Community Food Distributions

The Imperial Valley Food Bank distributes food throughout the Imperial Valley in two main ways: by providing food to agencies and churches that distribute food for their neighbors and by hosting Mobile Food Pantries each month in areas of the Valley where there are not partner agencies.

The food we distribute is gathered from many sources. The principle source is the USDA Commodity program known as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). We also rescue food from local farms, grocery stores, local distribution facilities, from food drives and whenever possible, we purchase food to fill the gaps in our food supply.

Need food assistance?

If you would like to sign up for our monthly food assistance program, you will need to register in-person at the Imperial Valley Food Bank located at 486 West Aten Road in Imperial, CA. Your monthly household income should reflect, but not exceed those outlined in TEFAP income guidelines. In order to receive your own OASIS food distribution ID card, you will also need to bring required documentation as outlined below:

You will need to bring these documents with you to receive your OASIS food distribution ID card:
  • Valid I.D. with Date of Birth

  • Proof you live at an Imperial County address (i.e. electric, gas, phone or water bill)

    - Individuals who are renting a space within a home may bring in a letter from your landlord stating you live at the property.

After signing up, a Food Counselor will let you know when and where your food distribution site will be each month based on where you live or work. If you would like to make an appointment to get registered or have any questions about the sign-up process, please call the IV Food Bank at 760-370-0966.