Nuestra Casa delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to thousands of people in East Palo Alto and Redwood City. We recover healthy, high-quality food from distributors around the Bay Area. This reduces peoples’ grocery bills so they can use that money for rent, utilities, or transportation. It reduces the stigma and transportation barriers people face when it comes to using local food pantries. We plan to expand this program to other communities we serve soon.
This program is a public-private partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, San Mateo County, and local grocery outlets to recover high-quality food that would otherwise get thrown away. We save our community time, money (through reduced transportation and food shopping costs), and dignity by delivering the food directly to them. And, by reducing food waste, we’re also reducing greenhouse gases.
Our program remains an essential service during the COVID-19 crisis. To abide by county regulations, please wear a protective face covering, practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
Contact Julio Garcia for more information. Click here to volunteer. Check our events page for updates on locations and hours. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for program reminders.
Frequently Asked Questions
On Wednesday afternoons, we distribute food at KIPP Excelencia, 2950 Fair Oaks Avenue, Redwood City. Drive-thru is available at this location. On Saturday mornings, we distribute food at several locations in East Palo Alto depending on the week. Please check our events page for specific locations. You can also follow us on Facebook (@NuestraCasaEPA) to get frequent updates and reminders.
On Wednesday afternoons, food distribution starts at 4:00 PM. On Saturday mornings, we start at 10:30 AM. Check our events page for updates. You can also follow us on Facebook (@NuestraCasaEPA) to get frequent updates and reminders.
Fruits, vegetables, and other nonperishable items are typically available at every event. We occasionally receive meat and dairy products.
Due to the pandemic, we pre-bag everything. You do not need to bring your own bags. If you have a portable cart, we recommend you bring it.
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