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.
Monterey ranks among the worst of California’s 58 counties in food insecurity, child poverty and incidence of Type 2 diabetes. The Food Bank for Monterey County provides free, easily accessible, fresh produce for struggling locals who are high risk for hunger and chronic illnesses caused by insufficient nutrition, particularly children, seniors, veterans, homeless persons and farmworkers. In addition to their countywide free farmers markets, the Food Bank also operates Farmworkers Mobile Produce Pantry, which delivers fresh produce directly to field workers where they are—in the fields—at the end of the work day, as well as senior and youth markets that deliver healthy food to senior centers and school programs, respectively.
I had a heart attack but struggled to eat healthfully on a fixed income. The Food Bank always has produce—it is truly lifesaving.