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Our Mission

To end hunger in our community. 

Vision Statement

The Redwood Empire Food Bank is the leader in hunger relief. We respond to the immediate needs of people seeking help through the provision of healthy food and nutrition education. We pursue long-term solutions to food insecurity through public policy and the development of partnerships with civic, faith-based, corporate and government organizations and, most importantly, individuals in our community.


The REFB is a cost effective investment in the community. This year the REFB:

  • Is in the top 5% of food banks nationwide in amount of food provided per person in poverty.
  • Received Guide Star’s 4 star rating for the 10th consecutive year, putting the REFB in the top 1% of all rated charities.
  • Serves 78,000 of our low-income neighbors each month.
  • Brought nearly $20 million worth of food into the county from local, regional and national sources.
  • Distributed 13.8 million pounds of food, which is the equivalent of 29,500 meals a day.
  • Enlisted over 3,500 volunteers who donated 70,000 hours - the equivalent of 33 employees.
  • Provided food for two wholesome meals for every $1 spent.

78,000 people in Sonoma County face the threat of hunger every month:

  • 34,000 are children
  • 11,800 are seniors
  • 13,500 are working families

To learn more about the REFB's three Hunger Initiatives and partnership with 175 charitable organizations click here.

REFB Fact Sheet - pdf icon REFB Fact Sheet for 2013

HUNGER to HOPE – A special 16-page promotional section presented by the Celebrate Community Partnership about the REFB - pdf icon Download HUNGER to HOPE

To learn more, click Hunger in Sonoma County / 2010.