Emergency Food

There are 30 programs in the Emergency Food Category.

A Place of Refuge
Eligibility: Anyone in need of food resources. Photo ID and proof of income required.
Fees: None

A Place of Refuge provides supplemental groceries to people in need. Please call to sign up. An appointment is required.

Bread of Life
Eligibility: Photo ID is required.
Fees: None

Bread of Life is a non-profit outreach in northern San Joaquin county which provides supplemental groceries to people in need. Bread of Life has now expanded its outreach to the greater Stockton community and the cities of Lodi, Tracy and Manteca. Here's how it works: Bread of Life partners with other community-based organizations to bring the food to one central location in each city and distributes the food on the third Saturday of each month to thousands of needy families. Locations:Lodi Loc...

Calvary Community Church (Food Pantry)
Eligibility: Must bring photo ID.
Fees: None

Calvary Community Church provides a bag of groceries to those in need on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Individuals or families can receive assistance once a month.

Cornerstone Community Church (Helping Hands)
Eligibility: Residents of Manteca. Must bring photo ID, proof of address and proof of income.
Fees: None

Cornerstone Community Church Helping Hands Program provides supplemental groceries for those in need. Distribution is the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Emergency Food Bank Stockton/San Joaquin County
Eligibility: Emergency food assistance is available twice per calendar month. To qualify for emergency food assistance, please bring current identification with proof of address in San Joaquin County. If ID is n...
Fees: None

The Emergency Food Bank, founded in 1968, is the largest direct provider of packaged emergency food in San Joaquin County. The mission of the Emergency Food Bank is to build a stronger community by providing a safety net of food, nutrition and health education, job training, and hope to residents of San Joaquin County who find themselves in an emergency situation.The Food Bank emphasizes health, nutrition, food economics, and education. The Food Bank provides classes in nutrition education and...

First Baptist Church (Food Pantry)
Eligibility: Manteca residents. Current photo ID, proof of income and address is required.
Fees: None

First Baptist Church offers supplemental food to those in need. Food assistance is based on family size. Please call to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are not available.

Good Samaritan Service Center
Eligibility: Low income resident of San Joaquin County. Must bring photo identification for head of household and Social Security Cards for each member of household.
Fees: None

Good Samaritan Service Center provides food and clothing for low income individuals in need. Referrals to shelters, low-income housing, other food banks, employment listings and free medical care is also offered. Their goal is to provide the basic needs for today and the necessary training for tomorrow.

Linden Food and Clothing Closet
Eligibility: Low income Linden residents and transient persons or families.
Fees: None

Linden Food and Clothing Closet provides emergency food assistance and clothing to qualifying individuals and families. To qualify, participants must complete a registration card and provide residence identification. Each client is eligible for food once a month, but may visit the clothing closet whenever facility is open.

New Hope Family Shelter (New Life Program: Emergency Shelter, Life Skills, & Addiction Programs)
Eligibility: Homeless single women with or without children (girls any age and boys up to 12 years old). Call New Hope Family Shelter Director at (209) 320-2326 for availability Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to...
Fees: None or sliding scale fee.

New Hope Family Shelter (NHFS) offers shelter and related services for homeless single women, women with children, and those with or without substance abuse problems. Programs within the NHFS provide counseling, coping skills, parenting skills, budgeting/money management, nutrition, personal hygiene and job readiness. New Hope also features an 80/20 percent savings plan to help families save money for a place to live.Call New Hope Family Shelter Director at (209) 320-2326 for availability Monda...

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Food Pantry)
Eligibility: Must be a resident of Lathrop or French Camp. Proof of income, photo ID and proof of address is required.
Fees: None

Our Lady of Guadalupe operates a food pantry and provides those in need with supplemental groceries. Distribution is every Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with the exception of the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month; distribution on those days are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information and to verify distribution dates, please call.

Ripon Interfaith Ministries
Eligibility: Low income resident of Ripon. Must provide proof of neediness and address i.e. phone bill.
Fees: None

Ripon Interfaith Ministries provides emergency assistance with food to low income families in crisis. Groceries are provided for about four days, once or twice per month. Clothing is provided once per month (five articles of clothing per person). As part of eligibility, individuals must provide proof of income as well as proof of Ripon residency. Holiday food boxes are distributed at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Salvation Army, Lodi (Food Distribution )
Eligibility: Residents living in Lodi, Galt, Acampo, Woodbridge, Clements, Lockeford, Rio Vista and Jackson.
Fees: None

Salvation Army Lodi provides emergency food on Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Assistance is offered once every 3 months. Sally bags are provided on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Please call to verify dates, times and documentation needed.

