What does the Food Bank for Monterey County do?

The Food Bank for Monterey County is the largest provider of emergency supplemental food in Monterey County. Our mission is “to lead community efforts in the awareness and elimination of hunger in Monterey County.” The Food Bank solicits, collects, stores, and redistributes food to individuals as well as nonprofit agencies that serve the aged, ill and needy.

The Food Bank for Monterey County is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks. Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the United States.

How does the Food Bank help those who are hungry in Monterey County?

We collect, store, and distribute food through our two countywide direct distribution programs, the Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Family Market; and the Agency Clearinghouse, a network of approximately 90 nonprofit agencies that rely on the Food Bank as their primary food resource.

How does the Food Bank acquire food?

Food is sourced from manufacturers, retailers, distributors, grocers, growers, processors, the food industry, USDA, Feeding America and from community food drives, such as the holiday food drive and the postal food drive.

Who funds the Food Bank for Monterey County?

The majority of our funding comes from individuals, businesses and foundations. We raise money through grants, special events and direct mail appeals.

Why should I support the Food Bank?

By giving to the Food Bank for Monterey County, you are helping the area’s most disadvantaged children, families and seniors with a basic human need – food.

In a nation as rich as ours, it is inconceivable that anyone should go hungry. In what is sometimes referred to as “the Salad Bowl of the World,” over 27% of children under age 18 live in poverty.

The working poor are the backbone of many local businesses and significantly contribute to Monterey County’s productivity and prosperity. They live in households where typically at least one adult works, but struggles to pay for rent, utilities, health care and food. Many go home after a long, hard day of work and often find themselves unable to meet this most basic need of their families. Your donation will support our efforts to alleviate hunger in Monterey County only. To read more about the Food Bank for Monterey County, click here.

Mission and Values

Our Mission

Our mission is “to lead community efforts in the awareness and elimination of hunger in Monterey County.”

Statement of Values and Code of Ethics

In carrying out its mission, the Food Bank for Monterey County is committed to standards of performance represented by the following values in which we believe:

Integrity: We will be open and honest in all relationships, dealings and transactions. We will strive to earn and convey trust through openness and honesty.

Stewardship of Resources: We will keep faith with the public trust through the efficient and compassionate use of resources entrusted to us. We will strive to be mindful that the mission is accomplished through the generosity of others.

Accountability: We will set clear standards for the benchmark against which to measure competence, efficiency, and effectiveness of mission. We will embrace a twofold responsibility through accountability: first, for policy, decisions and actions; and second, for complete, accurate and clear record keeping to report information.

Service: We will commit to provide excellent service. We will continually strive to study, understand and meet the changing needs with competence and compassion.


The Food Bank for Monterey County began as a program of the Alliance On Aging in 1983 with its primary program, the Senior Brown Bag Program, to serve low-income senior citizens. In 1990, The Food Bank incorporated and became an autonomous nonprofit organization, relocating to the current warehouse facility in 1992. Currently the Food Bank is the largest supplier of emergency supplemental food in Monterey County.

Click here for proof of nonprofit (501 (c) 3) status.

Click here to view Articles of Incorporation.

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What’s in a Name? Feeding America

As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, Feeding America recognizes there has never been a more important time to engage the public in the issue of hunger. Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and thrive.

Network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Feeding America serves the entire United States through more than 200 member food banks that address hunger in all of its forms. The Food Bank for Monterey County is a certified Feeding America member food bank.