How Food Share Works

Food Share works hard to maintain the many wonderful partnerships within the community to feed our hungry.

Food Share distributes millions of pounds of healthy food every year both through our own programs such as Senior Kits (CSFP) and Kids’ Farmers’ Market, as well as through distribution via our partner agencies.

Food Share’s partnerships within the Ag community, neighborhood backyards, and generous contributions allow Food Share to procure quality, nutritional, and valuable food.

Food Share processes donated and purchased food with the help of hundreds of volunteers at our warehouses located in Oxnard. Over a million pounds of food is rescued, purchased, sorted, and distributed each month.

Pantry coordinators from all throughout the County come to our warehouses to collect the needed food for their distributions to help feed our hungry friends and neighbors.

Food is then distributed through the 190 pantry locations and programs to hungry families, seniors, and children!

Where does the food provided by Food Share come from?

Food Drives
Bulk Purchasing
Government Programs
Feeding America

How Does Food Share Store and Distribute the Food?

Food Share owns and operates 46,000 square feet of warehouse space. The warehouse includes a 1,176 square foot cooler and 1,176 square foot freezer, 1 loading dock and 15 trucks.

The warehouse receives an average of 36,000 pounds of food a day.

The freezer is 17,640 cubic feet, which is equivalent to 1,176 household freezers.

The cooler is 17,640 cubic feet, which is equivalent to 802 household refrigerators.

Food Share trucks drove almost 100,000 miles in FY 2018.

How Do Agencies Get Food From Food Share?


Agencies “shop” at the Food Share warehouse throughout the week. For agencies who receive USDA commodities, their additional monthly reports determine the types and quantities of government commodities that are added to their shopping orders. To ensure safety of shoppers, Food Share staff, and to preserve the high quality of available foods, shoppers are required to follow specific shopping guidelines and the Warehouse Code of Conduct during their shopping appointments and open shopping periods.

How does an Agency get food out to people in need?

Food Pantries (or agencies) are locations in the community that often serve other needs. Medical centers, schools, churches and senior centers often are centered populated area of Ventura County and often have communication tools to spread the word about availability of food. Days and times are determined by the agency who also manage volunteer shifts and space.


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