Food Insecurity Resources

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. 

Last updated: March 2024


USF Food Pantry LinkTree 

The USF Food Pantry LinkTree has resources that students can use to help secure sustainable food sources. 


CalFresh at USF 

For more information about CalFresh, how to apply as a college student, and how you as a USF student can receive money for groceries every month, check out this presentation or come to a bi-weekly CalFresh Workshop put on by the Food Pantry team. Need help with your application? Schedule a support appointment here


Too Good to Go 

TooGoodtoGo is an app that connects you with local restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores that are selling their unpurchased items for 1/3 of the price. Use the app to explore stores and restaurants in your local area and save surprise bags of surplus food from going to waste at a great price.


Imperfect Foods

Imperfect Foods is a low-cost option to buy fruits and vegetables for 30-50% less than the grocery store. They source 'ugly' fruits and vegetables that usually go to waste on farms. These fruits and veggies taste the exact same on the inside but look a little 'wonky' on the outside. Customers can choose which fruits and vegetables they would like in their box each weeks and have it delivered to them. Get started here


Farmer's Market Finder

Search farmer's markets in your area (by zip code) and check which accept EBT and other food assistance programs here!

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
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

Additionally, the San Francisco Human Services Agency has compiled this resource to help residents access free food. 



Organization Distributes Food on Zip Codes Served
Alameda County Community Food Bank
(510) 635-3663
Fridays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 94621
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
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa
(925) 293-4792
Monday thru Friday
11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Richmond Emergency Food Pantry
(510) 235-9732
Tuesdays and Fridays
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


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