Ways We Serve

Community Partner Program

We partner with over 250 local nonprofit organizations who operate food pantries, soup kitchens, and hunger-relief programs throughout Riverside and San Bernardino County neighborhoods. Quality control is practiced on all donations to ensure food safety and compliance standards are in place to protect people facing hunger. We provide training opportunities, limited deliveries, and limited cash and in-kind grants to further support our community partners in their efforts to strengthen and expand their local hunger relief efforts.

Grocery Rescue

With our goal to feed more people and less landfills, we work with local donors and retail partners to help provide a portion of our partner organizations get the food they need. Grocery Rescue entails direct food pick-ups from neighborhood grocery stores and helping community partners secure more food faster for their clients at no cost. This exclusive program also helps grocery retailers benefit from reduced disposal costs and donation tax advantages while supporting their local hunger fighting programs.

Mobile Pantry

Serving predominantly rural areas, the Mobile Pantry program delivers food to underserved neighborhoods that have a high incidence of poverty and lack consistent access to full-service grocery stores or other sources of fresh, healthy food.

 

If would like to learn more about a specific food distribution site listed, please contact the location directly.

Food RX

The link between hunger and health have become increasingly apparent. As a result, we have developed strategic partnerships with local healthcare providers to collect data and distribute food to improve the health of our community.

 

Together, we have built on-site food pantries, food security screenings, nutrition education, and nutritious food for patients. Food RX brings nutrient-rich groceries to food-insecure patients directly at discharge or at the end of an appointment – at no cost.

Grab n' Go For Kids

The Grab N’ Go Program, formerly known as Kids Markets, helps alleviate child hunger in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties by providing nutritious, healthy food to low-income students and their families. Distributions are currently set up like a drive-through at school sites. We provide and facilitate food deliveries to participating school districts to ensure numerous school sites can benefit from each district’s partnership. Grab N’ Go sites are consistently in the same locations at each campus and have routine distribution schedules.

Military Veteran Program

The Inland Empire is home to several military bases and thousands of currently serving and retired service members. In partnership with local military organizations, we serve and support family members of active-duty military and veteran households facing food insecurity through our Military Veteran Program (MVP). Most MVP sites receive a FARSB food delivery every month, ensuring regular access to high-quality food commodities. Delivered items have included shelf stable boxes, holiday meal kits, turkeys, and grocery gift cards.

Homebound Emergency Relief Outreach (HERO)

For thousands of homebound residents in the Inland Empire, a monthly knock on the door comes with more than just smiles from a neighborhood volunteer, it brings healthy nutritious food in a little brown box (and so much more)! Every food delivery made through HERO benefits a household whose residents are home-bound. Deliveries include a balance of nutritious foods, shelf-stable goods, and other essential items as they become available. Since its March 2020 launch, the HERO program has assisted over 8,000 food-insecure homes in the Inland Empire.

Nutrition Markets

The mission of the Nutrition Market is to help alleviate hunger in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties through the provision of food to at-risk families directly through community health clinics. The Nutrition Market is located on the grounds of partner’s health clinic location intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income families.

If would like to learn more about a specific food distribution site listed, please contact the location directly.

CalFresh

CalFresh is a federal nutrition program designed to move clients towards self-sufficiency. It is more commonly known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps. Our CalFresh team provides application assistance for eligible community members. On average, the FARSB team submits over 1,000 applications every year on behalf of Riverside and San Bernardino County residents, ensuring families receive needed EBT cards to supplement costs for nutrition dense foods.

College Pantry Program

Pursuing post-secondary education can be challenging when you’re having to choose between purchasing books and groceries. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted regular famer’s market style food distributions at local colleges and universities. College students and their families attending community college, four-year universities, and continuing education could take home healthy, nutritious food at no cost to them on a regular schedule. As schools implement in-person instruction, we intend to be a continue source of food on campus.

The Goodness in Food

This seasonal program introduces fruits and vegetables to elementary-aged youth through fun-interactive lesson plans every week for 4 weeks.  Following a recurring schedule, kids will get the opportunity to socialize with others their age and learn about healthy eating and simple gardening. Students grow a seasonal produce item, take home recipes, and learn the sustainable benefits of growing items on their own. Lessons take place at our distribution center in Riverside and are 45 to 60 minutes.

USDA Temporary Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Through the program, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases healthy foods – fruits, vegetables, and other staples – from U.S. farmers, growers, and producers. We partner with other states and counties to connect families and individuals in need with that food. Counties design their TEFAP programs to meet local needs so programs vary from one county to another depending on size, location and the specific needs of the people they serve.