Food Insecurity

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Food Assistance Programs in Modesto, Turlock, and Merced

*ID, Proof of Income, and/or Proof of Residence needed at most. 


Second Baptist Church
Address: 529 B California Ave. Modesto, CA 95351
Phone: (209) 529-5493
Every Thursday from 9am-1pm. Only open to individuals who live in Modesto with a zip code ending in 54, 51, 58. Picture ID, proof of income, and letter with address required.

Modesto Central S.D.A.
Address: 700 16th Street Modesto, CA 95354
one : (209) 521-6460
Groceries available on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm. Picture ID and proof of income. If you don’t have proof of income that is ok and can fill out a form there.

The Father’s House
Address: 346 Burney Street Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: (209) 214-1575
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 6:30am to 8:30am. Would like photo ID, but not required.

Davis Park Church of Christ
Address: 901 W. Rumble Rd. Modesto, CA 95350
Phone: (209) 522-7226
The church has a food pantry where they offer groceries to those in need. It is open to the public Monday and Friday at 10-10:30am & again at 1:30-2pm.

Christ Unity Baptist Church
Address: 1320 L Street Modesto, CA 95351
Phone: (209) 577-9112
Every first and third Saturday of the month the church is open form 9:00am to 11:30pm to offer a hot meal and fresh clothing to those in need.

Carpenters House
Address: 120 Kerr Ave Modesto, CA 95351
Phone: (209) 526-1971
Compassion Ministries, held every Saturday at our church, provide food and clothing for hundreds of families in our community from 10am to 12pm.

Nineveh Outreach
Address: 1601 Coffee Rd Modesto, CA 95355
Phone: (209) 529-7346
The Care Center Food Pantry is an on-campus service where people of all backgrounds and walks of life may come to receive groceries.  In addition to packaged foods, dairy products, fresh produce and paper products are also made available. Families are to provide a photo ID, proof of income and proof of residence in order to participate.  This application process is one time per year and families may come every week to receive.

Our food pantry is open year round on Thursdays from 8:30am to 9:30am. Registration is from 8:30A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

First Southern Baptist Church Of Ceres
Address: 2813 E Don Pedro Road Ceres, California 95307
Phone: (209) 538-0833
The church offers free hot or cold meals, groceries, perishable items, and emergency food boxes to needy in the community. Clothing and items like baby formula may be available too.

Care Ministry, Calvary Temple Worship Center
Address: 1601 Coffee Road Modesto, CA 95355
Phone: (209) 529-7346
The center can provide information on social services, monetary assistance, free food, and other places for the disadvantaged and less fortunate to turn to for assistance. Apply for programs like CalFresh food stamps, or energy bill assistance such as LIHEAP.

Inter-Faith Ministries - The Care Center
Address: 120 Kerr Avenue Modesto, California 95354
Phone: (209) 572-3117
Speak to a representative about food assistance programs.

God Always Provides Pantry - The Well Community Fellowship Church of Modesto
Address: 2500 Claus Road, Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: (209) 551-4463
The charity is only open 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 10 am to 1 pm.
Grocery Distribution for clients is on Sundays 10 am – 1 pm. The charity operates as a Walk-In service, for income-qualified households. Note that household information and income verification is required in Stanislaus County.

Seventh Day Adventist Church
Address: 1614 H Street Modesto, CA 95354 
Phone: (209) 521-6460

Big Valley Grace Community Church
Address is 4040 Tully Rd Modesto, CA 95356
Phone: (209) 577-1604
Volunteers pass out groceries, fresh fruits, and vegetables.

United Pentecostal Church
Address: 825 7th Street Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: (209) 522-5365
Every 4th Thursday of the month from 10am-12pm.

Victory in Praise
Address: 720 G Street Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: (209) 678-3971
Every 4th Saturday of the month from 10am to 12pm. ID and proof of income needed.

St. Vincent de Paul – St. Joseph’s
Address: 1813 Oakdale Road Modesto, CA 95355
Phone: (209) 551-4973
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12pm.

The Well Community Fellowship
Address: 2500 Claus Road Modesto, CA 95355
Phone: (209) 551-4463
Every Sunday from 8am to 1pm. Income and ID needed.


Harvest Christian Center
Address: 1000 E. Monte Vista Turlock, CA 95380
Phone: (209) 667-5683
Groceries at Columbia Park on the 4th Saturday of the month (March-November) between 10-11:30am.

