to the Merced
County Food Bank
Merced County Food Bank is a private non-profit
organization that grew out of community collaboration
to feed the hungry in Merced County.
The Merced County Food Bank is the hub of nonprofit
food collection and distribution in the County,
supplying the bulk of the food that many local agencies
need to serve those living in poverty. We partner
with our member agencies to provide food to programs
in underserved neighborhoods through grocery pantries,
senior centers, school lunches, daycare centers
and hot meal kitchens.
Food is distributed to people in need at neighborhood
food pantries, school lunch and afterschool programs,
and hot meal kitchens throughout Merced County.
The Food Bank is in partnership with over 80 area
pantries and manages 22 USDA Commodities food distribution
sites. In addition, the Food Bank is in the fifth
year of administering the Senior Brown Bag Program
providing food to very low-income seniors.
The Merced County Food Bank transports donated food
to our warehouse for packing, sorting and distribution.
Our clients come to the Food Bank and shop for food
that their clients will use. A shared maintenance
fee helps pay for the warehouse utilities, facilities
upkeep and transportation costs.
We couldn’t do all that we do without our
Volunteers. Our Volunteers sort, repack and shelve
donations at the warehouse for our agency partners.
Each year, hundreds of volunteers donate thousands
of hours of their time. Thank You again and again
to all of our Volunteers. You’re the best.
We live on monetary donations. Individuals and companies
who donate are our lifeline.
We feed the thousands of Merced County people in
need by effectively leveraging your donations by
buying in bulk, at discounts and trading with other
food banks and food suppliers.
The Merced County Food Bank
establishes partnerships with growers, canneries,
packers, retailers, wholesalers and other food banks
to access to the food we need. We encourage donations
of food that is healthy and safe to eat. Most of our
many food donation partners are located in Merced