Who We Are
The mission of the Emergency Food Bank is to build a stronger community by providing a safety net of healthy food, nutrition education, and hope to residents of San Joaquin County who find themselves in need.
The Emergency Food Bank Stockton/San Joaquin (EFB), founded in 1968, is the largest direct provider of packaged emergency food in San Joaquin County. As a member of the California Association of Food Banks, we continue to maintain the Emergency Food Bank as a grassroots food bank solely on the generosity of our donors, supporters, and volunteers. An average of 275 households are served each day (M-F) at the EFB Main Pantry located at 7 W. Scotts Avenue. In addition, the Food Bank provides classes in general nutrition education, healthy meal planning and food preparation. We emphasize health, nutrition, food economics and education. The Emergency Food Bank is proud to announce that in June of 2021, it was selected as a 2021 California NonProfit of the Year by Senator Susan Eggman-Talamantes.
The Food Bank also provides food products to partner pantries throughout the County, numerous non-profit agencies, community based organizations, and to events related to healthy living and nutrition. The Food Bank also provides a service to grocery stores, food processors, farmers and reclamation distribution centers by taking excess or usable foods that would otherwise be thrown away. Additionally, the EFB serves as a job training site by providing a place for the community to learn basic job skills, including warehouse operations, truck operation, data entry, and clerical office skills.
The Emergency Food Bank is continually seeking volunteers, contributions and other forms of community support. Thanks for looking into the Emergency Food Bank!
For additional insight on our mission, call 209.464.7369