Central Downtown Food Basket

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$6,953 raised by 26 donors

The Central Downtown Food Closet started in 1983, by the collaboration of four Sacramento area congregations: St. John's Lutheran Church, Fremont Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Congregation B'nai Israel. CDFC was located at 1214 17th Street and was one of many agencies that belonged to and received food from the Interfaith Service Bureau. In 1987, CDFC went out on its own with the support of thirteen area congregations and began picking up their food from the Senior Gleaners. On April 26, 1995 Mr. Bill Jones, then The Secretary of State, granted The Central Downtown Food Closet the request to change its name to The Central Downtown Food Basket.

In 2003, the State of California took over the property at 1214 17th Street and the rest of the block to build the Department of General Services and Education. CDFB then chose to become a mobile food distribution and has been so for the past 20 years. This has been very successful for CDFB, with three locations and various other Pop Up food distribution sites. We are currently running a successful Pop Up Pantry program at CSUS (Sacramento State University). Since the pandemic, we are continuing to do drive through distributions and to get food to those that are food insecure in a safe and non-stressful environment. This year is a very exciting year in that CDFB will be celebrating 40 years helping and reaching those that are food insecure and we always do this with Dignity and Respect. 


CDFB reliably provides healthy and fresh groceries with Dignity and Respect to the food insecure at mobile sites throughout Sacramento.


Fuel for two trucks.

Maintenance cost and upkeep for two trucks and two trailers.

Grant writer.

Fundraising coordinator.

We need volunteers to assist in everyday operations in distributing food to those in need.

New toys.

Equity Statement

We believe that people receiving our services that are so desperately needed, be treated with Dignity and Respect no matter their situation, race, creed or color. We feel that everyone needs validation, to be recognized, to be seen and we take that very important extra step in doing so. As the President/CEO of the Central Downtown Food Basket, I have always said, it is not about us, but only and always will be about those who need our help.

Organization Data


Organization name

Central Downtown Food Basket

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Other, Volunteers, Funding: Unrestricted, Board Members

Local Counties Served


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


1701 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US

Rosemont, CA, US



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