Help your neighbors today.

Help your neighbors today.

covid-19 response efforts

The need for food has increased significantly since the pandemic began. In order to provide a more efficient process we have eliminated the need for a referral. Clients can come directly to the Woodland Volunteer Food Closet, sign in, and receive 3-days worth of nutritionally balanced groceries. Families are welcome to access our services as often as needed at this time. 
We have implemented  a home delivery service for those who are unable to come to the Food Closet. To request a home delivery for yourself or someone in need please call the Food Closet at (530) 662-7020 (leave a message and someone will get back to you within 24 hours).
Yolo County guidelines require that each volunteer wear a mask when volunteering at the Food Closet. We also ask our volunteers to wear gloves while packing.

SB1383 Food Recovery Program

CA Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) requires cities, in coordination with their county, to plan for the necessary organic waste recycling and food recovery capacity needed to divert organic waste from landfills into recycling activities and food recovery organizations. The Woodland Food Closet has partnered with our city to take part in SB 1383 Edible Food Recovery Program by receiving consumable food from local vendors that would otherwise end up in our landfills.

As part of this program, vendors provide us with excess consumable food that is rotated out on a weekly basis that would normally be sent to the landfill. Our volunteers pick up this food, deliver and sort it at our facility to be distributed to our clients.

More information about SB1383 can be found as



We are a volunteer community organization established to provide temporary immediate nutritional and hygienic support for individuals and families who are in need of such services.


The Woodland Food Closet provides a basic, direct service. We pack 3 days of food supplies for nutritionally balanced meals. Each family member receives 9 meals total. Our clients are individuals, families, seniors, children and infants. Although intended to be a one-time, emergency service, Woodland Food Closet provides food to anyone who is hungry. The Woodland Food Closet is the only agency in Woodland to provide food distribution on a daily basis, Monday through Friday. We are not, however, an ongoing food source. Individuals who are in need of long term assistance will be referred to Department of Employment and Social Services to explore other resources and options.

Food Distribution

 Woodland Food Closet clients are limited to visiting twice per month for food allocation.

 Food is currently distributed
Monday – Friday
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 

New Location:
420 Grand Ave.
Woodland, CA 95695

Please note no referral required at this time.  


The Woodland Food Closet hosts a few annual events as well as partner with community partners. Don’t miss an event; check back regularly for the latest event details. 

Christian Church of Woodland Food Drive

November 20-21, 2020 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations can be dropped off at the Christian Church of Woodland at: 

509 College Street
Woodland, CA 95695

Season of Caring Annual Campaign

Tuesday, November 24 – Saturday, December 13

Our annual Season of Caring campaign, supported by the Daily Democrat, kicks off in November. The campaign is The Woodland Food Closet’s biggest annual campaign. Donation envelopes will be interested in the Daily Democrat newspaper starting Nov. 24 and Dec. 13.

Holiday Luminary Event

Friday, December 18

The annual Holiday Luminary Event will be virtual this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Instead of placing donation barrels in the community for donations we’re encouraging all donations be made online via the below button. 

Adams Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive

Monday, October 26 – Friday, November 13  

Adams never stopped working this year, despite the pandemic. In gratitude, Adams’ is helping those in the community who have been less fortunate, with the Adams Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive. 

Last year, Adams collected 894 pounds of food in three weeks. This year, Adams goal is to donated at least 1,000 pounds of food.

Donations can be made at:
Arbuckle: Main Office (by the pay home), Packing and AVO (near break area/control room)
Woodland: ASA break room, Joost Offices, 102 Break room and Grade Lab

Pancake Breakfast Presented by Woodland Masonic Lodge #81

Sunday, December 1, 2019  |  8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$10 per person | $5 for ages 12 and under | $25 for a family of four

Woodland Masonic Lodge #81
228 Palm Ave, Woodland, CA 95695

Tickets available at the door or in advance by contacting (530) 662-7020

Frozen Wonderland & Canned Food Drive

Dress up and sing along to your favorite Frozen songs during this special themed Food Truck Mania. Special guest appearances, don’t miss it!

Bring a canned food item for donation to the Woodland Food Closet.

Sunday, December 1, 2019  |  4 – 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Woodland Food Truck Mania

Fabulous Fiesta

Support the Woodland Food Closet by attending the 2nd Annual Fabulous Fiesta, August 22nd at the Historic Hotel Woodland. Community support has kept the Woodland Food Closet running smoothly for over a half century. With your attendance the Fabulous Fiesta will allow us to continue to fulfill our mission of providing groceries to those who are facing an emergency food crisis in Yolo County.

Thursday, August 22, 2019  |  6:00 p.m.
Historic Hotel Woodland
$50 per ticket, includes a dinner, drink ticket and tequila tasting

Purchase your tickets today!



A two hour a month commitment to pack groceries. Substitutes are also needed


Sort and move food after the Annual Scouting for Food event, among other community events.


Canned or foods, and toiletries are always welcome. Monetary donations can be made online or mailed to P.O. Box 803, Woodland, CA 95776.


Help us spread the word of the important work we do. Invite us to speak at your club, church, business, or social gathering.


Woodland Volunteer Bureau Food Closet aka Woodland Food Closet was established in 1968 to provide emergency assistance to the needy in Yolo County. The Woodland Food Closet, a community based, non-profit service agency, was originally established in response to a Yolo County Grand Jury report, which saw a real need for the formation of a food distribution source in the Woodland area. Our primary focus is to provide three days of nutritionally balanced meals to every individual referred to us who is in an emergency, or crisis situation, or is waiting for other assistance to begin. A referral from a social service agency, including Department of Social Services, Empower Yolo, Pregnancy Support Group, 4th and Hope, Yolo Food Bank, or one of the local churches and schools is necessary to provide the one-time emergency service.

Board Members

As of August 2022


Board Officers 2022-23:
Romie Holland, President
Kim Arthur, Vice-President
Debbie Gilbert, Treasurer
Vicki Watson, Secretary

Kathy Aukes
Jamie Dougherty
Lowell Johnson
Craig Jones
Sean Keyworth
Kim Richter
Anne Saunders

Executive Director:
Tania Garcia-Cadena

Data Management Assistant
Monique Brammeier


Over 70 dedicated volunteers and one part-time Executive Director keep the Woodland Food Closet operating. A Board of Directors, comprised of community members, governs the program.

The Woodland Food Closet operates from 420 Grand Ave., Woodland, CA.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 803
Woodland, CA 95776

(530) 662-7020