Our primary mission is to provide emergency food and shelter to local residents in need. We assist families in low-income brackets as well as those on fixed-incomes or those who are unemployed or underemployed. Each year, we provide services to thousands of working individuals and families who have a hard time meeting their basic needs in the valley and surrounding areas. Over 70% of our clients we serve are seniors (60+ years old) and children under 18 years of age. As of January 2023, we have moved under Riverside County District 5, and our service areas have changed. The new areas we service are: Hemet, San Jacinto, and the unincorporated areas of: Valle Vista (East Hemet), Lakeview, and Nuevo.
We are open Monday to Wednesday, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, for food distribution, and Friday is for new clients only – 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.
Food distribution varies as donations, funding, and community needs fluctuate. No appointment is needed for food distribution. However, we do require an intake application. If you have questions regarding the intake process or your eligibility to receive assistance, please visit our office, as the pantry phone is for information only.
In addition to food, the Community Pantry receives funds from various grants and agencies. When funds are available we are able to provide emergency shelter and rent assistance, as well as assistance for electricity, gas and water utility bills by appointment only. For more information and requirements please visit our office.