Food insecurity is defined as "being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food." The astronomical costs of a college education increased the number of students that are food insecure. The AS Food Pantry was implemented to address the food inaccessibility at CSUMB. Through this service, we are able to provide students with a bag of nutritious, non-perishable food.
For more information and support with food insecurity, including CalFresh application assistance, please contact Artemas Dowell.
Visit the Food Bank for Monterey County
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) is the largest supplemental food program the Food Bank operates. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food commodities are distributed at 26 sites throughout Monterey County via tailgate distribution on a monthly basis.
To qualify to receive USDA food, families or individuals must certify that they live in the area served by the distribution and have incomes at or below these guidelines:
|Household Size||Monthly Household Income||Annual Household Income|
|Over 10||add $877.33 each||add $10,528 each|
Volunteer with the Food Bank for Monterey County
At the Food Bank for Monterey County, volunteers are indispensable in their efforts to provide food assistance. Every year, volunteers donate more than 40,000 hours of labor. This gift of time and effort saves them dollars that can be used for programs.
This support enabled them to distribute 7 million pounds of food. Volunteer today!
- Warehouse Distribution
- Saturday Food Sorts
- Events & Fundraising
- Office Assistance
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program Distribution
- The Family Market Distribution
- Board of Directors & Committees
Donate to the Food Bank for Monterey County
The Food Bank for Monterey County accepts non-perishable food items year-round.
Food Drop-Off Location
The Food Bank for Monterey County
353 West Rossi Street, Salinas, CA 93907
Please call Cathie Montero at the Food Bank at 831-758-1523, or email for a location in your neighborhood.
Make a credit card donation by calling 831-758-1523. Visa/MasterCard/American Express are accepted.
Make a secure online donation using your credit card.
Make your check payable to:
Food Bank for Monterey County
and mail it to: 353 West Rossi Street, Salinas CA 93907
For more information, please contact the Food Bank for Monterey County at 831-758-1523, or visit their website. You can also dial '211' 24 hours a day, for information and support for those who need food and other services.