Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Shelter Resources

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American Red Cross of the Bay Area
Provides emergency housing, food, clothing, and financial assistance for disaster victims. The ARC also provides free disaster classes and classes on CPR and First Aid. Services are free. Some classes have a fee.

Concord (925) 603-7400
West County (925) 307-4400

Bay Area Rescue Mission
Provides basic and special need services for homeless persons, including temporary housing, food, clothes, furniture and household goods. Adult and teen programs, outreach groups, tutoring, senior group, mothers’ club and more. Services are free.

Richmond (510) 215-4868 or (510) 215-4555

Bay Area Crisis Nursery
A residential care facility that provides a temporary home for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers of parents who are temporarily unable to cope during a time of stress. Provides food, clothing, and loving care for a minimum of 24 hours up to a maximum of 3 weeks if needed. Parents can visit their child during the day. Fees: None.

Concord (925) 685-8052

Brookside Shelter, Richmond, CA- CALL 211
Are you homeless?  Need a place to get back on your feet?  Support services are provided to ILSP youth in employment, education and housing. Let the staff know if you are an ILSP youth.

Concord Community Church
Food Pantry is open for walk-in clients Monday – Wednesday 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon and 1:00PM – 3:30PM Thursday 12:00 Noon – 3:30 PM Friday 9:00AM – 12:00 Noon It is open for residents of Central Contra Costa County. They offer non-perishable food, along with fresh items, like meat, milk and produce when available. Eligible clients can come every 60 days. All you need is an ID for you and your family members , a piece of mail showing name and address for each adult (18+), and verification of any income you receive.

Contra Costa County Crisis Center
24 hour crisis line. Call for crisis or distress information and referral, grief counseling. Services are free. Spanish services available.

Homeless Hotline 1(800) 808-6444
Runaway Hotline 1(800) 718-4357
Crisis Hotline 1(800) 833-2900
Grief Hotline 1(800) 837-1818

Contra Costa Housing Authority
Administers public housing. Applicants are added to a waiting list; no applications taken during the first five working days of the month. Services are free.

Antioch (925) 757-2925
Concord (925) 687-8791
Martinez (925) 372-0791
North Richmond (510) 232-8492
Oakley (925) 625-2245
Pittsburg (925) 432-3523
Rodeo (510) 799-4476

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties– Pantries and Soup Kitchens 
To find services near you, please contact the Food Bank at 1-855-309-3663 (FOOD) for help and information

Friends Outside in Contra Costa County
Provides assistance to ex-offenders and their families and families of persons in jail. Emergency food, clothing, and crisis intervention services available. Services are free.

Martinez (925) 228-0644
Richmond (925) 262-4336

Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP)
Souper Center offers noontime lunch 7 days per week, 11:30-12:45p.m. Free clothing 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. West County Resource Center offers showers, laundry, phone, case management, mailing address, job and housing assistance to homeless individuals and families. 30 bed emergency family shelter from mid-November to April 1st. Parenting classes for winter shelter guests. Services are free.

165 22nd St.
(510) 236-7386

Hillcrest Congregational Church Emergency Food Pantry and Clothing Closet
Provides food boxes to low-income residents in area served containing a three day supply of food. Box can include produce, fruit, meat and/or eggs. Will try to accommodate special diets, infant needs and homeless persons without cooking facilities. Services are free.A 3 day supply of food is given which includes meat, margarine, canned goods, cereal, bread, peanut butter, rice, pasta and other staples as available.

OPEN: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 a.m.-11:45
You may call ahead 925-686-3663 or just walk-in

Pleasant Hill (925) 689-8260

LIHEAP- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
LIHEAP stands for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This program assists those who qualify with the cost of their PG&E with funds that are provided by the State and Federal Governments.

To obtain an application for CCC you may call 925-646-5756 and leave your name, address, and phone number on the voicemail. An application will be sent to you by mail. Or you may go by the LIHEAP office at 2425 Bisso Lane, Suite 120, Concord, CA, 94520.

