California Free Food Banks Locations

California Free Food Banks. – Scroll down to find a county

Individuals in California can turn to a local food bank for free or low-cost meals, food and groceries. Many of the pantries near you that are listed below work with other local charities, churches, and non-profits in your county and town. Together the various groups and pantries in your county (which are listed below) distribute food, groceries, produce, dairy products, baby formula, and much more to anyone who needs help.

Find information on more food banks and pantries that operate in your local town, city, and county. Find the phone numbers and addresses of those pantries and programs that are more specific to your location.

Alameda County
Alameda County Community Food Bank
7900 Edgewater Drive
Oakland, California
Phone number – 510-635-3663
Alpine County
Food Bank of El Dorado County
6230 Enterprise Drive
Diamond Springs
Free meals, groceries, and perishable items are offered by this center.
Amador County
Address: Interfaith Council of Amador County
12181 Airport Road
Jackson, CA
Call 209-267-9006
Butte County
Community Action Agency of Butte County
2255 Del Oro Avenue
Call 530-538-7559 for hours
Calaveras County
Resource Connection
206 George Reed Drive
San Andreas, CA
Phone number – 209-754-1257
 Contra Costa County
Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
Address of pantry – 4010 Nelson Avenue
Concord, California
The non-profit food distribution center works with charities, churches, and pantries in the northern portion of the state. Call them for referrals and information on other local and regional resources.
Del Norte County
Rural Human Services, Inc.
286 M Street Suite A
Crescent City
El Dorado County
Food Bank of El Dorado County
6230 Enterprise Drive
Diamond Springs
Telephone – 530-621-9950
Primary phone – 707-445-3166
Programs are focused on low income families, seniors, and disabled. Meals, groceries, and emergency food boxes may be offered.
Fresno County
Community Food Bank
3403 E. Central Avenue
Humboldt County
Food for People, Inc.
307 West 14th Street
Imperial County
Imperial Valley Food Bank
329 Applestill Road
El Centro
Telephone – 760-370-0966
Inyo County
Inyo/Mono Advocates For Community Action
224 South Main Street
Dial 760-873-8557
Works with local pantries. Breads, rice, frozen foods, hot meals, and emergency boxes of food may all be served to the needy and low income.
Kern County
Community Action Partnership of Kern
300 19th Street
Call 661-336-5236
The non-profit can help people apply for government aid and other support. Some of what may be offered includes Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, food boxes, groceries, and perishable food items.
Kings County
Kings County Community Action Organization
Location is 1130 North 11th Avenue
Hanford, California
Call 559-582-4386
Lake County
Clearlake Gleaners, Inc.
Address: 1896 Big Valley Road
Finley, CA
Telephone – 707-263-8082
Lassen County
Lassen County Council on Aging
1700 Sunkist Drive
Susanville, CA
Individuals over the age of 55, and their spouses, can turn to the aging office. Several recreation programs and services are available as well. Or get information on medical care and other aid. Applications may be available for low income energy bill assistance and programs such as Medicare.
Los Angeles County
Food Bank of Southern California
Address: 1444 San Francisco Avenue
Long Beach
Call the non-profit at 562-435-3577
Works with other pantries, charities, and churches in southern California. Hot meals, free boxes of food, and other support is provided. Some basic needs such as household goods could be met.
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
1734 East 41st Street
Los Angeles
The two LA County food banks above may serve more people than any other food bank in the nation. Call them for hours of food distribution, and get lists and phone numbers of local pantries.
Madera County
Madera County Food Bank
225 South Pine Street, Suite 101
Marin County
Marin Community Food Bank
Location is 75 Digital Drive
Novato, CA
Call 415-883-1302
Mariposa County
Merced County Food Bank, Inc.
Address – 2000 West Olive
Merced, California
Main number – 209-726-3663
Mendocino County
Mendocino Food and Nutrition Program, Inc.
910 North Franklin
Fort Bragg, CA
Main number is 707-964-9404
Merced County
Merced County Food Bank, Inc.
2000 West Olive
Emergency food boxes, formula, vegetables, rice, and other food supplies are passed out.
Modoc County
Lassen County Council on Aging
1700 Sunkist Drive
Call for hours and intake 530-257-4884
Mono County
Inyo/Mono Advocates For Community Action
224 South Main Street
Monterey County
Food Bank for Monterey County
Location is 815 West Market Street, #5
Main phone number is 831-758-1523
Napa County
Community Action of Napa Valley
3273 Claremont Way, Suite 207
Napa, California
Serves residents of northern California and the wine country.
Nevada County
Food Bank of Nevada County
587 Sutton Way
Grass Valley
Main phone number – 530-272-3796
Orange County
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Location – 8014 Marine Way
Irvine, California
Telephone number is 949-653-2900
This non-profit works with churches and charities across Southern California. They provide those pantries with canned groceries, fresh fruits, rice, breads, and more. Those pantries they pass out the items to qualified clients.
Orange County
Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Location is 11870 Monarch Street
Garden Grove, CA
