Become a Partner
Are you interested in being part of a movement of change and compassion in San Bernardino County and ready to mobilize the necessary resources to improve the health and well-being of the community?
CAPSBC Food Bank operates with the intent of supporting the needs of the community by having agency partners distribute various food items and donated in-kind products from CAPSBC. CAPSBC’s mission of “Feeding Our Community” is extending through the support efforts of our agency partners showcasing “CAPSBC CARES”. CAPSBC’s Food Bank receives both USDA commodities and surplus food items from various corporations and donors. CAPSBC’s Food Bank allocates these products to local non-profit organizations that are committed to serving individuals and families who need food assistance. We provide all food items to our partners at no cost, hence partners participating in our programs are not allowed to require any monetary exchange from clients to receive this food aid. In commitment to CAPSBC’s Food Bank mission of combating hunger and malnutrition by distributing food to individuals and families in need and advocating for supportive policies and legislation that will eliminate hunger, CAPSBC’s Food Bank strives to form a strong rapport with agency partners.
Please note that all CAPSBC food bank partner organizations must have a current/valid nonprofit status, provide proof of insurance, and exclusively serve low-income individuals and families in San Bernardino County. Please review the following program descriptions prior to submitting your application or request:
• Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)/ USDA
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) provides United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities to a network of food pantries for distribution to eligible individuals and households within their service area. Clients are eligible to receive USDA commodities one time each month without payment or any restriction placed upon the receipt of commodities. Approved non-profit organizations are sub-recipients of the food bank and host a monthly USDA food distribution at their site.
• Community Pantry Program
The Community Pantry Food Program encompasses any food item or product donated in-kind to the food bank program with the intent of supporting the needs of the community. Non-profit organizations are contracted with the food bank to operate a community food distribution. All products are provided to nonprofit organizations and the community at no-cost or fee.
• Congregate Feeding Agency (CFA)/ Soup Kitchen
Congregate feeding sites provide prepared meals in a group setting. This type of meal service allows persons in-need to eat a nutritious meal while enjoying the companionship of friends and other members of the community. The congregate feeding program creates or supports existing soup kitchens throughout San Bernardino County by providing a monthly menu of foods.
• Senior Choice Nutritional Program
Many seniors face barriers related to mobility, technology, income, and social stigma that may prohibit them from seeking or receiving service. The Senior Choice Program is designed to circumvent such barriers to service by working directly with senior centers or low-income senior housing complexes to host healthy food distributions. Foods provided through the program adhere to the CAPSBC Healthy Food Banking and Wellness Policy.
• Campus Cupboard Program
Food insecurity has increasingly become an issue on college and university campuses and can pose a significant barrier to student success or enrollment. Education is a key factor to getting out of poverty and improving students’ prospects after graduation. The Campus Cupboard Program works to alleviate the barriers and challenges associated with food insecurity and hunger, to encourage college and university students to remain in school and achieve their educational goals and degree. CAPSBC seeks to provide support and resources for campus food pantries serving students in the form of food, hygiene products, and other supplies.
• Diaper Bank Program
CAPSBC Food Bank is a designated Diaper Bank in the State of California. Diapers are provided to distribution sites throughout San Bernardino County. Through partner agencies, monthly supplies of diapers are provided to support families with little ones.
All applications and requests will be reviewed. Due to the volume of requests, applications will be considered based upon the geographic area served by the applicant organization and the program of interest. A CAPSBC staff person will contact you should the aforementioned criteria be met. All other applications will be placed on a waiting list and considered as opportunities arise in the area of service. We review all of our applicants with the same process: screening, reviewing the site distribution plan, and checking for similar program service near each site.