Mission: To distribute food to alleviate hunger, provide emergency food services during a natural disaster, and conduct educational awareness programs relating to hunger issues in monterey county.
Programs: Food bank agency clearinghouse - this is a network of approximately 124 monterey county non-profit agencies that rely on the food bank as their primary food resource to provide food assistance that serve the elderly, chronically ill, homeless, unemployed, and working poor. The agencies served 51,470 households with 1,825,000 pounds of food.
emergency food assistance program (efap) - this program distributes usda food commodities at 44 sites throughout monterey county on a monthly basis to families in need. On average, this one program alone serves 8,500 households per month, with a total of 2. 6 million pounds of food annually.
family market - this is the food bank's direct food distribution program and operates like a farmer's market. Food distributed consists of fresh, locally grown produce and other produce from the state of california. It is to help with the growing health concerns among the population served, specifically diabetes and obesity. There are now a total of 10 sites countywide that each serve between 200-400 people with each household receiving approximately 50-100 pounds of food.