The following programs serve people who need food:
Food Connection helps people in need of food find resources in their neighborhood. Multilingual staff members provide referrals and application assistance to local food assistance programs in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Call 1-800-984-3663 Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Text "Web Connect" to 1-408-455-5181.
Our Partner Agencies program provides food to over 320 non-profit agencies (PDF) in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Our partner agencies serve a culturally diverse range of populations and include soup kitchens; pantries; rehabilitation centers; shelters for individuals, families, and victims of domestic violence; schools; senior centers; youth programs; and more.
The Food Bank provides food to these agencies, and our partners can focus their time and resources on their areas of expertise. To strengthen the community and develop a safety net of food services, we also provide our partners with cold storage units, shelving, and other resources that allow them to serve more food to more people in their neighborhoods.
Children's Nutrition provides children who are at risk of chronic hunger with the food they need to grow up healthy. Kids NOW (Nutrition on Weekends) provides an assortment of healthy, ready-to-eat food each Friday for children and their families.
Family Harvest provides supplemental, nutritious food every month to low-income families with dependents under age 26. Volunteers help distribute food.
Brown Bag, a program for seniors and run by seniors, provides low-income seniors (age 60 and above) and disabled individuals (age 55 and above) with healthy groceries twice a month. In addition, volunteers also deliver food to homebound Brown Bag members.
Produce Mobile delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income individuals each month to improve health and nutrition in underserved communities.
CalFresh Outreach conducted alongside the Santa Clara and San Mateo County Social Services Agencies assists applicants to the CalFresh program. Applications are taken by Food Connection staff by phone and in the community. The program provides an EBT card (which works like a debit card) so low-income households can purchase food at grocery stores and farmers' markets.
Nutrition Education is provided to clients through cooking demos, recipe cards, nutrition classes, and food safety training.
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