The Best Food Insecurity Nonprofits in Marin

It’s easy for households facing food insecurity to fall through the cracks, but various programs in Marin are aware of those struggles and ready to help. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Food Insecurity Nonprofit picks see below.

Our 2023 Philanthropy category sponsor is Chambers + Chambers.

We’ve broken it down by region: Central and Northern Marin.

Central | Northern

Central Marin



ExtraFood is fighting hunger, food waste and climate change. They work with food donors to rescue fresh food and then turn around to deliver it right into the hands of the people who need it most. They’re always taking new volunteers, so if you share their mission and have some spare time, consider lending them a hand.

907 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Kentfield, 415.997.9830

Community Action Marin

San Rafael

Despite the general affluence of Marin County, many don’t have reliable access to fresh produce, and Community Action Marin is putting up social safety nets to help deal with this struggle. From their production farms to their Central Kitchen, they create replicable and scalable models for sustainable community food.

555 Northgate Dr, Ste 201, San Rafael, 415.526.7500

San Francisco–Marin Food Bank

San Rafael

Every week, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank provides groceries to over 53,000 households, with over a million meals distributed weekly. They’re more than aware that since the pandemic, the already high levels of food insecurity in the Bay Area has substantially increased, and they are dedicated to ending that hunger, one household at a time.

2550 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael, 415.282.1900

St. Vincent de Paul Society

San Rafael

St. Vincent de Paul believes in the dignity of all people. Their mission is to provide compassionate, individualized assistance to help our most vulnerable neighbors obtain nutritious food, affordable housing, and a voice in our community. One of their core services is providing nutritious meals in Marin’s only free dining room.

820 B Street, San Rafael, 415.454.3303

Northern Marin

North Marin Community Services


Every Tuesday, North Marin Community Services opens up their weekly food pantry to Novato residents, providing healthy food including produce, dairy and protein. Their main focus is on their Childcare Healthy Food Program, ensuring that children in low-income families have reliable access to lunches and snacks.

1907 Novato Blvd, Novato, 415.892.1643


Chambers + Chambers Architects: 2023 Best of the County Philanthropy

Focused primarily on custom residential and interior design services, Chambers + Chambers is a boutique architectural practice in Mill Valley. Understated elegance, richness in color and texture and classical detailing are signature elements of Barbara Chamber’s award-winning designs.

What got you interested in philanthropy?
Giving is an expression of spiritual gratitude that makes the world a better place for everyone. I have a huge soft spot in my heart for children and so I’m compelled to give to those organizations.
Do you have a favorite charity?
Tribe Rising India is working to lift the Santal tribe out of abject poverty through education. By building the first-ever high school dedicated to Santals, they are overcoming caste prejudice and creating generational change. 
Why is it important for someone to give?
I believe our gifts are meant to be shared. When we do, we change individual lives and also impact our world.