Food Insecurity Resource Page

The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to supporting students who may be facing food insecurity. This page was created to provide students with food options in their respective areas. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Last updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2020

Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic:

FindHelp.org

Students in need of food may be able to get free groceries from a local pantry listed below. Contact the organization to get more information.

Don't see your zip code listed? Select the next drop-down menu to locate a pantry near you.

San Francisco

Organization distributes food on Zip Codes Served
The Richmond Community Center
(415) 751-6600
Mondays 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuesdays 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm 
Thursdays 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
94121
Haight Ashbury Food Program
(415) 564-7321
Saturdays 10:00 am to 12:30 pm 94117
St. John's Presbyterian Church
(415) 751-1626
Saturdays 7:15 am to 8:45 am 94118

Alameda

Organization Distributes Food on Zip Codes Served
Alameda County Community Food Bank
(510) 635-3663
Fridays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 94621
94610
94618
Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program
(510) 499-1263
Monday thru Thursday and Saturdays 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 94608
Berkeley Food Pantry
(510) 525-2280
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 94703

San Mateo

Organization Distributes Food On Zip Codes Served
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
(650) 610-0800
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
San Mateo & Silicon Valley residents
Pacifica Resource Center
(650) 738-7470
Delivery System; must call beforehand. Pacifica & San Bruno residents
Call Primrose Center
(650) 342-2255
Monday thru Friday 
9:00 am - 2:45 pm
San Mateo residents

Contra Costa

Organization Distributes Food On Zip Codes Served
Food Bank of Contra Costa
(925) 676-7543
Monday thru Thursday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Fridays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday thru Sunday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
94520
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa
(925) 293-4792
Monday thru Friday
11:00 am - 12:45 pm
94553
Richmond Emergency Food Pantry
(510) 235-9732
Tuesdays and Fridays
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
94804

Marin

Organization Distributes Food ON Zip Codes SErved
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
(415) 282-1900
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
94901
Ritter Center
(415) 457-8182
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
10:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
94901
North Marin Community Services
(415) 897-4147
Tuesdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 94947

Santa Clara

Organization Distributes Food On Zip Codes Served
West Valley Community Services
(408) 255-8033
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Call for more info.
Jerry Larson Food Basket - Health Trust
(408) 297-1294
Call for more info. Call for more info.

Are you interested in getting a free supply of food? Select the pantry locator that corresponds with the county in which you reside and enter your zip code. The site will indicate food resources near you.

It is recommended that you call a pantry location beforehand. Most locations will request a person to bring an ID or proof of residency with them on their first visit.

Location Resource
San Francisco and Marin Find Pantries
Alameda Search for Food Today
San Mateo and Santa Clara Get Food
Contra Costa and Solano Find Food In My City
Sonoma Food Finder
Napa Our Food Pantry Network
All of California Find Food Banks

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Below are lists and guides on where you can get a free hot meal in the Bay Area.

Location Resource
San Francisco San Francisco Free Pantry Chart
Alameda List of Free Eats Options in Oakland
San Mateo List of Prepared Meals Program
Contra Costa Food Resource Directory
Marin Community Resource Guide
Santa Clara Free Food Resources