We serve over100,000 residentseach year in Monterey County.

From Hunger to Health

The Foodbank for Monterey County is working to end hunger and transform the health of our community through good nutrition. We are the largest, most comprehensive provider of emergency supplemental food in our community.

For the past 30 years we have been on the frontlines of fighting hunger and addressing vital nutritional needs in our community. Our mission is to end hunger in Monterey County and we will not rest until we achieve this goal. Our vision is to move from being one of the hungriest to the healthiest counties in all of California.

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From Ashes to Food Bank Innovation

The only time our food distribution services have ever been interrupted service was in the wake of a devastating arson incident in 2015 that destroyed our entire delivery fleet, caused significant damage to our loading dock and facility, and forced us to dispose of our entire food supply. Despite this, we marshaled all available resources, including an unprecedented outpouring of community support, and were able to resume limited distributions within only two days and return to full operational capacity shortly thereafter.

Since then, with the generous support of our donors, we have completely reimagined our role in the community. We designed and built an entirely new distribution and nutrition education facility in Salinas with extensive cold-storage capacity, which ensures that we can accommodate millions of pounds of fresh produce from our local agriculture partners. We also completely rebuilt our fleet of trucks and expanded the scale and reach of our emergency food programs to reach all 3700 square miles of Monterey County.

1 in 4 peoplein Monterey County are hungry.

Our Programs

These programs include a Senior Produce Market, Youth Family Market, Farmworker Mobile Produce Pantry, Breast Cancer Patient Food Assistance Program, and Kids N.O.W. (Nutrition On Weekends) in addition to our three main large-scale food distribution programs, continue to grow as we modify and expand them to meet the ever-increasing need and the specific concerns of our most vulnerable populations-seniors, farmworkers, and children. To learn more about our programs and our educational and advocacy efforts, please click here:

What We Do

Our Staff

Our small, but ever resourceful Food Bank staff is 100 percent committed to helping people in Monterey County get the food they need, no matter what we face – COVID-19 pandemic, wild-fires, earthquakes, rolling blackouts, or widespread unemployment. They are designing and implementing innovative education programs to address key health issues such as Type 2 diabetes, which are at historic highs among children and Latino communities. We help our most vulnerable residents get access to nutritious food and teach them how to make healthy, low-cost food a consistent part of their everyday lives, improving the long-term health, well-being, and security of children and families across our community.

We work with food donors, financial supporters and volunteers to fill unmet needs across Monterey County. This commitment from private, government and charitable partners has allowed us to distribute more than 15 million pounds of food to our community last year.

We run on your support.100% of your gift stays local to help our most vulnerable communities through this emergency.
Please help us help our neighbors.

Make your online tax-deductible donation now. It’s quick, easy and secure. The Food Bank’s federal tax identification number is 77-027-0228. We are a registered 501(c)(3), which means that we are not a government, religious, political or advocacy organization.