Where to get food, financial assistance in Sonoma County during the COVID-19 pandemic
If you or someone you know is in need of help during the pandemic, here is a list of local organizations that are providing food, financial assistance and other resources.
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This story was last updated on March 22, 2021.
Where to get food
Residents of nearly 30 ZIP codes in Sonoma County can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 707-353-6333 to receive a list of local organizations that provide free groceries and meals in their area. After texting the number, residents will be asked to indicate whether they’re in need of meals or groceries and provide their ZIP code.
Gillian Haley, the executive director of Justicewise, partnered with several local organizations in Sonoma County to create the platform.
Santa Rosa City Schools
Santa Rosa City Schools is offering free meals to students at eight rotating locations throughout the city. After filling out an application, anyone ages 18 and under will receive seven breakfasts and seven lunches once per week. For an application or a complete list of times and locations, visit srcschools.org/freemeals.
Meals also are being offered during Spring Break from March 22-25 at five rotating locations:
Monday, March 22
- Elsie Allen High School (599 Bellevue Ave.), 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Park (1671 Hendley St.), 1-2:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 23
- Monroe Elementary (2567 Marlow Road), 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24
- Lincoln Elementary (850 W. 9th St.), 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 25
- Cook Middle School/Cesar Chavez Language Academy (2480 Sebastopol Road), 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Redwood Empire Food Bank
The Redwood Empire Food Bank is providing free food to residents in need without proof of income, Food Connections Manager Maria Fuentes said. Residents can visit the office (3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa) for a box of dry goods or to be directed to a pick-up location. Coronavirus concerns have forced some pickup locations to close and others’ hours to be extended, so visit getfood.refb.org for an updated list. Additional questions can be directed to 707-523-7900.
Meals on Wheels
Run by the Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels delivers meals to seniors’ homes for a small monetary contribution, although no one is turned away for their inability to pay. The Council on Aging also distributes meal packs to seniors at several distribution sites. Residents ages 60 and older must register by 10 a.m. the day before they pick up the meals. The suggested contribution is $4 per meal. For more information, call 707-525-0143 ext. 013.
Corazón Healdsburg (1557 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg) is offering a drive-thru service for Healdsburg residents to receive free food on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Residents do not need to show ID but will be asked to give their name and address. For more information, visit the organization's Facebook page.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa is continuing its free food distribution programs for anyone who needs help feeding their family throughout the pandemic. Go to srcharities.org/get-help/ for a list of days, times and locations. Call 707-528-8712 or go here for additional information.
Salvation Army is providing free food to any resident in need Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon during the pandemic. To receive food, go to the parking lot of the Corps Community Center (93 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa) with a valid ID. Families are limited to picking up groceries once per week. For more information, call 707-542-0981.
Windsor Service Alliance Food Pantry
The Windsor Service Alliance Food Pantry (8987 Windsor Road, Windsor) is doling out free fresh produce and packaged groceries to Windsor residents in two separate drive-thru services. Food distribution for residents age 55 and older is from 2-4 p.m. Sundays, and residents who are younger than 55 may pick up food Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit wsapantry.com or call 707-838-6947 for more information.
Healdsburg Food Pantry
Healdsburg Food Pantry (1505 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg) is providing Healdsburg and Geyserville residents with free groceries on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-4:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. Free meals also are offered Sundays at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (209 W. Matheson St., Healdsburg). Go to healdsburgfoodpantry.org for more information.
Ceres Community Project
Ceres Community Project is providing free or low-cost meals to residents of Sonoma and Marin counties who are facing serious health challenges, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and are unable to purchase or prepare their own. Residents who qualify will receive medically-appropriate meals for up to 24 weeks delivered directly to their home. Visit CeresProject.org for more information, or call 707-829-5833, ext. 201 to apply.