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 families, veterans, single mothers, domestic violence victims and homeless individuals and families in the valley and surrounding areas.
We are open Monday thru Thursday – 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Food distribution varies as donations, funding and community needs fluctuate. No appointment is needed for food distribution. If you have questions regarding the process or your eligibility to receive assistance, please visit our office.
Emergency Shelter, Rent and Utility Assistance
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.
Disaster Relief Services
The Hemet-San Jacinto Community Pantry maintains an ongoing collaboration with the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto as a part of their emergency and disaster plan. In the event of a disaster, our staff and resources are available to provide vital food distribution services to our community.
Emergency Food Assistance: Qualified residents can receive a 3-day supply of food for each member of the residence. Included in the package are canned and packaged staple foods, as well as fresh meats, vegetables and bakery items when available.
Emergency Shelter: Rental Assistance (1 month) or Motel Assistance (Up to 30 days) when qualified and when funds are available.
Utility Assistance: Qualified clients can receive Edison (EAF) and So Cal Gas (GAF) up to $100.00 pledges once per year. There may be other utility assistance when grants and other private donations are available.
“Water of Life” Program: (Started in 2012) We can pay up to $250.00 for water bill assistance for qualified families. This allows a family from becoming homeless or to prevent children from being removed from the home due to what the law considers uninhabitable living conditions.
Senior Homebound Delivery: (Started in 2013) This is a program which delivers food, once approved, to home bound seniors in the valley.
Project “Warmth”: (Started is 2012) We provide warm clothing to the homeless in this valley every winter which is supported by The Soboba Foundation. These items consist of Blankets, Beanies, Gloves, Socks, Rain Ponchos, and Plastic Tarps.
Operation “Fridge”: (Started in late 2013) The pantry has partnered with Riverside County EDA and Fair Housing to deliver donated refrigerators to homeless vets who have just received permanent housing within Riverside County.
Suds & Duds: A program which provides weekly laundromat services for homeless in the community. Participants are given laundry soap and tokens for their use at a local facility.
Homeless Assistance: Homeless living on the street are allowed to come in to the pantry every month and receive food and a hygiene kit. We also will assist those who need replacements ID’s.
Holiday Baskets: During the holiday season, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the pantry provides holiday food baskets to those families who qualify and are eligible every other year.
Christmas Toys: When available, the pantry provides Christmas toys for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old.