On-site Food Pantry: Five days a week, the EFB serves from 100 to 250 families at our on-site food pantry. Each family, or single, gets packaged food designed to provide three days healthy meals. Donated food supplies about 90 percent of the food we hand out!
Satellite Pantries (Click Here): The EFB now provides food to 8 satellites all over San Joaquin County, from Lathrop to Escalon to Lodi and throughout Stockton - clients can visit any of the 8, or the main Food Bank pantry at 7 West Scotts, to receive a nutritious three-day supply of packaged food!
"Mobile Farmer's Market" (Click Here): In April of 2007, an EFB van, specially equipped for distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables, and nutrition information and cooking demonstrations, begin to visit selected sites throughout the county to reach under-served areas and offer good nutrition to thousands of families and seniors. The Mobile Farmer's Market is currently visiting over 45 locations around San Joaquin County.
“Nutrition on the Move" Educational Classes (Click Here): This program has really expanded in recent years. The Emergency Food Bank, with the help of University of California Extension Service food nutritionists, is now presenting weekly classes to families with children five and under. The classes teach families how to plan healthy, nutritional meals from food that the Food Bank gives out each week.
CalFresh Outreach (Click Here): 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, with recommendations from the Hunger Task Force, began outreaching to families, individuals and seniors with CalFresh information and application assistance. Since August 2009, the Emergency Food Bank and Family Services’ outreach worker has help households throughout San Joaquin County received CalFresh benefits.
Thirty Non-profit Organizations: Did you know that the Emergency Food Bank supplies food and nutrition supplies (currently at no charge) to over 30 non-profit partner agencies? From St. Mary's Interfaith Community Services, Gospel Center Rescue Mission, the Child Abuse Prevention Council and 27 more - we provide food and nutritional items - over 1.0 million pounds to these groups in 2003!
Healthy Living quarterly newspaper: With the support of more than 10 sister agencies, we began publishing a quarterly features newspaper full of tips on good nutrition, healthy lifestyles, EFB events and happenings and community events several years ago. We anticipate this newsy publication growing into the "best read" in the County to provoke thinking and discussion about how we can all take better care of ourselves and use basic food to make healthy meals for our families! To be added to the mailing list please call EFB at 464-7369.
Health and Nutrition Fairs: In an effort to offer our clients the services of both the Food Bank and those of other agencies that provide nutrition and health services, we have begun having Health and Nutrition Fairs. Our first fairs drew up to 250 families to 15 service providers - and all were happy with the information that so many needy families found.
Job Training for the community: Each day, the EFB 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 in the community.
To get involved in these programs, call the Emergency Food Bank, (209) 464-7369!