The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano provides free food directly to the community through a variety of programs.
We provide food and support to food pantries located on local junior and four-year colleges, as well as adult education schools.
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.
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.
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.
Patients referred by the Contra Costa County Health Department receive supplemental food, including fresh produce, twice a month.
Individuals who meet income guidelines receive fresh produce, bread and USDA commodities monthly.
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.
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.
Fresh produce and bread are distributed to low-income housing complexes twice a month.
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.
Healthy pantry staples are available at elementary, middle and high schools where 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch.
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.
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.
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.