ACCFB staff member Danny and FedEx driver, Eric, preparing a shipment to our sister food bank, REFB.

Our hearts are with everyone affected by the massive wildfires devastating the North Bay. We’ve received many inquiries asking how to support relief efforts. The best way to help is to make a financial donation directly to our sister food bank, Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), which is coordinating efforts to feed evacuees from the communities affected by the fires.

As “second responders,” Bay Area Food Banks have an emergency response plan in place to coordinate efforts and concentrate support in times of crises, such as this.

Since the fires first erupted, Bay Area Food Banks have been hard at work to respond to the immense need, gathering and sending truckloads of food, water and supplies to impacted areas. Our Food Bank has delivered pallets of water, pop-top and ready-to-eat meals, protein and cereal bars, as well as diapers to help provide relief to our neighbors who have been displaced. Many thanks to our friends and longtime supporters at FedEx for sending us a truck to get supplies to REFB.

Redwood Empire Food Bank’s food and volunteer needs are evolving to adjust to the changing situation. Please visit the REFB website for more information about how to help.

Update 10/18: Our team members, Mike and Ed, made a trip up to REFB to support their operations team for three days. They helped manage the initial food distribution, as well as organized and managed the pop-up 50,000 sq ft. warehouse that was quickly needed to support the donations coming in.

Update 10/25: Six members of our amazing CalFresh Outreach team have gone to REFB to help people who were affected by the fires apply and enroll in Disaster CalFresh, also known as D-SNAP. Disaster CalFresh provides temporary food assistance to people recovering from disasters.

NOTE: ACCFB currently cannot accept food or supply donations on behalf of REFB. To make contributions to Redwood Empire Food Bank, please visit their website