If you are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless in Sonoma County, you can look for help from the following services.
- Food Resources
- Portable Toilet & Handwashing Facilities
- Shower Facilities
- Health Care
- Pet Services
Text FOOD (THIS PROJECT IS STILL IN DEVELOPMENT)
If you have access to a cellphone with texting capability, you can use your cellphone to find available meals and groceries at your location.
- Text the word – FOOD – to xxx-xxx-xxxx
- Wait for a response and follow the prompts
- Enter a location, by city or zip code
- Enter whether you want Meals or Groceries
- The app will return with available locations with date and time for distribution
Go to webpage of Redwood Empire Food Bank for all distribution locations around Sonoma County.
Hot Meals / Bag Meals (Updated 5/8/2020)
If you do not have access to a smartphone, see below for a list of locations that provide meals during the pandemic period.
Catholic Charities – Nightingale
983 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (Map)
Daily, 7:30-8 am, 12-1 pm, 5:30-6 pm
Catholic Charities – Sam Jones Hall
4020 Finley Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 (Map)
Daily 7:30-8 am, 12-1 pm, 5:30-6 pm
Catholic Charities – Family Support Center
465 A St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (Map)
Daily 7:30-8 am, 12-1 pm, 5:30-6 pm
Christian Family Fellowship
1160 Hopper Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (Map)
Sun 9:30-9:45 am
Church of the Incarnation “Open Table”
550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (Map)
Sun 7-8:30 am
First United Methodist Church “Spirit Café”
1551 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 (Map)
Tue 5-6 pm
The Living Room
1207 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (Map)
Mon – Fri 10 am – 1 pm
St Mark Lutheran Church
4325 Mayette Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 (Map)
Every other Sat from May 2, 2020, 9-10 am
St Vincent de Paul Dining Room
610 Wilson St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (Map)
Daily 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (Map)
Sat 7 am
SAY – Social Advocate for Youth
1243 Ripley St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (Map)
Daily 9 am-9 pm
(Youth under 25 only)
VOICES Youth Center
714 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (Map)
Tue, Wed & Fri 12-4 pm, Thu 12-1 pm
(Youth 16-24-year-olds only)
Sebastopol Christian Church
7433 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (Map)
Mon & Thu 8-11 am
Cloverdale Senior Center
311 N Main St, Cloverdale, CA 95425 (Map)
Call for details (707) 894-4826
1557 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (Map)
Tue 11 am-1 pm
Healdsburg Shared Ministries – at St Paul’s Episcopal Church
109 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (Map)
Sun 4 pm
Burlingame Hall (Sonoma Overnight Support)
252 West Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476 (Map)
Mon-Fri 9 am-1 pm
COTS Mary Isaak Center
900 Hopper St, Petaluma, CA 94952 (Map)
Daily 7:30-9 am, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Petaluma Senior Café
211 Novak Dr, Petaluma, CA 94954 (Map)
Mon-Fri 1-2 pm
Salvation Army Petaluma
721 S McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954 (Map)
Tue 1:30-3 pm
Text FOOD is an automated system that sends location specific information about where to get food to those who needs it.
Why was Text FOOD created?
Text FOOD (TF) is created because more people than ever are experiencing hunger due to the pandemic while Sonoma County’s non-profits and faith-based organizations that serve food are stretched too thin.
- For food providers, TF’s automated system shares your food service information directly with people who need food as well as case managers, emergency teams, and others. Everyone can access your organization’s current information without any time or effort required on your part.
- For people who urgently need food and the people who support them, TF means having accurate, current information at your fingertips.
- For our community, TF reveals gaps in food availability so we can work collaboratively to fill the gaps and meet the need.
Who is offering Text FOOD?
Text FOOD is an initiative of Sonoma Intersections System of Care, an offshoot of Sonoma Intersections Coalition* (SIC). The System of Care focuses on human rights equity for unhoused and low-income neighbors by building infrastructure to support county-wide coordination among service providers who offer the means to make choices that lead to good health. The choice to eat is a right that everyone should have.
What does Text FOOD do?
Text FOOD’s collaborative technology uses a three-part system to send city or zip code specific information about where to get food directly to the people who need food.
- Part 1 is a Food Distribution Database – The database stores current information about food provider services and the Text FOOD system pulls information from the database to send text messages.
- Part 2 is a Text Message Platform – Homeless residents and others can use their cellphones to text the word “Food” to the system phone number and get an immediate response with the exact information they need. The system requires no human input.
- Part 3 is an Automatic Update Process – Food providers can keep their food database information current via an email enquiry or phone call that can be completed in 3-minutes or less.
How is Text FOOD funded?
The initiative is funded by Sonoma Intersections Coalition for a six-month period. After that, additional funding will be secured to sustain the program when the pilot is deemed successful. Rebuild North Bay is providing funding to duplicate Text FOOD in Spanish.
When will Text FOOD be ready to use?
The system can be ready for public use 1-2 weeks after the food database for a city is complete. Currently Sonoma, Windsor, Healdsburg, and Cloverdale are ready. We expect to advertise the Text FOOD phone number in these cities by the second week of May.
Who created Text FOOD?
Gillian Haley, Executive Director of Justicewise is spearheading the initiative. Several other individuals and organization partners have donated in-kind hours including:
- Daniel Weinzveg, consultant and SIC Coordinator
- Grace Cheung-Schulman, homeless advocate
- St Joseph Health Community Investments
- Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights
- La Luz
* The SIC is a cross-sector network of leaders from local healthcare, government, nonprofit, and funding agencies whose work focuses on housing equity as a way to create social and physical environments that promote good health of all of our communities.
Visit www.sonomaintersections.org to learn more about SIC’s housing equity work.