Emergency food stamp allotments for the month of November, part of the COVID-19 assistance law from earlier in the year will be distributed on December 12, 2021. The program continues but is approved on a month-to-month basis as mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Food banks will also be distributing food for families throughout the month of December as per usual. Additionally, several agencies will be giving out toys for the children so that they will have something to open on Christmas morning.
We have made a list of the agencies and what they are offering below, however, details on any requirements that may need to be met are unknown, so we suggest that you call the agency in question to learn details as they have not yet responded to our inquiries.
Arlington Temporary Services
9000 Arlington Avenue, Suite 112
Riverside, California, 92503
Dial the main office at 951-689-5620
Thanksgiving and Christmas food/gift baskets, clothing, baby items, and more holiday support.
Catholic Charities of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Palm Desert region
The charity has several offices in the region and they cover the areas indicated above and more. Special holiday meals, food, free gifts, and other programs are offered. Call them for details on these and other resources.
Community Settlement Association
4366 Bermuda Avenue
Riverside, CA, 92507
Main number is 951-686-6266
the non-profit agency offers free Christmas Food Baskets and Toys for low-income and unemployed residents of Riverside County.
Casa Blanca Home of Neighborly Service
Office address is 7680 Casa Blanca Street
Riverside, California, 92504
Provides Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas food and gift Baskets to low income families in the Casa Blanca region of Riverside. They hold holiday parties, including at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free meals, holiday food boxes, Christmas tree decorations, games, and toys are offered that are gender specific. Everything from matchbox cars to dolls and similar goods.
Community Assistance Program of Moreno Valley
24594 Sunnymead Boulevard, Suite W
Moreno Valley, CA, 92553
Dial the center at 951-485-7792
Salvation Army of Riverside County and the Sierra del Mar Division
340 South Palm Avenue
Hemet, CA, 92543
Dial (951) 791-9497 x100
Several locations are in the Moreno Valley, Hemet and Riverside region. They distribute toys, games, Christmas Baskets and more to lower income and needy families with children ages 12 and under. Find more details on free holiday assistance from Riverside Salvation Army.
Location is 23100 Betty Road
Perris, CA, 92570
The disabled and other struggling families can receive food, meals, food, and hopefully are able to experience the holidays and Christmas season.
Coachella Valley Rescue Mission
Min address: 47518 Van Buren Street
Indio, CA, 92201
Serves dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas, including Turkeys and all of the toppings. Low income residents, the homeless and poor may all qualify.
789 North San Gorgonio Avenue
Banning, CA, 92220
Serves low cost (or free) congregate meals to individuals and families in need. Clothing around the Christmas season is available to low income families. Those that are struggling may receive Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years and Easter Meals.
Circle of Care Ministry
Address is 26090 Ynez Rd
Temecula, California 92590
Main phone number is (951) 973-3582
Programs for the low income, poor, disabled and struggling in Riverside County include a food pantry and soup kitchen. There may be small Christmas toys or decorations, stocking stuffers, clothes and other goods. Thanksgiving turkey dinners and food boxes are offered too.
Water of Life Community Church
Address is 7625 East Ave
Fontana, CA 92336
Christmas Store is a “client choice” center. This means qualified parents, including single moms, can “shop” for the exact toys, gifts, and clothes their kid(s) need for Christmas. Resources are limited and only some qualified families can benefit from the holiday program.
Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
4162 Rubidoux Ave
Riverside, CA 92506
For information, call (951) 689-7847
A multi-faced social service agency. Everything from housing to transportation help to free groceries, Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas programs, games, books, tablets and more is offered. Veterans, the elderly, teens, immigrants and other can use the non-profit.
Jurupa Valley Adopt a Family
6109 Camino Real
Jurupa Valley, CA 92509
Dial (951) 530-1693
They only support Jurupa Valley residents. Programs include Santa Express Routes / Adopt a Family as well as scholarships, educational games, free gift cards for toys, and more. Christmas and year round help is arranged for residents of the Jurupa Valley .
Free Christmas gifts from Toys for Tots
Children under the age of 13 can apply for this holiday program. Working poor families can be provided gifts for their child, provided they apply on time and meet qualifications. There are new, unwrapped items such as books, games, trucks or dolls, Legos, board or video games, sport goods and other toys. More information on how to apply in Riverside County is online. Apply here
Indio region families can apply here, and applications are in Spanish or for immigrants too. https://29-palms-ca.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3 SW part of the County, including Corona and Murrieta apply here. https://campen-4th-lar-ca.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3 NW Riverside County residents apply here. https://seal-beach-ca.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3
Church of God of Prophecy, Riverside (COGOP)
Primary address is 7442 Diamond St
Riverside, California 92504
Main phone – (951) 687-1001
A free food pantry may have meats, turkey, bread, and other items for holiday meals.
Heart Changing Deliverance Ministries
Location is 24210 Postal Ave
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone: (442) 400-2489
The poor, homeless, migrant workers and others can get help.
St. Martha’s Thrift Store and Community Food Pantry of Murrieta
38444 Sky Canyon Drive, Unit 190
Murrieta, CA, 92563
Assistance programs can distribute nourishing food and groceries to residents of Murrieta whose resources are limited. Any applicant needs to be unable to provide adequately for themselves and their families. Hundreds of food baskets may be passed out at Thanksgiving and Easter.
Spark of Live
This is a free Christmas toy drive and giveaway event. Volunteers and businesses donate clothes, games, electronics, dolls, trucks, and more. The Christmas toys are given to qualified families in need, immigrants and migrant workers, and parents too. Dial 211.
Menifee Valley Community Cupboard
26808 Cherry Hill Boulevard
Menifee, CA, 92586
A home delivery program may be able to provide free food and meals, including Christmas and Thanksgiving, to low income families, individuals, the elderly and senior citizens.
Jordan Outreach Ministries International
50930 Calhoun Street
Coachella, California, 92236
Call 760-398-3352 for information.
Supplies and goods such as clothing, food, baby products and more. Many items are delivered as a form of assistance during Halloween, Easter and Christmas.