
Nevada County
Phone: (530) 272-3796
San Francisco County
Phone: (415) 282-1900
Sierra County
Phone: (530) 538-7256
Contra Costa & Solano
Phone: (925) 676-7543
Los Angeles County
Phone: (323) 234-3030
Phone: (310) 828-6016
Orange County
Phone: (714) 897-6670
Phone: (949) 653-2900
San Joaquin County
Phone: (209) 464-7369
Solano County
Phone: (925) 676-7543
Del Norte County
Phone: (707) 464-9190
Marin County
Phone: (415) 282-1900
Placer County
Phone: (916) 783-0481
San Luis Obispo County
Phone: (805) 238-4664
Tehama County
Phone: (530) 538-7256
Glenn County
Phone: (530) 538-7256
Merced County
Phone: (209) 726-3663
Sacramento County
Phone: (916) 387-9000
San Mateo County
Phone: (650) 610-0800
Tulare County
Phone: (559) 651-3663
Humboldt County
Phone: (707) 445-3166
Monterey County
Phone: (831) 758-1523
San Benito County
Phone: (831) 637-0340
Santa Barbara County
Phone: (805) 967-5741
Tuolumne County
Phone: (209) 984-3960
El Dorado County
Food Bank of
El Dorado County
Phone: (530) 621-9950
Mariposa County
Phone: (209) 726-3663
Plumas County
Phone: (530) 538-7256
Santa Clara County
Phone: (408) 266-8866
Ventura County
Food Share of Ventura
Phone: (805) 983-7100
Fresno County
Phone: (559) 237-3663
Mendocino County
Phone: (707) 463-2409
Riverside County
Phone: (760) 775-3663
Santa Cruz County
Phone: (831) 722-7110
Yolo County
Phone: (530) 668-0690