Hunger & Homeless Relief

DID YOU KNOW. . . children make up the largest group of people at-risk of hunger in our community? There are 9,762 children living in poverty in Sonoma County according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Make a Difference! Get Involved with JUMP's Hunger and Homelessness Programs.

Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB)
Mondays, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Redwood Empire Food Bank was founded in 1987 and is Sonoma County's largest hunger-relief organization. They serve approximately 60,000 people, of which 37.2% are children. The REFB’s Agency Shopping Program provides food to 133 member charities that operate 223 programs throughout Sonoma County. While serving at REFB, Sonoma State students help bag groceries and package meals for individuals coping with food insecurity. For more information about visit REFB webpage. Volunteers also sort and repackage food for REFB to send to local food pantries. Carpool is available and will leave the SSU flagpole at 4:30pm each service day.  Please wear comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes. To sign-up to volunteer contact, Nancy at or call (707) 664-4277.

Catholic Charities Family Support Center – Café Program
Thursdays from 4:30pm-6:30pm
This comprehensive shelter program supports families experiencing homelessness with food, shelter, medical screenings, employment and housing counseling, and other services designed to move clients into stable housing. Sonoma State volunteers serve meals and build community at the center through the café program. Volunteers serve food to approximately 130 residents and support kitchen staff with various tasks associated with the food program. Carpool is available.  To get involved in either of these programs, contact Rebecca at or call (707) 664-4277.

Serving Our Unfed People Everyday Re-packaging (SOUP-ER)
Thursday’s, 6:30pm-7:30pm at Zin Caf
The Caf Gives Back! JUMP is working with SSU Dining Services to send the leftover cafeteria food to a local food pantry! Volunteers help re-package leftover food to be picked up by St. Vincent De Paul and then served to people experiencing food insecurity in our community. Why let the food go to waste when we have the ability to provide it to families in need right here in Sonoma County?! To become a part of this inspiring program, sign up in the JUMP office or contact Jamila at for more information.

Backpack Proje
3rd Friday of each month, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
JUMP is teaming up with Rotary to assist children and youth in Sonoma County, who may not have enough food to eat at home by providing them with easy-to-prepare weekend meals and snacks throughout the year. By helping to sustain these children, we seek not only to help meet their nutritional needs but also to promote their physical, cognitive and social development, and to enhance their overall sense of well-being. Volunteers pack the food items in backpacks to be distributed. If you are interested in volunteering with this program, sign up in the JUMP office or contact Jamila at

If you would like to be added to our listserv or if you have ideas for more Hunger and Homelessness Programs, please contact Jamila Dozier at or call (707) 664-4277.