Carrots and Artichokes

How to Qualify

Presently during COVID we are serving those in need around the Palo Alto area.  If you fall within the income guidelines that are put out by the USDA (scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the button USDA income guidelines) and cannot find help right in your own neighborhood, email us at  No referral is necessary at this time.

You must email for appointment.

No one should be choosing between rent and food!

GREAT NEWS!  The income guidelines we follow from Second Harvest/USDA have been raised to include more individuals and families!!

You may qualify to receive groceries from us.  You will need to go to one of the agencies listed below to get a referral.  Referrals are good for one year and can be renewed.

The Opportunity Center

33 Encina Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301


Open M-F from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


The Society of St. Vincent del Paul

located at

St. Thomas Aquinas Pastoral Center

3290 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA

Open Monday from 11 to 1 and

Wednesday from 3 to 5

at other times, please leave a message at


Fresh Vegetables in Basket

List of items to bring with you:

You will need to bring three items with you when you go to get your referral for the Food Closet.
-Proof of Palo Alto residency (something with your address on it)
-Self certify your total household income (income of all people living in the household) see USDA guidelines for income requirements
-Birth certificates for children under 18 years of age