First Presbyterian Church - Provides a sack lunch 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
515 E. Kimball Ave. Hemet, CA
Grace Chapel - Distributes groceries as available to those in need on a first come first serve basis.
362 N. Buena Vista St. Hemet, Ca 92545
Hemet Seventh Day Adventist Church - Community services assistance program gives out clothing, household items, and emergency food. May return after 90 days if still in need. Hours: Tuesdays 9 am - 11am
27025 S Girard St Hemet, CA 92543
Valle Vista Assembly of God Community Food Program - Free government food distribution on the 4th Thursday of every other month (call first) for low income residence of specified zip codes (92543, 92544, 92545, 92582, and 92583). Bring your own box/bags. Always call to confirm food distribution date. ID is required.
45252 E Florida Ave (Hwy 74) Hemet, Ca 92544
HOPE Food Pantry- Provides food, clothing, and shelter to people in need. Food distribution is provided to every client one time per month. Please bring a current Photo ID, address verification, and proof of income. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
506 W. Minthorn St. Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Menifee Valley Community Cupboard - Food distribution center and thrift shop.
Food Distribution Center - 26808 Cherry Hills Blvd.
Thrift Shop - 26944 Cherry Hills Blvd. (951) 672-3078
Catholic Charities - Provides emergency food, shelter, utility, and rental assistance when funding is available.
21250 Box Springs Rd. Suite 206 Moreno Valley, CA 92557
Salvation Army - Food assistance and emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities when funds are available.
40270 Los Alamos Road Murrieta, CA 92560
Community Food Pantry of Murrieta (St. Martha's) - Distributes to families in Murrieta, Winchester, and the French Valley Corridor at no charge. They also provide financial worksheets to assist families in organizing finances, offer a Kiosk Center for clients to access EDA Work Force Development, local jobs, DPSS online access for CARE & HEAP utiliity programs, and more.
38444 Sky Canyon Drive Units 170-190 Murrieta, CA 92563
The Concerned Family
Mead Valley Community Center 19450 Clark St, Perris, CA 92570
CalWorks- Perris Dpt. of Social Services
Perris WIC - Women, Infant & Children
28922 Pojul Street Temecula, CA 92590
Western Eagle Foundation -Project Food Box for $25, you can get a supply of food that will feed a family of four, 2 meals a day each, for an entire week & a bargain store.
40940 County Center Dr, Temecula, CA 92591
Community Mission of Hope - Helps those in need toward the goal of self-sufficiency. CMoH provides tangible help, through food and hygiene products, as well as compassionate mentorship for the social, physical, financial and spiritual needs of local individuals and families.
Food Box Distribution - Tuesday thru Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Closed on major holidays)
27499 Commerce Center Drive Temecula, CA 92590
Food Stamps/Public Benefits
Department of Social Services - Services include self-sufficiency, CalWorks, GAIN, Medi-Cal, and CalFresh
43264 Business Park Drive #B-1 Temecula, CA 92590
7880 Mission Grove Parkway, South
Supplemental Food Programs
California Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) - Provides extra food for those who qualify which may include those who are pregnant, breastfeeding an infant less than 12 months old, those with children under the age of 5 (including foster children and grandparents raising children), and those receiving Medi-Cal, food stamps,SNAP, TANF, FDPIR and meet income requirements.
To find out if you qualify, visit www.rivhero.com or call 855-RIV-HERO
or visit www.wicworks.ca.gov
Free Tax Assistance Program
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) - The Community Action Partnership provides a free tax preparation Program that helps low to moderate income filers (incomes less than $60k). During tax season, there are FREE sites across Riverside county staffed by IRS Certified Volunteers. The program is beneficial for taxpayers who file 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ, low to moderate income families, persons with disabilities, limited English speaking taxpayers, and senior citizens.
SCE CARE/FERA Program - Provides a monthly discount on electric rates for low income household relief.
You can qualify for CARE if you or someone in your home participates in at least one of the eligible public assistance programs listed below.
