Subprograms and Information


The CalFood Program allocates funding to TEFAP food banks for the purchase, storage, and transportation of food grown and produced in California.

California Food Bank Capacity Program

The California Food Bank Capacity Program has been established for Fiscal Year 2018-19 within the CDSS to provide grants for emergency food provider capacity development to Providers and Eligible Entities. The grants shall provide one-time capacity needs of the emergency food delivery system, including, but not limited to: capital investments needed to support the collection, storage, distribution, and other systems required to adequately serve the food insecurity needs of California.
Food Bank Capacity Cash Advance Form
Food Bank Capacity Award Letter and Allocation
Food Bank Capacity RFA Addendum 1
Food Bank Capacity RFA Webinar PowerPoint
Food Bank Capacity Program 2nd Announcement
Food Bank Capacity Program Initial Announcement

Diaper Bank Program

The Diaper Bank Program allocates funding to four agencies (Central California Food Bank, Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and Help a Mother Out) to provide diapers to low-income families with infants or toddlers.
Diaper Bank Program Claiming Instructions
Diaper Bank Program Allocation Letter

Emergency Food for Families Fund (Tax Check-off)

Chapter 18, Statues of 1998 (Assembly Bill 2366), established a voluntary contribution check-off on the State income tax form to benefit the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The funds are intended for the purchase of additional food, and must be from an outside vendor other than the food bank, for TEFAP and not to be used to replace food or funds.

Contact Us

Food Distribution Unit
744 P Street MS 19-51
Sacramento, CA 95814  
(916) 229-3344