Food Pantries



Salvation Army - Food & Nutrition Programs, emergency financial assistance, emergency shelter, transitional housing, disaster services.

340 S. Palm Avenue Hemet, CA 92543



Community Pantry

Community Pantry - Provides three days food and some utility assistance up to four times a year. Bring bags, income information, ID, and SSI. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

191 S. Columbia St. Hemet, CA 92544

(951) 929-1101


First Presbyterian Church - Provides a sack lunch 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

515 E. Kimball Ave. Hemet, CA 

(951) 658-7153


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

(951) 929-0895


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

(951) 927-6868


Lake Elsinore

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

(951) 245-7510



Menifee Valley Community Cupboard - Food distribution center and thrift shop. 

Food Distribution Center - 26808 Cherry Hills Blvd.

(951) 301-4414

Thrift Shop - 26944 Cherry Hills Blvd. (951) 672-3078


Moreno Valley

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

(951) 677-1324


Community Food Pantry of Murrieta - 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.

Registration Hours: Wed - Thurs 8am - 10am

Food Distribution: Wed - Thurs 6:30 am - 10am

39493 Los Alamos Road, Suite A, Murrieta Ca 92563

(951) 677-6347



The Concerned Family

Mead Valley Community Center 19450 Clark St, Perris, CA 92570

(951) 657-5400


CalWorks- Perris Dpt. of Social Services

(951) 940-6600


Perris WIC - Women, Infant & Children

(800) 455-4942



Circle of Care - Food distribution Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30am.

26090 Ynez Rd, Temecula, CA 92590

(951) 973-3582


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

(951) 695-7206


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 - Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (Closed on major holidays)

41760 Rider Way Temecula, CA 92590



Lakeview Chapel - Food distribution every 2nd & 4th Friday

32700 Mission Trail Wildomar

Wildomar Gracepoint Church - Gracepoint 5&2 Food distribution every 2nd & 4th Saturday

21400 Canyon Dr. Wildomar

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

(951) 600-6500


CalWorks, CalFresh, Medi-Cal

(800) 274-2050


Social Security/Medicare

7880 Mission Grove Parkway, South

(800) 772-1213

(866) 931-4495


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 or call 855-RIV-HERO

or visit

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. 

(951) 955-6488

Utility Assistance

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.

  • Medi-Cal/Medicaid

  • CalFresh/SNAP (Food Stamps)

  • CalWorks (TANF)/Tribal TANF

  • WIC

  • 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.


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)

Transportation/Bus Passes

Catholic Charities

(951) 689-1803


Salvation Army

(951) 784-4490

Vehicle Assistance


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.


Donate Your Car

Habitat for Humanity - Donate your vehicle & you may qualify for a tax deduction and towing is free. 

(877) 277-4344

Free Cellphones

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.

Legal Services

Public Defenders Office

(951) 955-6000


Victim & Wellness Services

(951) 955-5400


Family Court

(951) 777-3147


TODEC - Free immigration & Legal services

(951) 943-1955


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.

(951) 368-2555

(800) 455-4237

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.

(877) 433-9069

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.

(877) 256-6877

California Victims Compensation Program (CalVCP) - helps reimburse victims of violent crime for certain crime-related expenses. Victims have the right to apply for reimbursement losses such as: medical, funeral, relocation, income loss, and more.

(800) 777-9229

California Safe at Home - Secretary of State program provides confidential P.O. Box addresses to victims of domestic violence/stalking to help victims maintain privacy and anonymity.

(877) 322-5227

Victims' Legal Resource Center (VLRC) - provides assistance finding local resources such as counseling, shelters, advocacy, and more to victims of crime.

(800) 842-8467

Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) - provides victims with notifications regarding a defendant's custody status.

(877) 411-5588

Identity Theft - Provides detailed advice to help you fix problems caused by identity theft, along with the ability to:

Get a personal recovery plan that walks you through each step

Update your plan and track your progress

Print pre-filled letters & forms to send to credit bureaus, businesses, and debt collectors

Burial Assistance for Children

The Unforgettables Foundation -  Assists grieving families with finances to help them afford a timely and dignified funeral for their child.

Resource Information

California 211 - Health and human service information - 24 hours, 7 days a week