Food Assistance


Call 211

211 provides information and support to people who need food and other services.

Dial “211” 24 hours a day.

Emergency Food Assistance Program

Food Distribution Calendar

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) is the largest supplemental food program the Food Bank operates. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food commodities are distributed at 26 sites throughout Monterey County via tailgate distribution on a monthly basis.

On average through this program, we serve 8,500 households per month, with a total of 2.6 million pounds of food annually.

Income Guidelines

To qualify to receive USDA food, families or individuals must certify that
they live in the area served by the distribution and have incomes at or below these guidelines:

EFAP Maximum Income
Household Size Monthly Household Income Annual Household Income
1 $1,507.50 $18,090
2 $2,030.00 $24,360
3 $2,552.50 $30,630
4 $3,075.00 $36,900
5 $3,597.50 $43,170
6 $4,120.00 $49,440
7 $4,642.50 $55,710
8 $5,165.00 $61,980
9 $5,687.50 $68,250
10 $6,210.00 $74,520
Over 10 add $522.50 each add $6,270

Download the EFA-15 Alternate Pickup Form (English).

Download the EFA-15 Alternate Pick-up Form (Spanish).

The Family Market

The Family Market Program, which runs from April  through October, provides fresh produce and dairy goods to our service population. It operates like a Farmers’ Market, but without charge. Families self-select food they like and need; there are no pre-packed bags. Each Market serves between 200 – 400 people; each household receives approximately 50 -100 pounds of food. A recent survey of our Family Market clients revealed that 98% of recipients said that they ate more fruit and vegetables because of this program.

There are now 10 sites sites countywide. The Family Market provides an ideal venue to receive information on nutrition, Food Stamps and other health and human services programs available to low-income Monterey County residents.

Food distributed consists of fresh locally grown produce such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, celery, leeks, lettuce, Portobello mushrooms, scallions and strawberries.

We also distribute fruit and vegetables from all over the state, including potatoes, onions, avocados and various stone fruit. This food is available through a program called Farm to Family, sponsored by the California Association of Food Banks and designed to facilitate produce distribution to the 40+ food banks within the state.