Charitable Food Distribution

Please read the latest guidance on non-profit charitable feeding operations and registration requirements.

Non-profit Charitable Feeding Operations Handout - FAQ-Public​

As many in the community seek to participate in efforts aimed at assisting those experiencing homelessness, the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department often receives inquiries regarding charitable foodservice for the homeless. Read the Guidance for Safe Food​ Distribution flyer​ for more information.

Please note that experts in the field of ending homelessness call attention to some of the inadvertent issues associated with public feedings and other "give-aways" that are not coordinated through an established charitable foodservice organization:

  • Public Feedings are typically not regulated, and can lead to substantial public health risks to those being fed and can often create unsanitary conditions in public places
  • They separate critical services from food; this can be a disincentive to visit organizations that provide services that can end homelessness

To help people experiencing homelessness, please see the resources listed below. This is not an exhaustive list and was compiled for information only:

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