Emergency Food

There are 28 programs in the Emergency Food Category.

Bread of Life (City on A Hill Mission Church)
Eligibility: Photo ID card
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. 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: Ebenezer Congregational...

Calvary Community Church (Living Well Ministries Food Pantry)
Eligibility: None
Fees: None

Calvary Community Church provides a bag of groceries to those in need on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Individuals or families can receive assistance once a month.

Cornerstone Community Church (Helping Hands)
Eligibility: Residents of MantecaMust bring photo IDProof of address and proof of income
Fees: None

Cornerstone Community Church Helping Hands 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: Bring current identification with proof of address in San Joaquin County. If ID is not current, bring additional proof of current San Joaquin County address (gas, electric, cable TV, or telephone bil...
Fees: None

Emergency Food Bank Stockton/San Joaquin County, 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.Emergency Food Bank emphasizes health, nutrition, food economics, and education; and provides classes in nutr...

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.

Gospel Center Rescue Mission (New Hope Family Shelter)
Eligibility: Homeless and/or addicted women and women with children up to age 17. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis.
Fees: None

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 and processing, coping skills, parenting skills, anger management, boundaries, relapse prevention, ACE classes, chapel, 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 their ow...

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 twice a month, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or for emergencies during office hours. For more information and to verify distribution dates, please call 209-858-4466

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

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

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). Holiday food boxes are distributed at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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

Salvation Army, Lodi will begin providing emergency food boxes beginning January 3rd, 2023 on Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Clients are eligible once every three months for an emergency food box. Sally bags are provided on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Clients are eligible to pick up once per week per household. Must call to verify dates, times and documentation needed for registration.

Salvation Army, Lodi (Hope Harbor Family Service Center)
Eligibility: Homeless single men, single women, families or single parents 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.Meal hours:Meals are served daily at 5:00 p.m. Breakfast served on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Emergency shelter hours:Nightly check-in 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Salvation Army, Stockton
Eligibility: Low income Stockton, French Camp, Lathrop, Tracy, Escalon and Manteca residents.
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 Dollar Energy program. No requirements for the Youth Center.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 ra...

San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services (Boggs Tract Community Center)
Eligibility: Boggs Tract Community Center serves qualifying individuals living in the 95201, 95202, 95203, 95204, 95207, 95209, 95211, 95219 and 95234 zip codes.
Fees: None

Boggs Tract Community Center is committed to providing community members with information and access to a variety of agencies that provide services in the areas of human services, employment, health, nutrition, housing assistance and education services.Boggs Tract Community Center offers a wide range of services. Please see below:Food and Nutrition Services:Government Commodity Program: Food is distributed on the third Thursday of the month.Emergency Food Program & Donated Food: Emergency fo...

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 Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Donated food is distributed on most Mondays, some Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00 a.m.Other services:Assistance with homeowners and renters assist...

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 low-income individuals and families living in zip codes 95304, 95376, 95377, 95385, and 95391 with emergency food on most Mondays and Wednesdays 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. USDA food is also distributed on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or while supplies last.

San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services (Lodi Community Service Center)
Eligibility: Clients must reside in specific zip code areas. Please call for more information.
Fees: None

Lodi Community Service Center provides families with emergency food on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., serving up 30 families. To qualify, families must be low-income residents living in San Joaquin County (Lodi, Galt, Thornton, Clements, Victor and Woodbridge). For emergency food, clients must bring the following documentation: photo identification and proof of address, such as a PG&E, telephone bill or rent receipt. Identification is needed for each family member. They a...

San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services (Northeast Community Center)
Eligibility: Must live in the 95205 or 95210 zip codes
Fees: None

Northeast Community Center provides the following services:Commodity Program Distribution takes place the 3rd Thursday of the month to qualifying individuals living in the 95205 zip code. Distribution starts at 8:30 a.m. There is no food the third week of the month, because of Commodity distribution on Thursday.Weekly Food Distribution is Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or while supplies last.There are programs for seniors 60 years and older, including a Brown Bag progr...

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 Services:USDA Commodity Food - every 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Donated Foods - Monday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. (first come, first served or until it's gone.) Donated Food is not distributed Friday before the commodity week, the week of commodities, and last Wednesday of each month.Farmer's Market - every 4th Thursday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.T...

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

Thornton Community Center provides assistance to families primarily living in the Thornton/North San Joaquin County area. They offer the following services:Food giveaways on Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Proof of residency in the area for new participants Emergency food programClothes closetVITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) Youth Program Intramural Sports Program Computer Lab Recreation Games Arts & Crafts Classes Homework Club After-School SnackSenior Progra...

Second Harvest of the Greater Valley
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, Fresh Food 4 Kids and school pantry program.Fresh Food 4 Kids (FF4F) and school pantry is a new approach to serving children and families directly at school sites during the school year and into the summer months. Once to twice a month, the Food Bank drops off 4-6 pallets of food,...

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 Dining Room services include:St. Mary's Dining Room provides breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, 365 days a year.Medical and dental care is available to uninsured men, women and children. The hygiene center provides families and individuals experiencing homelessness with the opportunity to shower, care for th...

St. Paul's Methodist Church (Food Pantry)
Eligibility: None
Fees: None

For emergency food assistance, please call the church office and leave a voicemail.

St. Vincent De Paul Society (Food Pantry/Clothes Closet)
Eligibility: Residents of Manteca, Lathrop or 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. Distribution for food is Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Individuals and families can receive assistance once every 30 days. Holiday Food Baskets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign-ups are at the beginning of November for Thanksgiving and beginning of December for Christmas.

Stockton Unified School District (Family Resource Centers)
Eligibility: Stockton Unified School District Parent/Guardian.
Fees: None

Family Resource Centers offers parenting classes and resources to families with Stockton Unified School District students. Parents and guardians of students at SUSD can participate at the district level Parent Advisory Committee. The role of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is to advise, recommend, and review matters pertaining to the Local Control Accountability Plan and Local Control Funding Formula. There are two affinity groups: LatinX PAC and African American/ Black PAC (AABPAC). Please ...

The Bridge at Stockton (Food and Clothing Bank)
Eligibility: ID with current address is required.
Fees: None

The Bridge at Stockton provides a food and clothing bank on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. It is a casual drop-in atmosphere. Distribution is located at the northeast side of the parking lot. They ask that you do not arrive early (public charter school operates out of their facility and parking access is needed for student drop-offs until 8:30 a.m.).Commodity Food Distribution Program is held the third Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Curren...

The Way 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.

Tracy Interfaith Ministries (Food Pantry and Clothes Closet)
Eligibility: Low or no-income individuals and families (Tracy residents only). Must bring identification for all in household, proof of income, and proof of address in Tracy.
Fees: None

Tracy Interfaith Ministries provides emergency food which is available Monday through Thursday 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: Please see below.
Fees: None

Women’s Center Youth & Family Services (WCYFS) is San Joaquin County’s primary 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. WCYFS has a staff of 70 providing services at 10 sites throughout San Jo...