Salvation Army, Lodi (Hope Harbor Family Service Center)
Eligibility: Homeless single men, homeless single women or single parent with a child/children.
Fees: None

Hope Harbor Family Service Center provides emergency lodging, hot meals and clothing. Other programs and classes have been designed to assist clients in becoming more self-reliant and self-sufficient. Please call for more information.

Salvation Army, Stockton
Eligibility: Low income Stockton, French Camp, Lathrop, Escalon and Manteca residents. No requirements for the Youth Center.
Fees: None

Salvation Army, Stockton assists needy families with emergency food, clothing and furnishings when their homes have been destroyed by fire or any form of disaster or calamity. Salvation Army also provides assistance with paying for PG&E bill through its REACH program (limited funding available).Stockton Salvation Army sites:Adult Rehabilitation Center & Thrift Store: 1247 South Wilson Way, Stockton (209) 466-3871. There is a car lot featuring used and running cars ranging from $300 to ...

San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services (Boggs Tract Community Center)
Eligibility: To qualify for emergency food, must be low-income and bring in documentation for each family member. Please call for more information.
Fees: None

Boggs Tract Community Center serves qualifying individuals living in the 95201, 95202, 95203, 95204, 95207, 95209, 95211, 95219 and 95234 zip codes.Boggs Tract serves as a distribution site for the Government Commodity Program. Food is distributed on the third Thursday of the month to 95201, 95202 and 95203 residents starting at 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For individuals living in North Stockton, please contact St. Andrew’s at (209) 957-8750.Boggs Tract also provides emergency food to qualifying ...

San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services (Garden Acres Community Center)
Eligibility: Must be low-income (some programs are not income based). To qualify for emergency food, must bring in documentation. Please call to learn what documentation is needed for each family member.
Fees: None

Garden Acres Community Center participates in the government commodity program for individuals meeting income and residence requirements. Food is distributed on the third Thursday of the month at 8:00 a.m. to qualifying individuals living in the 95212, 95215 and 95236 zip codes. Emergency food is distributed on Tuesday's from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Donated food is distributed on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:00 p.m. (or sooner).Other services:Free income tax preparation assistan...

San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services (Larch Clover Community Center)
Eligibility: Tracy low-income residents only. To qualify for emergency food, clients must bring in documentation. Please call to learn what documentation or identification is needed for each family member....
Fees: None

Larch Clover Community Center provides needy individuals and families living in Tracy zip codes 95304, 95375, 95376, 95377, and 95378 with emergency food on Monday and Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. for the first 20 families. Commodities are distributed on the third Thursday of each month from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services (Lodi Community Service Center)
Eligibility: Please see below.
Fees: None

Lodi Community Service Center provides families with emergency food on Tuesday and Friday 11:00 a.m.; serving 30 families. To qualify, must be a low-income resident living in San Joaquin County (Lodi, Galt, Thornton, Clements, Victor and Woodbridge). For emergency food, clients must bring documentation. Please call to learn what documentation and identification is needed for each family member. They also provide the following programs:After school program for children: Monday through Friday 3:30...

San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services (Northeast Community Center)
Eligibility: Due to a fire and subsequent closure of this Center, residents are advised to seek services at Garden Acres Community Center located at 607 Bird Avenue, Stockton, CA, 95215. For more information, ple...
Fees: None

Northeast Community Center participates in the government commodity program for individuals meeting income and residence requirements. Food is distributed on the third Thursday of the month to qualifying individuals living in the 95205 zip code. Distribution starts at 8:30 a.m.The Center’s Emergency Food Bank distributes food to individuals living in the 95210 and 95205 zip codes Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. First-come, first-served basis for the first 30 people.The Northea...

San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services (Taft Community Center)
Eligibility: Low-income Stockton residents living in the 95206, 95231 and 95330 zip codes. Residents must provide picture identification and proof of residency (utility bill or a current bill).
Fees: None

Taft Community Center offers a wide range of services. Please see below:Food and Nutrition ServicesUSDA Commodity Food - every 3rd Thursday of each month for 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Donated Foods - Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with exceptions. Donated Food is not distributed the week of commoditiesEmergency Food Assistance - Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; once every 90 days. Emergency Food is not distributed week of commoditiesFarmer's Market ...

