The Food Bank for Monterey County is the largest and most comprehensive provider of emergency supplemental food and a key proponent of anti-hunger education and advocacy in our community.
For over 25 years, the Food Bank has been at the frontlines of fighting hunger and addressing nutritional needs in our community and we are committed to our mission “to lead community efforts in the awareness and elimination of hunger in Monterey County.” The only time we have ever interrupted service was in the wake of a devastating arson 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 within a relatively short time. Since then, we have resumed program expansions and the creation of new ones that were delayed due to the arson, as we were forced to divert all funds toward recovery efforts.
These programs, which 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 on the links below.