The Stockton Meal Project was established at the Community Foundation of San Joaquin in January 2021 to help address the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food insecure families and the local restaurant community.

Local restaurants were some of the hardest hit businesses by the pandemic shutdown. Nearly a third of California’s restaurants permanently closed and two-thirds of workers at least temporarily lost their jobs as the pandemic set in. In addition, the number of families facing food insecurity grew during the pandemic. According to Feeding America, more than 20% of San Joaquin County children (40,750 youth) experience food insecurity.

The Stockton Meal Project was developed to support both the needs of local restaurants and families needing access to nutritious meals. It’s a win-win for local business and families. The Project works with locally owned restaurants, many of which are minority owned, to purchase chef prepared meals, which are then distributed by nonprofit partners to families living in underserved communities throughout Stockton. Recognizing that the impacts of COVID-19 will be long lasting on our community, the Stockton Meal Project is envisioned to continue for years to come.

If you are a locally owned restaurant in Stockton, and are interested in participating in the Stockton Meal Project, please contact Louis Ponick at or (209) 943-2375 about being added to the list of potential future restaurant partners.

If you would like to make a donation to support the Stockton Meal Project, you may do so online by clicking the following link: 

Stockton Meal Project

 You may also make a donation by check made payable to and mailed to:

Community Foundation of San Joaquin
Att:  Stockton Meal Project
6731 Herndon Place
Stockton, CA 95219

Every $16.00 donated supports a family in need with a complete nutritious meal that is chef-prepared.

Stockton Meal Project is supported by donations of any size from individuals. Donations are 100% tax-deductible.

For questions about the program or about making a significant gift call:  209-943-2375