Our Programs

Neighborhood Pantries Grocery Distribution
Click here for a list of Emergency Feeding Sites

In partnership with the Merced County Food Bank, a growing network of over 80 organizations host neighborhood distribution programs located at places of worship, community centers and senior centers throughout the County. Distributing free weekly groceries to hundreds of households of low-income families and individuals. Neighborhood grocery pantries provide a critical food safety net for low-income residents not reached by other hunger-relief programs.
Member agencies visit the Merced County Food Bank’s warehouse on a regular basis to select fresh produce, packaged food, frozen food, bread, and dairy or meat items for their clients. This range of choice allows agencies to meet the varied nutritional needs and cultural preferences of the client communities they serve. Member agencies range in size from the County’s largest hot meal kitchens to smaller programs hosted by community centers, religious organizations, senior programs, support programs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs and childcare centers.

Senior Brown Bag Program

The Merced County Food Bank is in it’s fifth year managing and now fully sponsoring the Senior Brown Bag Program. Twenty-One Brown Bag pantry sites throughout the County provide biweekly bags of groceries to thousands of seniors struggling to maintain their health and independence. Allowing our older neighbors to prepare wholesome meals at home, this program ensures that they are not forced to choose between buying food or paying for rent, utilities and medications.

USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a federal program that provides a monthly box of nutritious USDA food to low-income seniors, mothers and children. Operating at 19 sites across the county, this program complements our other food distribution strategies by ensuring that families can get the staples they need for a healthy and complete diet. The Food Bank took over operation of USDA CSFP distribution in June 2004 and currently serves almost 2,000 households every month.

Volunteers Service

Volunteers help us keep the doors open. Volunteer projects at the Merced County Food Bank run five days a week. Hundreds of volunteers provide thousands of hours of service annually. Our volunteers are a reflection of Merced County’s diverse community: individuals ranging in age from students to seniors, and groups that include corporations, schools, families, congregations, alumni associations and civic organizations. Volunteers help with nearly every aspect of the Food Bank’s work and provide the equivalent of dozens of full time employees for the Food Bank each year.
Click here to download Volunteer Form

Food Donors
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 County.

Merced County Food Bank • 2000 W. Olive Ave., Merced, CA 95348 • Mailing - P.O. Box 1822 Winton, CA 95388 • 209 726-3663 • foodbankm@hughes.net

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