Food Insecurity in San Mateo County


Many San Mateo families and children were food insecure prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic – and this number has only grown with the increased job loss and housing insecurity.

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Samaritan House – 4031 Pacific Blvd​, S​an Mateo, CA 94403 (650)341-4081
Food Pantry – Must complete a registration form and meet with a case manager. Food is then available once a week per family Monday through Friday, 9 am-12 pm or 1 pm-4 pm.

Samaritan House Dining Room​ – Masonic Lodge, 303 Tilton Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401; Grab and go meals ready for pick up in the parking lot.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 4:00-6:30 pm. All are welcomed.

Samaritan House Weekend Lunch To Go​ – 4031 Pacific Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403; Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 pm (lunch to go). All are welcomed.

CALL Primrose​ – 139 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010
Food Pantry: Food, diapers and formula available for pick up, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-2:45 pm.

Second Harvest Food Bank – To find free groceries from Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Call 1-800-984-3663, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. You can also text them at “GETFOOD” to 1-408-455-5181.

Bay Area Farmers Markets – Check their site for Open markets & COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Map of Free Meals Across the Bay Area – A group of Stanford students used data science to partner with local school districts, nonprofits and newsrooms to create a digital map with detailed information where school children can access free meals during school closures.

Faith in Action Bay Area ​is doing outreach through their F​acebook page​, their hotline (1-203-666-4472), and launching the Belonging Emergency Response Fund. Phone: 650-592-9181