Free surplus food for low-income households is distributed at various Morongo Basin locations. This is a regular monthly event, “generally” on the THIRD MONDAY of EACH MONTH unless otherwise notified. January & February are generally on the SECOND MONDAY.
The list of 8 LOCATIONS below displays the name of the facility, address, zip code, time of the event and a link to our “FreeFood Map” showing a local map of the facility’s location.  All hours are in the morning - “a.m.” Click on the map for a larger printable version.

1. Church of the Lighted Cross – Morongo Valley
      11518 Elbow Lane Morongo Valley CA 92256  8 to 10



2. Belfield Hall – Landers
      58390 Reche Road Landers CA 92885   8:30 to 10:30



3. Community Center – Yucca Valley
      Community Center Park YV CA 92284   8:30 to 10:30



4. Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation - Copper Mt. area
      65336 Winter Road Joshua Tree CA 92252    9 to 11


5. Community Center – Joshua Tree 
      6171 Sunburst Street, Joshua Tree, CA 92252    9 to 11



6. Sunset Village Apartments – Joshua Tree
      6036 Sunset Road  Joshua Tree 92252    9:30 to 11:30



7. Fire Dept. Wonder Valley
      80526 Amboy Rd, 29-Palms, CA 92277  10:30 to 11:30 



8. Little Church of the Desert
      6079 Adobe Road 29-Palms CA 92277    10 to 12 noon  


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Clicking on the MAP next to each facility location address above will provide you with a LARGER printable local street map showing the location of the facility (including the address) where Free Surplus Food may be obtained by qualified persons in need.
Phone numbers
Free Food Give-Away phone numbers are not available since each facility is operated by varying volunteers.
Qualifications for Free Surplus Food:
Proof of income (such as annual Social Security income statement, unemployment, disability or other document) a photo I.D. (drivers license or other) and proof of current local address such as a recent electric, gas bill with YOUR name on it, but water bills are not acceptable. IF you rent, and pay these utilities directly to the landlord as part of your rent payment, you will need a copy of the utility bill AND a sworn statement from the landlord that you are the current renter of that address, or a copy of your Rental Agreement. Other “proof”, in a variety of ways, including self-certification, is available on a form available at each give-away site. Recipients are requested to bring their own box, paper or other carry bags. Clean empty boxes and appropriate grocery bag donations are appreciated.
Non-perishable, commercially canned or pre packaged dry goods may be accepted at these events.  Frozen and unlabeled foods may not be accepted due to health safety concerns.
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County Food Bank serves over 50,000 persons each month with the help of more than 156 affiliate agencies, churches, schools, soup kitchens and senior centers. The food is provided through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food commodities, surplus food from supermarkets, and by food drives sponsored by local businesses, schools, groups and clubs. For more information, call 1-909-723-1580 or look into the SBCO Food Bank web site.


About Bill Ford, Founder

Born in the late 30s - you do the math. Lots of life experiences in numerous endevors but not an expert in any that I know of. I'm a fan of challenging projects. When I'm told it can't be done I go ahead and do it anyway. This web site is one of 'em. How long will this web site last? Hard to say. Depends on how long I live. Film at Eleven. --bf
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6 Responses to FREE SURPLUS FOOD GIVE-AWAY “Monday”

  1. Lester says:

    Cool advice! I have been seeking something similar to this for a long time now. Thanks for the tips!

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    • Well, Ms Rumbolt…… without additional details of where you live (San Francisco, New York, Tijuana Baja Mexico) I’m at a loss to suggest where you might fulfil your “I need free food.” I can suggest, however, you consider attending one of the several Morongo Basin locations on the third Monday of the month… if you qualify, you can get a “box” of free food. –BF

  3. nancy says:

    I am a 33 mother/wife of 5 children. We both work but there never seems to be enough food. Most nights I feed my family and my husband and I go hungry. Most school days my kids eat breakfast and lunch at school now that they are on break Im worried. Not to remind you that it is close to Christmas, we have no tree yet and few things we might call gifts. My 13 yr old son just hung stockings while I was at work. How do I tell him there might not be anything in them Christmas morning. If anyone knows where I can get help I live in San Bernardino..Thank You :-)

    • Greetings Ms Nancy

      Our area here in the Morongo Basin 40 miles north of Palm Springs may not be suitable for your needs given the distance from San Bernardino city. However, you might wish to check with the following resources in your location:

      San Bernardino County Food Bank
      Provides food for low-income residents throughout San Bernardino County through government surplus commodity distributions and salvage food agencies.

