St. Joseph Pantry Shelf

2292 Newburg Rd, Fortuna

Hours: M
onday, Wednesday, Friday  10am - 12noon   Except on Major Holidays

Our Mission

St. Joseph Pantry Shelf is a ministry of St. Joseph Parish in Fortuna, CA. The mission of the Pantry Shelf is to extend the love of God in a special way to those in crises through the distribution of food and referral to local social services. The Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.

Who We Are

St. Joseph Pantry Shelf is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodity distribution site. We receive USDA and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) food from Food for People in Eureka. The Pantry Shelf is also supported by food donations collected through the USPS Letter Carriers’ Food Drive and many local churches, schools, and service organizations. Parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church also support the Pantry Shelf with cash and food donations. Cash donations enable us to purchase extra items from local grocers to provide special food additions to the food boxes. Many local families have also provided fresh fruits and vegetables in season from their gardens and orchards.

Community Garden Project

In partnership with Fortuna Adventist Community Services (FACS), the Garden Project occupies land adjacent to the Parish Activity Center (PAC) and St. Joseph Pantry Shelf. Fresh vegetables are harvested in season and distributed to those in need through the Pantry Shelf and FACS. This is an organic garden, and anyone who wants to labor in the dirt for a very worthwhile cause is invited to come join us.

Whom We Serve

St. Joseph Pantry Shelf is an equal opportunity provider of food to local low-income families and individuals in the Fortuna, Alton, Carlotta, and Hydesville area. To register, potential clients can present a picture ID and current utility bill (if available). All clients will be asked to register, a process that takes about 5 – 10 minutes. There is an income eligibility requirement established by the USDA as follows:

            Household Size                   Monthly Household Income
                                                           Less than:

  • 1 person                                  $1,507.50
  • 2 persons                                $2,030.00
  • 3 persons                                $2,552.50
  • 4 persons                                $3,075.00
The amount of food distributed is based upon household size. We also provide bags of donated food to those who have an emergency need. There is no income eligibility requirement to receive an emergency bag.


St. Joseph Pantry Shelf is staffed by volunteers from many walks of life. We have a desire to help others and to serve the community. All volunteers must go through a civil rights training. Training for any specific position at the Pantry is provided by the Pantry Director.
If you would like to volunteer at St. Joseph Pantry Shelf or at the Community Garden Project, please contact St. Joseph Parish office at 707-725-1148.
Donation of cash or food may be made at St. Joseph Parish office at 2312 Newburg Road, Fortuna, CA 95540.

Thank you:

To the many local business and USPS Letter Carriers that support St. Joseph Food Pantry through food donations,

To the many local residents who give generously of their food and money,

To the many local schools, churches, and service organizations who sponsor food drives,

To our volunteers who give tirelessly of their time and energy,

To the Lord for all His blessings.

Other Resources

Fortuna Adventist Community Services

Food For People