Homeless Feeding Information

As many in the community seek to participate in efforts aimed at assisting those experiencing homelessness, the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department often receives inquiries regarding homeless feedings.

Experts in the field of ending homelessness call attention to some of the inadvertent issues associated with public feedings and other "give-aways" that are not coordinated through an established homeless-feeding organization:

  • Public Feedings are typically not regulated, and can lead to substantial public health risks to those being fed and can often create unsanitary conditions in public places
  • They separate critical services from food; this can be a disincentive to visit organizations that provide services that can end homelessness

For information regarding safe and permitted ways to help feed those in need, please see the resources below. This is not an exhaustive list and was compiled for information only: