The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano distributes food directly to people in need through the following programs:
We provide food and support to food pantries at six local community college and one 4-year university campuses. Most are open 5-days a week and enrolled students with a school ID can pick up free groceries at these little mini-markets. Students are able to pick out what food they want according to their personal dietary restrictions or food preferences.
Community Produce Program
Trucks have been customized for the exclusive purpose of distributing fresh produce to communities in need. Clients will be able to pick-up an average of 20 pounds of produce, twice per month.
Clients referred by the Contra Costa County Health Department receive supplemental food twice a month.
Individuals receive fresh produce, bread, and USDA commodities every month at one of 31 sites.
Food for children whose families cannot afford to keep enough food on the table. Every week, the Food Bank distributes 3-5 pounds of fresh produce per child through after-school programs in low-income schools.
Children, ages 3 to 8, receive free food every month at one of nine sites.
Harvest to Home
Fresh produce and bread are distributed to low-income housing complexes twice a month.
Mobile Food Pharmacy
The Mobile Food Pharmacy is a mobile pantry with healthy food at Solano County Public Health clinics. Public health patients who are food insecure are prescribed healthy food boxes to help reduce instances of diet-related diseases. They are given a box of shelf-stable items as well as fresh produce.
School Pantry Program
Shelf-stable food items are available at high schools and middle schools where 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch.
Senior Food Program
Low-income senior citizens receive free groceries twice a month.
The Food Bank partners with 240 area nonprofits like emergency food pantries, community kitchens and group homes to distribute food to more people in need throughout Contra Costa and Solano counties. Partner agencies run independently while meeting certain guidelines for safety and service set by the Food Bank as a member of Feeding America.
The Food Bank is committed to helping people who need help accessing nutritious food through the CalFresh program.