Our Programs

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano provides free food directly to the community through a variety of programs.

College Pantry
Program

We provide food and support to food pantries located on local junior and four-year colleges, as well as adult education schools.

Community Produce
Program

We deliver fresh produce to local communities utilizing customized refrigerated trucks that act as mobile farmer’s markets. Clients receive an average of 20 pounds of produce, twice per month.

Community Produce
Program Plus

In addition to the fresh fruits and veggies given out through our Community Produce Program, participants also receive a box of shelf-stable pantry staples.

Drive-Thru
Distributions

Community members stay in their cars while Food Bank staff and volunteers load fresh and nonperishable food into their vehicles at these safe and efficient distributions.

Extra
Helpings

Patients referred by the Contra Costa County Health Department receive supplemental food, including fresh produce, twice a month.

Food Assistance
Program

Individuals who meet income guidelines receive fresh produce, bread and USDA commodities monthly.

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Kids

We partner with low-income schools and school districts to provide fresh produce for distribution through school lunch and after-school programs, including bags of fruit and vegetables to take home.

Food For
Children

Children, ages 3 to 8, receive free food that includes healthy pantry staples, produce and bread. This program is designed to support families that are transitioning off of the WIC benefit.

Harvest to
Home

Fresh produce and bread are distributed to low-income housing complexes twice a month.

Mobile Food
Pharmacy

This mobile pantry is open to Solano Public Health patients who have been prescribed a box of healthy shelf-stable food and fresh produce by their medical provider.

School Pantry
Program

Healthy pantry staples are available at elementary, middle and high schools where 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch.

Senior Food
Program

Low-income senior citizens 55+ receive free groceries, including healthy pantry staples, eggs, cheese and assorted meats twice a month.

In Partnership with Our Community

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano provides support through a variety of community programs.

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CalFresh Outreach 

CalFresh, California’s version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides nutrition benefits to assist food-insecure families with stretching their food budgets and helping them afford healthy food. The Food Bank performs outreach to the estimated 30% of qualifying households who are not enrolled in CalFresh even though it is the single most effective hunger-fighting tool available in California.

Agency Partners

We partner with over 260 local nonprofits to help carry out our mission of ending hunger. Nearly half of the food we distribute is through our partner agencies, which include soup kitchens, church pantries, transitional housing services and child-care centers.

Are you already a partner agency? Check out our Agency Portal with resources, best practices, and grant opportunities. Interested in becoming a partner agency? Please review our eligibility requirements.

Want to host a distribution site? If you are interested in hosting a regular distribution site, review the guidelines and get started.

Questions? For more information about Food Bank programs, contact Programs Director Jenny Schaeffer at email hidden; JavaScript is required or (925) 677-7004.