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Food Bank for Monterey County


Our mission is “to lead community efforts in the awareness and elimination of hunger in Monterey County” by providing food that assuages hunger and addresses nutritional concerns.

The Big Idea

The Food Bank for Monterey County provides free fresh produce and other food staples to those who are struggling. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Food Bank has been hit extra hard with thousands of children, seniors, and newly laid-off workers now turning to them for help who have never needed help with food before. At the same time, many of the usual 500 volunteers have not been able to continue helping in person due to shelter-in-place. That means meeting greater need with reduced help. Pre-pandemic, Monterey County already ranked highest among all 58 counties in California in hunger, Type 2 diabetes and child poverty, and had more homeless students than San Francisco and San Jose combined. Funds will go toward helping the food bank meet the continuing need.

I was laid off from my 2 jobs and my children can no longer get food at school. Without the Food Bank, we’d go hungry.

- Elisa C.

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.