      678 South Tippecanoe Ave
      San Bernardino, CA 92415
      Phone: (909) 891-3863

      Also, you might check with any of the following faith-based outreach facilities in San Bernardino

      Arrowhead Vista Apartments
      24317 E. 4th Street
      San Bernardino, CA 92410

      Boy’s & Girl’s Club
      1180 W. 9th Street
      San Bernardino, California 92411

      Cajon High School
      1200 Hill Drive
      San Bernardino, CA 92407

      Central City Lutheran Mission
      1354 N. G St.
      San Bernardino, Ca. 92405
      one of the leading food pantries in the San Bernardino region.

      Delmann Heights Community Center
      2969 N. Flores Street
      San Bernardino, CA 92405
      Phone number – (909) 384-5417

      Faith, Inc.
      1944 W. 17th Street
      San Bernardino, CA 92411

      First Presbyterian Church
      1900 N. “D” Street
      San Bernardino, CA 92405

      Frazee Community Center
      1140 W. Mill Street
      San Bernardino, CA 92410
      (909) 889-4424

      Greater Cornerstone Church
      1604 N. “G” Street
      San Bernardino, California 92411
      (909) 881-1909

      Holy Land C.O.G.I.C.
      1024 N. “G” Street
      San Bernardino, CA 92410
      (909) 381-2662

      Lincoln Elementary
      255 W. 13th Street
      San Bernardino, California 92405

      Lighthouse for the Blind
      762 N. Sierra Way
      San Bernardino, CA 92410

      Maranatha I Mission (G)(R)(B)
      1323 Belleview
      San Bernardino, CA 92410

      Mary’s Mercy Center, Inc.
      641 Roberts Ave.
      San Bernardino, Ca 92411
      (909) 889-2558

      Mission Possible, Inc.
      254 S. Mt. Vernon Ave.
      San Bernardino, California 92410
      (562) 619-5600

      New Seasons Church
      1606 W. 11th Street
      San Bernardino, CA 92411
      Church phone number – (619) 463-0725

      Option House
      P.O. Box 970
      San Bernardino,Ca 92404

      Our Lady of Hope Catholic Community, Inc.
      6885 Del Rosa Street
      San Bernardino, CA 92404
      The church has two locations in the county. The second food pantry location is below. Call the one nearest to you.

      Our Lady of Hope Catholic Community, Inc.
      1000 N. Valencia
      San Bernardino, Ca 92410

      PAL Center
      2450 Blake Ave.
      San Bernardino, California 92401
      (909) 887-7002

      Prayer Mission
      1525 N. “D” Street
      San Bernardino, CA 92411

      Priscilla’s Helping Hands
      1318 Date Street
      San Bernardino, CA 92413-0455
      (909) 881-2800

      Roosevelt Elementary
      1554 N. Garner
      San Bernardino, CA 92411

      Rudy Hernandez Community Center
      222 N. Lugo Street
      San Bernardino, California 92408

      Salvation Army
      746 W. 5th Street
      San Bernardino, CA 92410

      Salvation Army Adult Rehab. Center
      Address of the center is 363 Doolittle Road
      San Bernardino, CA 92408

      San Bernardino Adult Education/ Orchid Court Adult with Disabilities
      307 S. Arrowhead
      San Bernardino, California 92408

      San Bernardino High School
      2299 N G St.
      San Bernardino, Ca 92405
      Dial – (909) 881-8217

      Saint Stephen Church
      2219 W. 3rd Ave
      San Bernardino, CA 92407

      Set Free Christian Fellowship
      473 W. Baseline
      San Bernardino, California 92410
      (909) 323-2323

      – BF