Food Pantry

The Food Pantry at Project Understanding provides groceries once a month to families whose budget cannot support the purchase of their own. Donations may include in-kind, non-perishables, fresh vegetables and fruits and $$’s designated for food. Most food on the shelves is purchased from FOOD Share.

Providing a Hand Up, Not a Handout

Getting back on your feet is instrumental to leading a happy and healthy life. Project Understanding is structured to help people in need make it through tough times by assisting with Food, Housing and Tutoring. Empowering yourself to be self-sufficient can be achieved with focus, work and understanding.

For help with food, please come to the First Step Center 9:00am-1:00pm on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. The address is 2734 Johnson Drive, Ventura, CA 93003. Turn off Johnson Drive onto Capri Avenue, then turn into third driveway on the left. Park at the back of the lot, and proceed through the gate. (The office does not have a public restroom.)

The First Step Center can work with continuing clients up until noon. The office is open every morning, Monday-Friday; however, food assistance is available only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Program Requirements (Intake Portion):

  • Proof of Identity (ID)
  • Proof of Income – last two check stubs, SSI/SSA/Disability award letter or bank statement if direct deposit, food stamps, unemployment stubs.
  • Proof of Address – rental agreement; if renting a room, letter from landlord
  • Proof of Dependents/custody – rental agreement (if listed on it), legal paperwork and awarding custody.
  • If Homeless, ID and mailing address


Food Pantry 
2734 Johnson Dr
Ventura, CA 93003
Open: M-W-F 9:00am to 1:00pm
Phone: (805) 652-1326

Janine Dykstra

Program Manager




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