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Central California Food Bank


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Central California Food Bank

Central California Food Bank is the Fresno, California region's largest nonprofit organization focused solely on ending hunger. Our mission is to fight hunger by gathering and distributing food, engaging in partnerships that advance self-sufficiency, and providing community leadership on issues related to hunger. Through these efforts, we envision a hunger-free Central California.

Through our comprehensive hunger-relief programs and services, Central California Food Bank provides food to more than 280,000 people each month, including nearly 100,000 children throughout Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings, and Kern Counties.

Direct services include our Neighborhood Market and Mobile Pantry fresh produce programs, children's BackPack program which supplies students with a backpack of food every Friday to take home over the weekend and during the summer, School Pantry program, CalFresh (SNAP) Outreach, and USDA Emergency Food Assistance program.

Through our partner Pantry Program, we collaborate with and provide food to more than 220 partner food pantries administered by other local nonprofit organizations and schools. Our partner organizations include community centers, K-12 schools and higher education institutions, faith-based organizations, senior centers, and more.

Central California Food Bank began in 1992 as Food Opportunities Organization & Distribution (FOOD), Inc. A small group of men and women were dedicated to seeing that people in the city of Fresno did not go hungry, so they started gathering and storing food in a rented corner of a small warehouse at the Fresno Fairgrounds. Twenty-five years later, the organization has grown exponentially, expanding to serve five counties and becoming the largest hunger-relief organization in the region. In our community, we are known for reducing hunger, making healthy food more accessible to people in low-income and rural neighborhoods, and advocating for hunger-relief on a regional and national level.

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Central California Food Bank

Please direct inquiries to Alicia Linares at (559) 237-3663 Ext. 1131 or You may learn more about us by visiting