Delta Community Services
Information and referral regarding human services, community information, and emergency services in East Contra Costa County. Spanish services available.

Antioch, Bay Point, Pittsburg (925) 439-8000
Brentwood (925) 634-8275

Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen
Provides a noon meal for those in need at three different locations in Contra Costa County. Churches and community groups assume responsibility for preparing and serving a meal one day each month. Services are free.

Concord (925) 682-7212
Martinez (925) 228-1784
Pittsburg (925) 439-8354

Northern California Family Center
Free placement for homeless/runaway youth. Mediation and counseling for families of runaway youth. Recruit and train foster families for runaways. Individual, couple and family therapy; Divorce and separation counseling. Sliding scale fee. Private insurance and Contra Coasta Health Plan accepted. Spanish services available.

Martinez (925) 370-1990

Richmond Emergency Food Pantry
Low income household may apply to receive food at the Pantry between the hours of 10am and 1pm on Tuesdays or Fridays. It is necessary to bring and ID for each member of the household and declare the monthly household income. Once approved, households may pick up food one time per month any Tuesday or Friday between 11am and 3pm.

2369 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Salvation Army
Provides clothing and assistance in obtaining basic needs. PG&E Reach Program, to prevent the turn off of utilities is available for Central County residents, as well as counseling and religious services. Services are free. Also provides food baskets with items that do not require cooking for homeless persons once every 30 days in Antioch and Concord. In addition, provides clothing vouchers on a limited basis for emergencies and makes referrals to other agencies.

Concord (925) 676-6180
Danville (925) 855-1130
East County (925) 778-0808
West County (510) 262-0500

Assistance in providing shelter for Contra Costa County residents: homelessness prevention for families, landlord-tenant advice, housing discrimination, and REACH PLUS program. Pittsburg Family Center and Mountain View House provide transitional housing for women and children, with classes in computers and life skills (including parenting), case management,  and counseling services. Rent is 30% of eligible income. Sliding scale and free services available.

Concord (925) 338-1038 for Rental and Deposit Assistance
East County (925) 778-0298
South County (925) 803-0188

St. Vincent De Paul Society
Assists homeless persons with basic necessities including temporary housing, food, clothes, furniture and household items. Services are free.

St. Vincent de Paul partners with Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa County to provide a free, hot, nutritious meal every weekday at our Family Resource Center in Pittsburg.

1415 Simpson Court Pittsburg, CA (925) 439-5063

Sweet Beginnings
Sweet Beginnings Women’s Resource Center is committed to providing quality support services to women in our community who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or need assistance in parenting children from infancy to age 3. We are committed to ending infant abandonment and child abuse by providing education, support, resources, housing resources, referrals to medical care and adoption services when needed.

2095 Pacheco St., Unit B, Concord, CA (925) 408-7820

Victim Witness Assistance Programs
Provides court assistance and support for victims and witnesses to violent crimes. Reimbursement of medical claims to the State. Referrals to emergency food, clothing and shelter. Crisis intervention and counseling. Services are free.
Martinez (925) 957-8650
Richmond (510) 646-2565

WIC (Women, Infants, Children) Program
WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program that helps pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children under 5 years old to eat healthy foods and live a healthy, active life. Call for days and times.

Concord-2355 Stanwell Circle, Concord, CA (925) 646-5370
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Shares a lobby with a county vaccination clinic. Stanwell Circle is off of Stanwell Drive, just north of Concord Avenue. There is also a food bank produce truck that distributes food out front at 3 pm on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, except special holiday schedules.

Pittsburg-2311 Loveridge Rd., Pittsburg, CA (925) 431-2460
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Languages available: English and Spanish.

Richmond-39th and Bissell, Richmond, CA (510) 231-8600
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Languages available: English, Spanish, Laotian, Tagalog, Igbo and Arabic.

Brentwood-171 Sand Creek Rd, Suite A, Brentwood, CA (925) 513-6880
Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays. Also open two Mondays per month (varies) 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Languages available: English & Spanish.