Free Food Pantries
Residents of Sonoma County California that need help feeding their families can turn to local food pantries. Many of them are non-profits or charities and offer the low income and less fortunate with free items, such as boxes of food, groceries, and hot meals. Or families can contact a center for information or referrals to programs such as CalFresh food stamps or USDA programs.
The hours of the centers vary as does exactly what may be passed out. It is usually recommended to call in advance. However, not only can an approved client maybe get a free bag of groceries, but some of the non-profits can help in other ways as well, such as offering clothing or holiday meals. Other resources such as Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP), Meals on Wheels for seniors, government benefit applications and other resources are available.
Redwood Empire Food Bank
100 South Cloverdale Blvd.
They partner with the United States Department of Agriculture to run the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP). This is for very low income and/or poor residents in Sonoma.
Cloverdale Food Pantry
202 Commercial Street
Three churches run the pantry with volunteers.
Forestville United Methodist Church
Main address is 6550 Covey Road
Food For Thought, Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank
6550 Railroad Avenue
Patients of HIV can receive free weekly food boxes and groceries. They will also have nutritional supplements and counseling services.
Church St and First St, Universal Industrial Church – Community and Family Service Agency
This non-profit services complete dinners for free. They may have salad, soup and even vegetarian whole grain meals.
Russian River Community Food Pantry
14520 Armstrong Woods Road
This is a cooperative effort by volunteers from St. Elizabeth’s Church, the Salvation Army service extension unit, Guerneville Community Church and also St. Vincent De Paul society. They offer emergency food baskets to the needy.
Salvation Army Petaluma Corps
721 S. McDowell Blvd.
There may be financial aid, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, free toys for kids, shelter, and more. The charity also has a soup kitchen to feed the hungry.
Santa Rosa First Church of God
Main location is 4001 Roblar Rd
Committee on the Shelterless
900 Hopper Street
A free meal is served to the homeless and low income 365 days per year. Another program is the Petaluma Kitchen Food Box, which is part of the Petaluma Kitchen’s daily meal program. Free food is delivered each week to very-low income seniors, children and families in Petaluma California. They also offer referrals to other non-profit community resources, such as housing, utility bill programs, clothing, or free medical care. Local churches, social service agencies and other groups are key partners.
Neighbors Organized Against Hunger
Santa Rosa Alliance Church
301 Fulton Rd
600 Morgan Street Suite A
A twice per week food pantry.
Harvest Christian Center
Main location is 3350 Coffee Lane, Suite C
Main phone number is 707-575-3333
FISH of Santa Rosa – Friends in Service Here
Location is 2900 McBride Lane
Volunteers offer a few day supply of groceries. Hot meals, holiday support, or information on clothing closets may be available too.
Redwood Covenant Church
3175 Sebastopol Road
The non-profit may have U.S.D.A. Food, groceries, fruits, formula and Non-Perishable Food.
Seventh Day Adventist Church-Santa Rosa
840 Sonoma Avenue
Prime Time Nutrition
443 Dutton Ave., Ste.14
The assistance program they have is federal government funded for qualified low income participants. Aid may be offered for women, infants & children as well from WIC. A thrift store also sells quality products./ the pantry may have vegetables, fruits, quality baked goods, canned & dry goods such as beans.
Friends in Sonoma Helping
18330 Sonoma Highway
Up to 5 days of free groceries are provided. Appointments are needed. There may be canned soup, formula, cereal, and even baby formula. They also help immigrants in Sonoma County, and may have holiday food baskets.
La Luz Center
Location of food bank: 17560 Greger Street
Bring a box to fill to this pantry. Free food may be passed out once per week.
Sonoma Overnight Support
Address: 151 First Street West
Shelter and meals are available.
Sherwood Valley Food Program
1220 Blosser Lane
Distributes surplus U.S.D.A. commodities and a variety of basic foods to Rancheria and Reservations only as well as other tribal centers.
Sherwood Valley Food Program
1220 Blosser Lane
Distributes surplus U.S.D.A. commodities and a variety of basic foods to Rancheria and Reservations only, as well as other tribal centers.
Windsor Service Alliance
8987 Windsor Road
Assistance includes a food pantry and more. Inquire into monetary assistance program, a free gasoline voucher program, and rent help. The center also has food for Windsor California families and senior citizens.
Society of St Vincent De Paul of Sonoma County
Provides social services, emergency food, clothing, employment services and more for individuals and families of Sonoma County. Find more details on Saint Vincent de Paul in Sonoma County.
More information can be obtained by calling Redwood Empire Food Bank at 707.523.7900.
Sonoma County families can get referrals to free food pantries, help in applying for CalFresh benefits, or seniors can even enroll into Meals on Wheels. Several other services may also be provided.