Our Programs

During the pandemic, River City Food Bank (RCFB) is committed to providing healthy food to our community when they need us most. To do this, we have completely revamped the way we distribute food and provide CalFresh assistance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Though RCFB has moved to pre-packaged food, outside distributions and virtual CalFresh appointments, we maintain a low-barrier in-take process and continue to provide food to anyone in Sacramento County needing our help.

On average, RCFB is serving a record 4,500 people per week and close to 20,000 people per month through our emergency food distributions. This is an increase in service of 30% as a result of COVID-19. Many of our guests are families coming to the food bank for the very first time and we anticipate the need growing as businesses and schools remain closed.

To reduce the risk of exposure for donors, volunteers and staff, food donations are temporarily suspended. For more information on our response to COVID-19, click here.


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.

Cooking Classes

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.

CalFresh Outreach

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 living at Park Place Senior Living with a weekly bag of healthy and nutritious breakfast foods in an effort to improve or stabilize the health of seniors at risk of hunger.

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In 2019, we helped feed 205,341 guests.