Due to high demand, we are starting to require registration at some of our Pop-up pantries, but many Pop-up pantries don’t require registration. Check our website for site-specific details.
What do I need to bring?
For Pop-up pantries that don’t need registration, there is no need to bring anything to receive groceries. Lines can be long before the distribution starts, please wear layers and bring sun protection, as all our Pop-up pantries are outdoors. For Pop-up pantry sites that require registration, please bring an ID and proof of address on enrollment day. Once enrolled at the pantry, you simply bring your pantry card each week to participate.
Will immigration status be checked at the pantries?
No. All are welcome at our pantries regardless of immigration status.
It looks like some of the pop-ups have been removed from your website. Why?
Due to high demand, we are starting to enroll participants at specific pop-up pantries. Pop-up pantries that require registration and are currently at capacity are no longer listed on our website.
How kind of food will I get?
The selection of items at the pantry will vary according to availability, but our distributions usually include an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, a protein item (eggs, frozen chicken, or frozen pork), rice, and a grain like rice. Sometimes juice, milk, spices and other shelf stable items are also available.
How much food will I get?
Our average portion is about 25 lbs. of food per household. If you are arriving on foot, we recommend bringing a cart. At our Drive-thru pantries, the distribution is larger.
Why do some pantries provide more food than others?
At our walk-up pantries we need to be conscious of how much food participants are able to carry on foot, so, unfortunately, we are not able to provide the same portions we provide at drive-thru distributions.
How many pantries can I attend each week?
We know that this is a difficult time for so many of our neighbors and we ask that you attend only one pantry per week to ensure there is enough food for everyone else in need.
Can I get extra food based on the number of people who live in my household?
Unfortunately, we are only able to provide one equal portion per all household sizes.
Can I have someone else pick up my food for me?
If you are registered at a pop-up food pantry, you can ask someone pickup your portion using your pantry card.
How long will these Pop-up pantries be open?
We will continue to offer Pop-up pantries until partners are able to re-open their pantries.
What if this time or location doesn’t work for me anymore?
We have multiple Pop-up pantries each day. To find an option that works for you, please call 211 or visit our Find Food Page.
I have additional questions. Who can I call?
You may contact our team at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank at 415-820-1699.