Enclave Community Church
Address: 581 E. Canal Drive Turlock, CA 95380
Phone: (209) 667-5996
2nd and last Tuesday of the month from 1:30pm to 3pm. Photo ID, proof of income, and proof of residence needed.

New Hope Community Church
Address: 3446 Golden State Turlock, CA 95380
Phone: (209) 667-4093
Every 4th Saturday of the month from 10am to 12pm.

New Life Christian Center
Address: 2918 W. Tuolumne Turlock, CA 95380
Phone: (209) 667- 5433
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2pm. ID and proof of income needed.

Salvation Army Turlock Corps Community Center, Grocery Assistance Program
Address: 893 Lander Avenue Turlock, California 95380
Phone: (209) 669-5366
They offer low cost or free food, meals, perishable items, and other aid to Stanislaus County residents. Also on site is a thrift store, clothing, help for bills and rent, and other forms of financial assistance and support for the needy and low income. The Salvation Army is always a great place to call for a wide variety of food and financial assistance programs. Also, meals for Christmas or Thanksgiving may be distributed, as well as gifts for children.

Tything Place Emergency Food Bank
Address: 800 Wayside Drive Turlock, CA 95380
Phone: (209) 634-9941
Groceries, hot meals, and boxes of food are passed out to families in a crisis.

United Samaritans/Daily Bread
Address: 220 S Broadway Turlock, CA 95380
Phone: (209) 668-4853
Daily Bread Mobile Food Truck – The Daily Bread Ministry is a program designed to provide lunch for those who might not otherwise have a lunch. The lunch is offered as “one lunch per person” for those who come to the truck. If there is a person with a physical disability that prohibits them from coming to the truck, we will make a home visit to determine eligibility and someone else may be assigned to pick up their lunch. Two trucks from this location service the Turlock area and the Keyes/Ceres area.

Clothes Closet: Open Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, or by appointment and staffed by volunteers. Clothing is available free of charge for those in need. For more information call 668-4853

Emergency Food Boxes: A three-day food supply is available on the last Tuesday and Friday of each month between 9:00 am to 12:00 noon for Turlock and surrounding area residents. To qualify, you must provide proof of residency, picture ID and income verification. A Social Security or medical card must be provided for each member of the household. Eligible residents can receive an emergency food box every other month. For more information, please call 668-4853.

Homeless Services: Laundry facilities – Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 11:00 am;
showers – Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 11:00 am; telephone number for messages; and a mailing address.


Atwater Church of Christ
Address: 181 E. Broadway Atwater, CA 95301
Phone: (209) 381-6430
Provides a small pantry from which only one food box is given to any individual who needs assistance.
Open Monday thru Thursday 8 am to 10 pm; Friday 8 am to 3 pm.

Harvest Time (Located at Calvary Assembly of God)
Address: 1021 R. Street Merced, CA 95341
Phone: (209) 723-2395
Distributes food boxes on the 3rd and 4th Thursday of each month 8:30 am – 10:00 am (January thru October); only on the 3rd Thursday in November and December from 8:30 am – 10:00 am.

Love INC of Greater Merced
Address: 1920 Canal Street Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 383-1265
Open Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. 
Food assistance, used furniture and appliances, personal care items, blankets, infant & toddler supplies, transportation to medical appointments, holiday assistance, back-to-school supplies, financial planning, spiritual guidance, prayer, mentoring, life skills workshops, and referrals to other agencies and organizations.

Atwater United Methodist Church
Address: 2550 Linden Atwater, CA 95301
Phone: (209) 358-6172
Open Monday thru Friday 8 am to 5 pm (excludes holidays and lunch from 12 pm to 1 pm)
Emergency services such as food, through referral of Love Inc. Religious activities.

Merced County Food Bank
Address: 2000 W. Olive Ave Merced, CA 95348
Phone: (209) 726-3663
Open Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed from 12 pm to 1 pm for lunch.

Merced County Rescue Mission
Address: 1921 Canal Street Merced, CA 95340
Phone:  (209) 722-9269
Open Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Provides meals, homeless shelter, showers, bible studies, religious activities and clothing.

Second Baptist Church
Address: 501 Q Street Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 723-4701
Second Baptist Church provides free hot lunches between the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, the church provides a clothes rack for individuals who need assistance in this area.