• Program Director:
    Erik Kintzel (e-mail)

Click on the following food schedules to find a distribution in your area:

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Volunteers distribute fresh produce to clients year round.

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The Demonstration Garden offers a hands-on approach to health and nutrition education.


Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services provides a 5-day supply of emergency groceries to families in need, three days per week. In an effort to better move families toward self-sufficiency, grocery items such as fresh vegetables and fruit, grains and dairy are distributed instead of hot meals. 150,000 individuals receive an abundance of fresh groceries every month. Our quality groceries come from a variety of sources including donations from local grocery stores, organic farmers and the community.

In order for our clients to feel empowered to use the goods they receive, food is distributed in a respectful and dignified manner. Set up like an open-air, farmers' market, individuals and families are invited to see the produce, enjoy samples, take suggested recipe, gather health and nutrition resources and ask questions about the items they are receiving. As with all of our programs, all goods and services are provided at no cost.

In an effort to combat many of the health ailments facing families in our community, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services partners with agencies to distribute health and nutrition information such as managing diabetes and combating obesity.

Check out how much our Food Program has grown in the past 5 years alone!

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Demonstration Garden

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services started teaching workshops in our Demonstration Garden in May 2012. Gardening classes include introduction to gardening, composting, pest management, irrigation, healthy food choices and more. The Demonstration Garden includes a greenhouse, composting and vermicomposting bins, large production beds along with other demonstration areas. Future plans for the garden include an outdoor kitchen table where clients can learn to prepare food they cultivate and harvest. 

Garden Classes for 2015 have begun! Check out the July/August calendar to find class dates and times.



This program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy CalFresh Color Eng 001and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy food at many markets, food stores and some farmers’ markets. It takes less than 5 minutes to see if you may qualify and 30 minutes for an appointment. For additional information on CalFresh and to set up an application appointment please call (916) 456-1980, extension 7675 or check out this flyer.


Agency Relations

Agency Relations is committed to provide our partner agencies with guidance, resources and training to support them on their road to creating an effective emergency food distribution program. Helpful tools for partner agencies:

Agency Relations

Non-USDA Distributions

USDA Distributions

One-Time Food Donation Request

* Sacramento residents in need of emergency food may receive
   groceries once per calendar month at any one of SFBFS' food
* Please bring proof of address, photo identification and a cart with you.