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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.

Food Aid

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 identification (with a birth date) for all dependents.

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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.  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).

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CalFresh Outreach

CalFresh is the new name for California’s Food Stamp Program, a federal food assistance program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

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

Click here for more information on CalFresh

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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.

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.

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Most Important Meal (M.I.M.)


Seniors, 55 years and older, are the fastest growing demographic group at River City  Food Bank.  Low income, disabilities and transportation barriers complicate their access to healthy food.  The Most Important Meal pilot program provides low income seniors with a weekly bag of healthy and nutritious breakfast foods.  The goal of the pilot is to gather health data before and after the program to see if regular, healthy breakfasts can improve or stabilize the health of seniors at risk of hunger.  This pilot program is made possible through grant funding from Sierra Health Foundation, Teichert Foundation, PASCO Foundation, The Safeway Foundation, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, and Ray Stone Senior Living.

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Community Partners


Hours & Location

Our hours for food distribution are:
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Physical Address:
1800 28th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 160204
Sacramento, CA 95816

Tax ID: 91-1851398