Where to find free and low-cost food in the Bay Area

With many people unable to work or losing jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to know how individuals and families can get access to the basics, such as food. If you’re looking for free or low-cost meals for you or someone who needs it, be sure to check out the resources below.

All Counties

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Apply for a free bag of groceries, get placed into a virtual queue, and get notified by email with instructions on how to redeem your bag of groceries if it is funded.

California Association of Food Banks

California Association of Food Banks and its food bank network will continue to work to ensure that our most vulnerable communities have consistent and safe access to nutritious food. Locate a food bank here by entering your zip code under “Find a Food Bank.”

Alameda County

Where to get free and low-cost food during the coronavirus crisis: East Bay

Berkeleyside provides a food resource guide for the East Bay’s vulnerable communities in need, including elderly, immunocompromised and food-insecure individuals, children and families, healthcare and essential food workers.

Marin County

Free Food Pantries in Marin County

SF-Marin Food Bank Pop-up Pantries

Every week, our pantry network distributes fresh, seasonal produce, lean protein, grain, and shelf-stable items to anyone who is struggling to buy food. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have launched pop-up pantries that are open to the public; no need to show ID or sign in to receive groceries every week. Due to the “shelter in place” order, we ask that you only attend one pantry and send one person per household to pick up groceries.

San Francisco County

Where Families Can Get Free Breakfast, Lunch and Supper in San Francisco During School Closures

San Francisco Unified School District Free Meals

City and County of San Francisco
This site provides help for people having trouble getting or affording food during the coronavirus pandemic.

Free Farm Stand

We grow as much food as can in San Francisco and distribute it for free at our Free Farm Stand. This effort revolves mostly around gathering surplus food from neighborhood gardens,  various farmer’s markets, community gardens, public and private fruit trees,  and hosting a space where this bounty can be shared with all. Open Sundays 12-2PM at Parque de los Ninos Unidos – 23rd and Treat/Folsom.

Glide Memorial Church

The Daily Free Meals program has no eligibility requirements. Clients are not required to complete an intake form prior to receiving a meal.

Martin de Porres House of Hospitality

Martin’s is a free restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on Sundays. Its mission is to serve in the spirit of compassion, understanding and love.

San Mateo County

San Mateo County Food Distribution Locations
Flyers in English, Spanish, Chinese

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