Many of the people who seek our help have been keeping their heads above water until something unexpected happens. Car expenses. Medical bills. Higher gas prices. Reduced hours at work. River City Food Bank helps many people who are “working poor”, as well as people on fixed incomes and those facing serious illnesses.
A family or individual who reports income at or below the poverty line can receive a three-day supply of nutritionally-balanced food up to once a month from our location at 1800 28th St., between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. each weekday. Families with small children also receive non-food items such as diapers, baby food and formula.
Eligibility: Anyone who lives in Sacramento County and reports that they or their dependents are living at or below the federal poverty line. Adults are asked to show photo identification and medical IDs or birth certificates for all dependents.
Fun with Food
River City Food Bank provides monthly “Food for Fun” nutritional classes using common food closet staples in collaboration with Cares Community Health and Sacramento Natural Food Co-Op. The primary goal of both classes is to teach clients how to eat “seasonally” and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diets. Assistance with the food budget also allows clients to meet basic living expenses such as rent, utility bills and transportation costs, helping to avoid a downward economic spiral when bills are unpaid or people are unable to afford transportation to get to work. Nutrition education programs help clients improve food quality (by shopping better) and food resource management (by maximizing healthy meals).
CalFresh helps low-income people purchase the food they need for good health and nutrition. Nationwide the program is known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
River City Food Bank helps households overcome barriers that may prevent an eligible adult or family from applying for much-needed food assistance benefits. The CalFresh Program generates $9.20 in economic activity at area retailers for every $5.00 in CalFresh benefits, in addition to supporting access to healthy foods for needy families.
To learn more about CalFresh, be pre-screened for eligibility and receive one-on-one help with the application:
Visit: River City Food Bank at 1800 28th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 between 11:30-3:00pm or by appointment.
Phone: (916) 233-4075
To help kids grow and have the energy they need for homework and activities, River City Food Bank has created our BackSnacks program!
We fill more than 500 backpacks with nutritious snacks for children who need them. Then, the backpacks are distributed to schools, which send them home with the children every Friday afternoon.