Our Food Pantry is our largest program that serves over 30,000 individuals every year throughout Merced County. Our clientele struggle with food insecurity and food hardship due to a number of challenges. Seasonal and unstable employment along with generational poverty forces our families to choose among survival costs – food, shelter, utilities or medical care. Only 11% of those visiting Catholic Charities in Merced are homeless which means that 89% are families in search of help needed to put food on the table at home.
The Catholic Charities Food Pantry is open Mon-Friday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm (closed from 12 pm – 1:00 pm for lunch) and is located at 336 W. Main Street, Merced, CA 95340. Through this program, clients are able to receive meal boxes which consist of canned vegetables, pasta, rice, beans, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, protein and more. It’s enough nutritional food to sustain a family for approximately one week.
Donations from the community are greatly appreciated and very much needed to supplement our Food Pantry. Items needed on a daily basis are canned goods, rice, beans, pasta, tomato sauce, tuna, peanut butter, cereal, and soup.
If you’re interested in holding a food drive or sponsoring our pantry for a day, please contact us at (209) 383-2494.