Community Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Fresno, California whose sole purpose is to reduce hunger in Central California. Our mission is to fight hunger by gathering and distributing food, engaging in partnerships that advance self-sufficiency, and by providing community leadership on issues related to hunger. We serve approximately 280,000 people each month, including nearly 100,000 children throughout Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings, and Kern Counties. Through these efforts, we envision a hunger-free Central Valley.
Community Food Bank began in 1992 with a small group of men and women who were dedicated to seeing that people in their community did not go hungry. They started gathering and storing food in a small warehouse at the Fresno Fairgrounds. Twenty-five years later, the organization has grown exponentially, providing 40 million pounds of food to families, children, and seniors last year. An astounding 21 million pounds of all food distributed consisted of fresh fruits and vegetables.
We provide food to people in need through our direct service programs as well as a Pantry Program operated in collaboration with more than 220 partner orgranizations. Our direct services include a children’s BackPack program providing 700 elementary school children a backpack of food every Friday; Neighborhood Market and Mobile Pantry fresh produce distributions; CalFresh Outreach program which assists families in applying for federal food assistance; and USDA Emergency Food Assistance program which distributes shelf-stable goods throughout Fresno County.