San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services (Thornton Community Center)
Eligibility: Vary. Please call for more information.
Fees: None

Thornton Community Service Center provides assistance to families primarily living in the Thornton/North San Joaquin County area. They offer the following services: Food giveaways on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Proof of residency in the area for new participants. Emergency food programClothes closetVITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) Farmers Market: 1st Monday of every month at 11:30 a.m.Youth Program Intramural Sports Program Computer Lab Recreation Games Arts & Crafts Classes Ho...

Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties
Eligibility: All families and individuals in need.
Fees: None

Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties provides referrals to families and individuals in need of food assistance in their area. These referrals are given to those most at risk of going hungry.Food 4 Thought partners with existing tutorial programs at schools, community centers and youth organizations. The program provides a bag of supplemental groceries twice a month to the children and their families as a reward for good attendance at these tutorial programs.Senior Br...

St. Andrews Lutheran Church (Commodity Distribution)
Eligibility: None
Fees: None

St. Andrews Lutheran Church provides low income families with emergency food through its Commodity Distribution Program. Distribution occurs on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.

St. Mary's Dining Room (Dining Room, Hygiene Center, Medical Clinic, Dental Clinic and Social Services)
Eligibility: None
Fees: None

St. Mary's Dining Room responds to poverty in San Joaquin County by feeding the hungry, caring for health issues and restoring human dignity to over 700 individuals each day.St. Mary's Dining Room provides breakfast and a hot lunch 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A sack meal is also provided in the late afternoon. Medical and dental care is available to uninsured men, women and children. The hygiene center provides homeless individuals and families with the opportunity to shower, care for the...

St. Paul's Methodist Church (Food Pantry)
Eligibility: Residents of Manteca or Lathrop. Must bring photo ID, proof of income (if applicable) and proof of address. Please call to verify distribution dates and times.
Fees: None

St. Paul's Methodist Church provides food resources to residents of Manteca or Lathrop every Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. except on the first Friday of the month. Residents can receive food assistance one time per month.

St. Vincent De Paul (Food Pantry/Clothes Closet)
Eligibility: Residents of Manteca, Lathrop and French Camp. Must bring photo ID, proof of address and proof of income for family.
Fees: None

St. Vincent de Paul provides supplemental groceries for individuals and families living in Manteca, Lathrop or French Camp. A Clothes Closet is also available. Distribution for food and clothing is Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Individuals and families can receive assistance once every 30 days.

State of California Department of Corrections Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) (Friends Outside Gathering Place)
Eligibility: Friend or family member of someone incarcerated at Deuel Vocational Institute (DVI), state men’s prison.
Fees: None

Friends Outside is a non-profit agency that assists families and friends of incarcerated men at DVI, at the Friends Outside Visiting Center. It serves the children and works to maintain family unification. Emergency clothing, food and shelter and children’s programs are also offered. Transportation from the Greyhound and Amtrack stations in Stockton is provided. Reservations must be made one week in advance. Child care for children ages 7 years and older is available.

The Bridge at Stockton (Food Bank)
Eligibility: ID with current address is required. Annual demographic form needs to be completed by each household to comply with Second Harvest Food Bank requirements.
Fees: None

The Bridge at Stockton provides a food bank that is open every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. It is a casual drop-in atmosphere where you will be greeted warmly and given whatever items are available each week. Commodity Food Distribution Program is held the third Thursday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Current ID with address is required.The "Bag Night" ministry is run by the Jr. & Sr. Youth Group (with support from adults). Grocery bags are filled and delivered to shut-...

Tracy Interfaith Ministries (Food Pantry and Clothes Closet)
Eligibility: Low or no income individuals and families (Tracy residents only). Must bring Social Security Card or other form of identification and proof of address.
Fees: None

Tracy Interfaith Ministries provides emergency food which is available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Emergency clothing is also provided for residents in need.Tracy Interfaith Ministries offers a Families-At-Risk program, designed to assist a family through a one-time financial emergency. It provides emergency funds to help a family meet household costs when the family is faced with a temporary job loss, a medical emergency or other financial crisis.

Women's Center-Youth & Family Services
Eligibility: Women's Center-YFS serves women, children, teens and men who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking as well as homeless and runaway youth.
Fees: None

Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services is San Joaquin County’s only provider of free, confidential shelter and services specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless and runaway youth and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization’s mission is to build a stronger community by fostering the strengths in individuals and by acting as a catalyst to end violence and youth homelessness. Women’s Center-YFS has a staff of 75 providing services at 10 sites throughout San ...