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Emergency Food Distribution is available
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
lot opens and registration begins at 11:00 am*
 *The first hour of our distribution (11am-12pm) is reserved for seniors (60+).  Any clients younger than 60 that arrive before 12pm will be given a time to return later in the day based on availability. To be served during the first hour you must have a senior in the car that is receiving a distribution. additional clients younger than 60, in the same car, may also register for a distribution if they live in a different household.                                                             
Disabled and homeless clients can request assistance anytime we are open.
  Households may receive one full food distribution per month. Additional ermergency (TEFAP) food bags are available as needed when households are facing food insecurity. Please visit the food closet during regular operating hours to request a TEFAP distribution.
Do not arrive to our lot before 11am, when we open. Clients that arrive before 11am may be given a time for later in the distribution day. If you arrive before the time you are provided, you may be turned away if we do not have the capacity to serve you then. 
Food distribution will begin as soon as food donations are done being processed, typically by 11:30am but may be later based on the amount of donations we receive.
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(we are closed all major holidays, please see our Closed Holidays page to confirm we are open)
Clients 60+ may visit the food closet beginning at 11:00am. You will either be let in the parking lot to wait or if the lot fills up, will receive a time to return later in the day when we have room in the lot. Clients are asked to return to the food closet at the time they are provided. If you return sooner, you may be turned away. If you return later, than the provided time, you may be turned away, based on lot capacity.
Our parking lot and registration closes when we reach maximum capacity for the day or 1:30pm, whichever comes first.
There is no guarentee that we will have enough food to be able to stay open until 2pm.
If the barricades are closed, we have closed for the day. 
Please return the next distribution day to receive food.
Clients are not allowed to park and wait in our parking lot or any of the parking lots of our neighboring businesses. If you are found to be doing so you will be asked to leave. Clients are NOT allowed to wait on San Juan Ave. The traffic lanes are for moving cars. If you are stopped in any of the lanes on San Juan Ave., you are subject to a traffic citation from the Citrus Heights police.
The Sunrise Christian Food Ministry distributes a variety of fresh and canned food per household based on the donations we receive daily. Clients will register for a distribution and will receive verifcation of the total number of households currently in the car, picking up a distribution. Each car may receive food for a maximum of (4) households  (this includes proxies).
 It is our goal be able to serve the maximum number of households each day. If you are struggling to find time to visit our food closet please call or visit 211 and the Sacramento County Food Bank website to see a list of participating food agencies in the county. Our food closet is one of many in Sacramento County that have a variety of days and times available to meet the needs of people with lots of different schedules.
We understand that visiting our food closet can be a time consuming and frustrating experience. Many of our neighbors and friends are experiencing food insecuirty which is creating an all time high of people seeking assistance. One way that you can help with this need is to join us and volunteer. Please visit the Volunteer Opportunities tab for more information. It take many willing hearts and hands to process and distribute the million + pounds of food to our community each year.
Reach out if you have any questions or suggestions on improving our distribution. 

Our food distribution is available to residents of Sacramento County and the surrounding area once a month. TEFAP/USDA nonperishable food bags are available as needed when you have a food emergency, up to once daily, when we are open.

Keep reading for additional information regarding our food assistance program. 

Am I Eligible?

For income eligibility, you must self-certify that your gross monthly income does not exceed the ceiling listed below for your family size:





























Over 8

Add $1006.59 each

Add $12,079 each

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audio tape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400
Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C.
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email:

How often can I receive a food assistance?

We offer a full distribution once a month for individuals and families and TEFAP/USDA emergency food bags as needed (up to once a day). Our homeless guests may request a ready-to-eat distribution as often as needed up to and including once daily when we are open.

Need additional food assistance? We can help connect you with other agencies in the area. Visit or call 211 to find resources near you or visit Sacramento County Food Bank website to see a list of participating food agencies in the county. Our food closet is one of many in Sacramento County that has various days and times available to meet the needs of a variety of schedules. Click the links above to find the one that fits your schedule best.

What if I have a unique situation?

We also have food available for those unhoused or unable to cook or store food. Please let us know your situation and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs.

What Should I Bring?

Should I bring photo identification?

Yes! Please bring a photo ID each time you come to the food bank. A driver's license or state ID are best. We are also able to accept a passport or any identification that contains your name and date of birth.

You may also access food benefits with a Food Access Card.

Your name must match the name of the client registered with the Food Access Card. If you would like to pick up a food distribution for a friend or family member, that lives in a separate household, please use this form (EFA-15) to become a proxy for this person.

You can also find the EFA-15 form translated in many languages by visiting this website.

What if this is my first time?
Welcome! On your first visit we will have you fill out a short form. Along with your photo ID, we require a piece of mail or a bill to verify your current address.
Please bring similar verification for other family members as well; a doctor or insurance bill/card, something from their school, or a current piece of mail works best.

Anything else?

Distributions are provided once per month per household. A household is considered anyone residing together that shares food, including room and board homes. If your household shares a residence with another household, please ask to set up a separate account for your household.

What Will I Receive?

What types of food do you distribute?

You will typically receive two-four bags of pantry items (one-three bags from our donated items and a TEFAP/USDA bag), including fresh produce, bread items, dairy and deli items, meat, and eggs when available. We sometimes have other snacks and nonfood items to distribute as well!

Where does your food come from?

All the food we distribute has been generously donated to us from local retail partners and community supporters and changes daily. Some days, we experience an abundance of items, and some days, our inventory may be low. We do our best to spread the donations we receive to everyone who comes through our distributions.

What if I experience food allergies or have dietary restrictions?

We may have items available that are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, or other alternative products. Please don't hesitate to ask us!

I am in the parking lot waiting, now what?

Once we open we will do our best to let in as many cars and clients as possible. When our lot fills we may temporarily need to close our lot until space opens up. When this happens, you will be asked to return later that day or the next business day. Clients that are parked in the lot will provide an ID to one of our volunteers who will verify eligibility and register you for a distribution. Our food distribution will begin as soon as donations are done being processed, typically by 11:30am but may be later based on the amount of donations we receive and the time it takes to process them.

The parking lot and registration closes when we reach maximum capacity for the day or 1:30pm, whichever comes first.

There is no guarantee that we will have enough time or food to be able to stay open until 1:30pm.

If the barricades are closed, we have closed for the day.

Please return the next distribution day to receive food.