Bags of Love

Nutrition for the Homeless

Our Bags of Love program provides ready-to-eat food to hundreds of homeless people in Sonoma County who are seriously ill and at risk of food insecurity.

Homeless individuals who are eligible for our services often don't participate because shelter instability keeps them on the move, they lack transportation to our location, or they simply don't have a way to store the fresh groceries we offer.

We created Bags of Love to ensure this vulnerable segment of Sonoma County's homeless population has access to our healing nutrition services.

A Simple Approach to a Complex Problem

Every week Food For Thought volunteers stock paper bags with food items that don't require refrigeration or cooking and come in easy-to-open containers or pop-top cans.

To streamline distribution, we’ve partnered with local agencies who work directly with the homeless. Because these organizations distribute the food bags on-site at their clinics and offices, food recipients can also receive healthcare and other services when they pick up a Bag of Love.

Each bag’s caloric value is equivalent to 12 meals. Food items include:

• crackers

• peanut butter

• fruit cocktail

• canned chili

• cup of soup

• canned chicken

Healthcare and social service partners currently participating in the Bags of Love program include:

• West County Health Center: HIV and homeless programs

• Santa Rosa Community Health: HIV and homeless programs

• Face to Face

• Alliance Medical Center

For information on our Bags of Love program, contact Nina Redman, Client Services Director, at 707-887-1647 x119 or