Main Food Pantry: Families and individuals in need of emergency food assistance can visit the Emergency Food Bank’s on-site food pantry located at 7 West Scotts Avenue, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Food assistance is available twice per calendar month per household. Please bring identification with proof of current San Joaquin County address.
Annual Holiday Food Giveaway: Every year we hold a variety of events to receive food and monetary donations that allow us to build holiday meals that we giveaway twice a year. One for Thanksgiving and again at Christmas. To receive food boxes and a turkey, participatns must be residents of San Joaquin County with proper ID. ID includes proof of residence with a utility bill, a CA ID or Drivers license that shows San Joaquin County resident address, an an Emergency Food Bank ID (come to the Emergency Food Bank prior to distribution day to apply/recive this ID).
- Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway 2020 will be a contactless drive thru at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Lineup for the event will begin no earlier than 6am and distribution will begin at 8am until 1pm or while meals last.
- Staff and volunteers will wear masks for safety and we ask that customers remain in their vehicle with windows up or masked for safety.
- Clear out a space in your trunk prior to arrival to make the placement quick and easy.
- Be sure to have all proper ID in the vehicle, one ID for each person receiving food items.
- Clarify any questions prior to pick-up day by calling our offices at 209.464.7369.
- Christmas Meal Giveaway 2020 - details to be announced soon
Mobile Farmer's Market: The Mobile Farmer’s Market travels to 62 sites throughout the county to reach under-served areas. The program offers nutritious food to thousands of families and seniors. Nutrition Educators provide fresh fruit and vegetables, nutrition education, and cooking demonstrations featuring a harvest of the month.
“Nutrition on the Move" Educational Classes: The Emergency Food Bank offers monthly classes at its Thomas F. Wilson nutrition Education Center where Families and individuals can learn about planning and cooking nutritious meals, how to prevent obesity and chronic conditions and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
CalFresh Outreach: In an attempt to increase participation in CalFresh benefits and reduce the growing number of hunger and food-insecurity in San Joaquin County, the Emergency Food Bank, in collaboration with the Hunger Task Force for San Joaquin County, began CalFresh outreach and education to families, individuals and seniors. An Emergency Food Bank and Family Services Outreach Worker is available on-site to assist clients with the CalFresh application process and has helped many households throughout San Joaquin County receive CalFresh benefits.
USDA Commodeties Program: On the last Wednesday of every month the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works with the Emergency Food Bank to provide San Joaquin County Residents with nutritious USDA Foods. A valid form of ID is required.
Partner Pantries: The Emergency Food Bank provides food to partner pantries throughout San Joaquin County. These pantries are located in underserved neighborhoods and serve as a resource to people in need. To be considered as a Pantry Partner, CLICK HERE and fill out our Pantry Partner Application. For more information contact Megan Kenison, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Training for the community: Each day, the EFBS operates with as many as 25 community volunteers. Many of our volunteers are here to gain work experience in food handling, warehouse work, truck driving and office administration – and many go on to productive jobs at the Emergency Food Bank, and in the community.
To get involved in these programs, call the Emergency Food Bank, 209.464.7369.