- CalFresh/SNAP (Food Stamps)
- CalWorks (TANF)/Tribal TANF
- Medi-Cal for Families (Healthy Families A&B)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
Community Action Partnership - The utility assistance program is a one-time assistance program that helps low and moderate-income Energy individuals and families with utility payment assistance. Also provides no cost energy services to those who qualify for the low-income weatherization program such as (solar water heaters, LED light bulbs, refrigerators, heater/air conditioner, doors, windows, seal air leaks, and weather stripping).
(951) 955-4900 or (800) 511-1110
Click the link for more information and to apply.
California Lifeline Program - Eligible participants may receive a free cell phone, SIM card, and/or monthly cell phone service with unlimited talk and texting. You might qualify if you are on any one of these programs:
* Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
* Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
* Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
* CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
* Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
* National School Lunch Program (NSL)
* Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
* 1. California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
* 2. Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKs)
* 3. Welfare-to-Work (WTW)
* 4. Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
* Tribal TANF
* Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
* Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
* Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
* Federal Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit Program
Click below to see if you qualify and to find a local provider.
Perris Valley Resource Center - Please call for utility assistance information.
2055 South Perris Boulevard C1, Perris, CA 92571
SoCal Gas Company - Visit the link to find out what you qualify for! They provide services such as:
- Rebates for upgrading appliances
- Free home visits to check the safety of appliances
- Free energy efficiency starter kits
- Comprehensive mobile home program
- Repairs to water heaters with on-your-bill financing plans (ex. fixing a water heater and making payments for 3 months)
Low-Cost Vehicle Insurance
California's Low Cost Insurance - To be eligible for the California’s Low Cost Auto Insurance Program, or CLCA, consumers must:
- Have a valid California driver’s license
- Own a vehicle valued at $25,000 or less
- Meet income eligibility guidelines
- Be at least 19 years of age
Smog & Repair Assistance
California Bureau of Automotive Repair - Under the Repair Assistance option, income-eligible consumers who meet eligibility requirements may receive up to $500 in emissions-related repairs at a STAR Test-and-Repair station after their vehicle fails its biennial Smog Check inspection.
California Phones - Every day, specialized California Phones from the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) enable over half a million Californians to stay connected.
There's a California Phone for every need. For example, there are amplified phones that make it easier to hear conversations. Big button phones that are easier to dial. Phones with lights that flash for incoming calls. Convenient portable phones – and more. We also offer phones that are specially designed for individuals with more significant disabilities.
California Phones are available to persons who live in California, have telephone service* and your doctor approves your need. In addition to your doctor, any of the following may certify your need and sign the application form for you:
- Licensed Medical Doctor (MD)
- Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
- Licensed Physician Assistant
- Licensed Audiologist
- Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser
- Licensed Optometrist
- Department of Rehabilitation Counselor
- Superintendent/Audiologist from the California School for the Deaf Fremont/Riverside
Click HERE to find a Certifying Agent near you.
*Equipment connects to your existing telephone service. Your current telephone service charges still apply, however, the Free Specialized Telephone does not increase your service costs.
Public Defenders Office
Victim & Wellness Services
TODEC - Free immigration & Legal services
IELLA Legal Aid Project - The Inland Empire Latino Lawyers also known as IELLA is a long-honored non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal aid to poor and low income people of our community.
Inland Counties Legal Services - Advocates provide legal advice and counsel through free legal aid clinics, a seniors outreach site, and Riverside Superior Court Civil Self Help Assistance. They are a 501c(3) non-profit corporation supported by public sources and private donations and have branch offices throughout Riverside County.
Victims of Crime Resources
California Attorney General's Office - Victims Service Unit - provides support, information, and assistance to victims at every stage of the criminal appeals process.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) - Office of Victim & Survivor Rights & Services provides assistance to victims after the defendant has been incarcerated. They can assist victims with obtaining restitution, requesting notification about custody/parole hearings, and writing impact statements.
Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) - provides victims with notifications regarding a defendant's custody status.