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Food Connections Resource Center

Our Food Connections Resource Center is the first stop for many in our community seeking food assistance. In addition to providing you with an emergency food box, we are here to help you navigate and receive information about vital Redwood Empire Food Bank hunger relief programs and food distributions throughout Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties. Our team can also help you navigate the CalFresh application process.

You may also visit our Get Food page to find a site that best fits your needs.

Get Food

Hungry? Food is not far.

We have over 300 distribution sites in the five counties we serve: Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte.

Contact our Food Connections Resource Center to find a distribution site near you, get CalFresh or WIC application assistance, and more.

T: (707) 523-7903
3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa

“The Redwood Empire Food Bank always comes through with bountiful and well-organized distributions.”

—Recipient at a distribution site in Clearlake, CA

CalFresh Application Assistance

CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program which helps individuals and families purchase healthy foods. CalFresh benefits are issued on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card—like an ATM card. You can use your EBT card at most grocery stores, neighborhood stores and farmers’ markets.

Who is Eligible?

Any US Citizen or legal permanent resident, eligible immigration status and living under the income guidelines. It's important to know that they're different exemptions for students, seniors and families.

Students

Some student eligibility includes but is not limited to part-time workers, EOP students, Cal Grant recipients, parents, and students approved for Work-Study.

Seniors & Disabled People

Households that have people who are 60 years or older, or who are disabled have special medical deductions.

Out-of-pocket medical expenses include but are not limited to medical, vision and dental care, insurance premiums and copays, prescription & over-the-counter medication, medical supplies, hearing aids, eye glasses, dentures and prosthetics

Families

If the household is paying for the care of a child, someone who is disabled, or an elderly person, the amount paid for their care can be deducted from their income.

7 Reasons to Apply for CalFresh

Food Connections Resource Center Supervisor, Rigoberto Morales, shares the top 7 reasons those needing food assistance should apply for CalFresh benefits in this blog post.

Get help putting food on the table.

  • What is EBT?

    EBT is the automated system that allows CalFresh and other cash benefit recipients to use a card, much like a debit card, to access their food and other benefits.

  • How do I apply?

    Contact the Food Connections Resource team to get pre-screened, set up an appointment and submit your application to the county.
    You may also click here to apply online yourself.

  • What do I need in order to apply?

    We will need your identification, Social Security numbers, and income verification. Necesitaremos su identificación, números de seguro social, y verificación de ingresos.

Still have questions or unsure if you qualify? Call our Food Connections Resource team to find out! We can walk you through the eligibility requirements and help you apply.

Food Connections Resource Center

Monday – Friday (Lunes – Viernes)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
From Highway 101, take the Airport Blvd. exit.
Desde la autopista 101, tome la salida Airport Blvd. 

(707) 523-7903 | info@refb.org

Thinking about food all the time

“Do you know what it’s like to think about food all the time? Now imagine my babies. They shouldn’t have to feel that pain in their tummy because their mom doesn’t have a job. There is no reason for any child to suffer from hunger. You and your team are helping stop that. If I could hug you I would. You and your team are amazing. Thank you, you are helping out more than you know.”

—Parent at a school site in Santa Rosa, CA

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