Administer several social services and can provide referrals and other support.
Placer County
Community Resources Council
133 Church Street
Call for food, or information on local resources and assistance programs. Works with local charities such as the Salvation Army or community action agencies in California.
Riverside County
Second Harvest Food Bank
serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
2950-B Jefferson Street
Tens of thousands of Inland Empire California families receive help from this location every year. It distributes food, meats, canned goods, and government commodities. Also learn about holidays meals, and get information on public assistance like CalFresh.
Sacramento County
California Food Bank of Sacramento
5800 Foodlink Street
Sacramento, CA
Telephone – 916-387-9000
This center supports the low income and working poor. Ask about applications for food stamps, Cal-Fresh, or get referrals to soup kitchens and pantries. Senior citizens can inquire into regional Meals on Wheels programs too.
San Bernardino County
The Community Food Bank of San Benito County
Location of center is 1133 San Felipe Road
Hollister, CA
Call 831-637-0340
San Bernardino County
Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
696 S. Tippecanoe Avenue
San Bernardino, California
Main phone number – 909-723-1500
Not only has information on food pantries, but may be able to coordinate financial assistance, housing, and other forms of aid for the needy.
San Diego County
San Diego Food Bank
9850 Distribution Avenue
San Diego
San Francisco County
San Francisco Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Avenue
San Francisco
Call 415-282-1907
The very low income, homeless, and others from the region turn to the center for free meals, clothing, and more. However they will more than likely receive referrals and other support.
San Joaquin County
San Joaquin County Human Services Agency
2736 North Teepee Dr, Suite C
Call 209-468-0982
San Luis Obispo County
Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
Address is 2212 Golden Hill Road
Paso Robles
Phone – 805-238-4664
Snacks for students and children, specialty meals for seniors, formula, and more may be served. The center can refer residents to emergency food assistance programs in the region as well.
San Mateo County
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara/San Mateo
750 Curtner Avenue
San Jose
Call 408-266-8866
Santa Barbara County
Food Bank of Santa Barbara
4554 Hollister
Santa Barbara
Santa Clara County
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara/San Mateo
750 Curtner Avenue
San Jose, CA
Phone number is 408-266-8866.
Low income families can be provided free groceries, produce, applications to CalFresh and other assistance from the organization. More information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo.
Santa Cruz.
Second Harvest Food Bank Serving Santa Cruz
800 Ohlone
Watsonville, CA
Main phone number is 831-722-7110
Shasta and Tehama County
Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs, Inc.
100 Mercy Oaks Drive
Telephone – 530-226-3060
As the name implies, focuses its resources on the elderly, homebound, and senior citizens in the region. Some programs include Meals on Wheels, healthy meals, congregate meals and more.
Siskiyou County
Great Northern Corporation
780 South Davis Street
Main phone number is 530-938-1502
Solano County
Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
4010 Nelson Avenue
Sonoma County.
Redwood Empire Food Bank
3320 Industrial Drive
Santa Rosa
Stanislaus County
Salvation Army Modesto Citadel
Address: 600 Janopaul Way
Modesto, California
A leading social service organization for the region. Free Christmas meals and gifts may be offered for children. Easter and Thanksgiving food baskets, a pantry, and more is available as well. Occasional funding or vouchers for bills or items like school supplies may be provided too.
Sutter County
Yuba/Sutter Gleaners Food Bank, Inc.
760 Stafford Way
Yuba City
Shasta and Tehama County
Tehama County Gleaners
Location of pantry is 13105 Coyote Lane
Red Bluff, California
Trinity County
Trinity County Food Assistance Program
Food pantry address – 9069 3rd Street
Telephone – 530-623-5409
Tulare County
Foodlink for Tulare County
7427 West Sunnyview
Visalia, CA
Hot meals, lunches, breakfast and more may be served. Or get a box of groceries. All supplies are limited and come with income and other restrictions. They will try not to turn anyone away.
Tuolumne County
Amador/Tuolumne Community Action Agency, Inc.
Address – 935 South State Highway 49
Ventura County
Food Share Inc. of Ventura County
4156 North Southbank Road
Oxnard, CA
Works with a number of local churches and non-profits. Programs are focused on immigrants and Hispanics too. Call the center for free food or vouchers. Can also refer people to other local social service agencies in California, or clothing closets.
Yolo County.
Food Bank of Yolo County
Address: 1244 Fortna Street
Some of what may be served includes baby formula, household and basic needs such as diapers, free groceries, fruits, and perishable items. Donate or volunteer at the free pantry if you can.
Yuba County
Yuba/Sutter Gleaners Food Bank, Inc.
760 Stafford Way
Yuba City, CA
Main number is 530-673-3834

Locations of more California free food banks

If you are not having any success with the California food banks listed above, or need information on other pantries near you, individuals and families who need further support can dial 866-321-4435 for more information or locations.

By Jon McNamara