As Sacramento’s oldest, continuously-serving food bank, our mission is to alleviate hunger in Sacramento County by providing healthy emergency food and other assistance, offering referrals and promoting self-sufficiency through a variety of programs. From seniors to children, from the homeless to the working poor, we assist all struggling individuals and families in Sacramento County.
Many of the people who seek our help have been keeping their heads above water until something unexpected happens. River City Food Bank helps many people who are “working poor,” as well as people on fixed incomes and those facing serious illnesses
Eligible clients receive a three-day supply of nutritionally-balanced food up to once a month. Families with small children also receive non-food items such as diapers, baby food and formula.
River City Food Bank provides monthly nutritional cooking classes using common food closet staples in collaboration with Cares Community Health and Sacramento Natural Food Co-Op.
River City Food Bank helps households overcome barriers that may prevent an eligible adult or family from applying for much-needed food assistance benefits.
Many students go hungry on weekends and during the summer when school is out and subsidized breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable or not convenient. We fill more than 500 backpacks with nutritious snacks for children who need them.
Most Important Meal
The Most Important Meal pilot program provides low income seniors with a weekly bag of healthy and nutritious breakfast foods to see if regular, healthy breakfasts can improve or stabilize the health of seniors at risk of hunger.
Support Our Work
In 2015, we helped feed 82,726 clients.
Who We Serve
One in four children in Sacramento County are now living in poverty. Almost half of the people in the County who are food insecure have children under 18 living in the home.A third of the meals distributed by River City Food Bank goes to support their nutritional needs.
Many of those who come to us are people who have teetered on the line between middle class and poverty. They face the terrible choice of keeping a roof over their family’s head and the utilities on, or having enough healthy food on the table by the end of the month.