OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
River City Food Bank has a strong history of overcoming challenges and today is no different. In the wake of COVID-19, we have postponed our only major fundraiser and completely revamped our emergency food distribution to serve our community in this uncertain time.
RCFB is considered an essential operation and remains open during the current “Shelter in Place” in Sacramento County. RCFB has modified our hours of operation to better serve the community, while also following guidelines to ensure the safety of all guests, volunteers and staff.
New Hours of Operation
(1800 28th. St. Sacramento, CA 95816)
Tuesday: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Wednesday: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Thursday: 10:30am – 1:30pm
(2300 Edison Ave. St. Sacramento, CA 95821)
Friday: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Ways to Help
Monetary Donations – A gift in any amount will provide much needed food, resources and support to operate RCFB’s emergency food distributions.
Updates to Our Daily Operations
Modified Food Distribution
- Prepackaging boxes of healthy food items to distribute;
- Serving outside to provide a safe distance for guests, volunteers and staff;
- Limiting the number of volunteers in the building at a time;
- Serving only two households at a time at a safe distance; and
- Measuring and marking the distribution area to show guests where they can stand to follow the recommendations for social distancing.
Food Drives: Temporarily Suspended
There are so many generous people who want to support us through a food drive and we love the thought; however, we politely ask that you hold off for now.
Items from food drives have been touched by you, your family members, your co-workers, grocery store stockers, cashiers, and many more. In addition, we want you to stay safely in your homes and not risk exposure by dropping off items at our site.
If you wish to contribute, please consider a monetary gift of any value. RCFB is able to make each dollar stretch and your generous contributions will support more people in need as a result.
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
- Emergency Food Response Agencies: www.sacramentofoodbank.org/emergency-response-agencies
- For additional resources, call 211
Yes, RCFB is still open and distributing food.
RCFB is following guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to keep all guests, volunteers and staff members safe. This includes disinfecting surfaces, washing and sanitizing hands, wearing gloves, modifying the food distribution process, measuring and marking the recommended 6 -foot distance for visitors, practicing social distancing and limiting the number of volunteers in the building at any given time. RCFB provides gloves to all volunteers and masks upon availability. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own masks if possible.
RCFB takes pride in offering a unique “Choice Model” food distribution, which allows all guests to select the foods that make the most sense for their families. However, in light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, RCFB has had to temporarily remove the choice model in order to continue serving the community, while adhering to safety protocols. For the time being, all food items will be prepacked in bags/boxes and distributed outside in the food bank’s parking lot.
To better assist seniors facing hunger without increasing their risk of COVID-19 exposure, RCFB partnered with Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (SFBFS). SFBFS will be delivering Senior Boxes temporarily to those who have utilized the program between January 1, 2020 and March 27, 2020. These individuals will be contacted directly by SFBFS with information on how they will receive their boxes going forward.
Yes, we are still in need of volunteers to assist in packing bags/boxes for the Emergency Food Distribution sites in both Midtown and Arden-Arcade. However, RCFB is currently limiting the number of volunteers per day to reduce contamination and exposure of COVID-19. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Program and Operations Manager, Jena Robinson, at to be placed on the schedule or “on call” list.
RCFB is so grateful for the generosity of the community and typically relies heavily on in-kind donations of food and non-food items to reduce program costs. However, as more information is collected on COVID-19 and its ability to survive on surfaces, RCFB has felt it best to temporarily suspend food drives and food donations. Please kindly consider a monetary donation that will allow staff to purchase needed food items at a wholesale price and stretch those dollars further. You can make a donation here.