Food for those in Need

The City is concerned about the significant impacts that COVID-19 is having on the community.  Below is information about food distributions.  Please check back as this page is updated often.


Everyone in our community should be able to enjoy a delicious Holiday Dinner. The Kiwanis Club of Monterey, Food Bank for Monterey County and City of Monterey are working together to offer a drive thru and walk up Community Holiday Dinner on Thursday, December 23. Each meal kit will include all of the fixings to prepare your own traditional Holiday meal for a family of 4 or 6-8 people. All meal kits will be pre-packaged and the same for everyone. Due to COVID-19, this is a contact-less drive thru or walk up program and reservations are required. Space is limited. To make a reservation for the Thursday, December 23 Community Holiday Drive Thru Dinner, use the button below:

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Holiday Drive Thru Information Flyer with Pick Up Instructions


Meal kits may also be delivered for homebound individuals in Pacific Grove, Monterey, Seaside, Marina and Carmel. To request home delivery, please email: or call Monterey Recreation at 831.646.3866 and leave a message for staff. We will call you back as soon as possible to assist you with home delivery. Community Holiday Dinner Meal Delivery Flyer

If you have any questions, please email: or you may also call Monterey Recreation at 831.646.3866 and leave a message for staff. Staff will call you back as soon as possible.

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The Marina Foundation Food Resources

June 2021

TMF Food Resources 6-4-2021


Updated Feb. 22, 2021

MPUSD GrabNGo Student Meals
All Students Pick Up Monday through Friday Noon - 2 p.m. At Crumpton, Marina Vista, Olson & Los Arboles

Plus First Come First Serve MPUSD Free Food Boxes
During GrabNGo: Wednesdays at Los Arboles MS: Thursdays at Crumpton, Marina Vista and Olson

UPDATED: Student name or I.D. no longer required at pick-up Student does not need to be present - Must be 18 years or younger.


Updated March 25, 2021

Mondays - 8:30 a.m.
Marina Library Drive Through (188 Seaside Ave., Marina)
Monterey County Food Bank

Tuesdays 2 – 4 p.m.
Seniors 55+ Drive Through (Los Arboles Middle School)
The Marina Foundation, City of Marina & Monterey County Food Bank

Thursdays 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Available to all those in need at Epiphany Lutheran & Episcopal Church, 425 Carmel Ave. Marina (Corner of Carmel Ave. & California Ave.).

Fridays 2 – 4 p.m. Drive Through
Marina Students and Families (Los Arboles Middle School)
The Marina Foundation, City of Marina & Monterey County Food Bank

Saturdays 9 – 11 a.m.
Thomas Carman Food Pantry
Epiphany Lutheran Church – 425 Carmel Ave., Marina

Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Marina Farmers Market (Grocery Outlet Parking Lot)
An “essential business” providing nutritional health


Updated March 25, 2021

Breakfast With Friends SaturdaysSaturdays (2nd and 4th) - 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Epiphany Lutheran & Episcopal Church, 425 Carmel Ave. Marina (Corner of Carmel Ave. & California Ave.). For details, see their Facebook page.


  • Food Bank for Monterey County, beginning Monday April 6th and the First Monday of the month thereafter.  - 10 a.m.
    • Distribution Location: Marina Library 188 Seaside Ave., Marina, CA. 93933
    • People can start lining up at 8:00 AM. Food Bank contact number is (831) 758-1523.
  • Veterans Transition Center and Food Bank For Monterey County Family Market Program 20204th and 5th Wednesdays: August 26, September 23 and 30, October 28.

Seniors Only Special Hours – Grocery Stores to accommodate seniors and those with compromised health

  • Walmart, Marina-Tuesday, 6 – 7 a.m.
  • Grocery Outlet, Marina-Wednesday, 8 – 9 a.m.
  • Lucky, Marina-Tuesday & Thursday, 6 – 9 a.m.
  • Target, Marina-Tuesday & Wednesday, 8 – 9 a.m. Seniors & Health Issues
  • Whole Foods - Daily, 8 – 9 a.m. Seniors & Health Issues

Food Delivery Service

  • Instacart - Food delivery service for Lucky’s Costco and CVS at

Emergency Hot Meals in Marina Every Thursday

Abraham's Test Soup Kitchen VolunteersFree Hot Dinners To Go — Drive-Up or Walk Up — will be served to seniors, homeless persons and those with food needs in Marina at the corner of Carmel & California Avenues. This a project of Muslims, Jews, Christians United (JCM United) - Abraham's Tent. Fr. Jon Perez, Episcopal Vicar of Epiphany Lutheran & Episcopal Church, says spread the word and "Everyone Welcome!"

Abraham's Tent Meals Thursdays Flyer

Do you need help with food?
Please call 884-1247

Local Restaurants

Marina Chamber of Commerce list of Marina Restaurant Status During Shelter In Place

The Marina Foundation Emergency Fund for Seniors


The City of Marina also encourages residents to reach out to the following agencies for additional services or information:

United Way: 2-1-1 helps refer services for food, clothing housing, mental health services, job training, veteran’s assistance and more, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in 170 languages.

Great Plates Delivered Program for Seniors: Are you a high risk Monterey County Resident over 60, who is unable to shop for meals while you safely shelter at home? You may be eligible to receive 3 nutritious meals a day. Please call 2-1-1 for a phone screening and to begin the application process or apply at “Monterey County Senior Restaurant Program Intake”: or for more information call (831) 755-4447.

Alliance on Aging: connects older adults with services, including Medicare questions, food and home delivered meals, transportation coordination, caregivers, counseling and more, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. by calling (831) 655-1334.

Monterey County Social Services: can connect older adults with a “Worker of the Day” who will help provide services by calling 1-800-510-2020.

City of Marina Virtual Recreation Website
Includes resources to stay healthy and active virtually.Kids Virtual Camps Flyer


Homeless Resource Guide Thumbnail ImageThe Coalition of Homeless Services Providers has updated its Homeless Services Resource Guide. The guide is comprised of public and non-profit resources and will assist the community in connecting to resources that serve the homeless and at-risk populations in Monterey County.