Emergency Basic Needs Distribution

Food & Meals

Offering food to those impacted by wildfires. The distribution center offers supplies based on donations received. Food offered may include fresh fruit and vegetables, commodities, and non-perishable food.

Available to all Fire Survivors. Fire survivors should must bring a photo ID, such as a California Driver’s License or California ID, and proof of impact through a burn scar address. Survivors may access services through the distribution center once a week.

Social distancing measures will be put in place during distribution. Individuals who do not comply with the social distancing measures will be asked to leave. Face coverings are not required since social distancing measures will be put in place.

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday: 10am-2pm 

Drop in to access services. Upon arrival, please check in at the Magalia Community Church’s Firehouse, 13734 Old Skyway, Magalia ( next door to the church property)

Please call the church for questions at 530-877-7963, please note: the phone will only be answered during MCC’s normal hours of operation.

Magalia Community Church is located at 13700 Old Skyway in Magalia

Offers food boxes to qualifying individuals and families once every other month through the Oroville Hope Center’s Food Bank. Items contained in the food boxes will vary depending on what donations are available, but will usually contain items like canned food, cereal, beans and rice. Paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, etc, will not be provided.

Available to individuals and their family only; all adults over the age of 18 must provide proof of income, proof of residency and ID in order to receive food assistance once every 2 months (once every two weeks if homeless)

Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10am-2pm

Oroville Hope Center is located at 2620 5th Avenue, Oroville

Call the Oroville Hope Center’s Food Bank at (530)538-8393.

Offering food boxes to eligible families and individuals once a month. Boxes will typically contain nonperishable items such as canned food, rice, beans, oatmeal, etc. In addition to the food boxes, bread and other items are available while supplies last. 

Available to individuals or families must be at or below the poverty level and be entered into HMIS (coordinated entry) or qualify for HMIS enrollment (are currently housed, but at risk of experiencing homelessness in the near future). All ages served.

The following documents must be provided for the primary adult in the household: photo ID OR social security card, proof of income, and proof of physical address where the food can be prepared. For all children in the household, the following documents must be provided: social security card OR medical card. Applicants can provide a passport to services, pay stubs, a bank statement showing direct deposit, or benefit award letters as proof of income. A utility bill or other recent mail showing the applicants address will be accepted as proof of address.

Individuals or families must sign up in advance to receive a food box. Sign ups will be at the ORM Resource Center located inside the Bird Street Thrift Store on Mondays from 1pm-3pm. During the signup process, staff will be able to enroll individuals into HMIS if they have not already enrolled. No “day of” pick-ups at the warehouse will be accepted.

Food box pick-ups will be held in a drive-thru format at the Oroville Rescue Mission’s warehouse located at 4248 Lincoln Blvd. on the third Tuesday of every month from 1pm-3pm. Everyone picking up a food box is asked to wear a face mask

Offering a drive-thru food distribution to individuals and families. Sign-up is required to receive food distribution. Distribution is intended for low-income or disaster impacted individuals and families. Must have photo ID and mail (or other proof of address), registration is required. Individuals or families interested in participating in food distribution must call 530-776-1009 (M-F: 9am-12pm; 1pm-4pm) to sign up.

Available at Chico Community Center located at 567 E 16th Street in Chico.  Once individuals or families are signed up, they will be assigned a specific pickup date/time. Food Distribution hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 1pm-3pm. 

Salvation Army recommends participants do not show up for distribution before 1pm. Services are only available for walk-up or drive-thru.

Offering free groceries or sandwiches to individuals who are hungry. No restrictions, but service will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Interested individuals can drop in during store hours and ask to speak to the manager.

Lakeside Market and Gas is open Sunday-Saturday from 10am-6pm and located at 5250 Olive Hwy Ste B in Oroville. 

Offering free meals for all kids 18 and under. Parents, guardians, or alternate individuals are welcome to pick-up the meals. Students are not required to be present. If there is a line, please practice 6 feet social distancing and remember to wear a face covering. Link:https://www.bcoe.org/Student-Services/K-12/CalKidz/index.html


Meals are available Monday – Friday from 11am – 1pm at the following location:

-Central Middle School, 2565 Mesa Avenue, Oroville

Meals are available Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:15am – 1:15pm at the following locations:

-Plumas Avenue Elementary, 440 Plumas Ave, Oroville
-Nelson Avenue Middle School, 2255 6th Street, Oroville

Meals are available Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:30am – 12:30pm at the following locations:
-Helen Wilcox Elementary, 5737 Autrey Ln, Oroville
-Palermo Middle School, 7390 Bulldog Way, Palermo

Meals are available Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:55am – 12:10pm at the following location:

-Honcut Elementary School, 68 School St., Oroville

Mobile Kitchen Locations and times are as follows:

-222 Table Mountain Blvd, Oroville from 11:15am – 11:45am
-703 Oro Dam Blvd W, Oroville from 11:55am – 12:25pm
-1668 Oro Dam Blvd W, Oroville from 12:35pm – 1:05pm


Meals are available Monday-Friday from 7:30am – 1pm at the following location: 

-Sycamore Middle School @ Vermont Street Door, 1125 Sycamore Street, Gridley


Children 18 and under can receive five days worth of meals (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner). For special accommodations call 530-872-6472.

Meals are available September 17th – December 17th onThursdays, from 8am – 3pm at the following locations

-Cedarwood Elementary School, 6400 Columbine Road, Magalia
-Pine Ridge Elementary School, 13878 Compton Drive, Magalia
-Paradise Jr. & Sr. High School, 5911 Maxwell Drive, Paradise 
-Paradise Ridge Elementary School, 5657 Recreation Drive, Paradise

Offering two self-service filling stations for residents to fill clean, 5-gallon containers of potable water for drinking and cooking. Residents will need to bring their own container.

-Located at 2310 Oro-Quincy Highway and 234 Kelly Ridge Road.
-Available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Clothing & Supplies

Survivors in need of infant, toddler, or adult diapers can fill out a Diaper Request Form on the Butte Diaper Bank website, fontainefoundation.org/

Provides diapers and diapering supplies to community members experiencing need. Diapers are distributed on a set day once a month. Infant, toddler, and adult diapers are available. Feminine hygiene products are also available- see application. Can receive 50 diapers every 30 days, and applications must be resubmitted every month.Participants are required to pre register and to wear a face mask. Individuals not wearing a proper face mask will not be served. Pre-registration is required. Applications are available at www.buttediaperbank.org. Scroll down on the home page to the distribution dates and click “apply here”. Applications are open two Wednesdays before the distribution, and are due the Wednesday before the distribution. If you need help registering online, call 2-1-1. Facebook: facebook.com/Buttediaperbank/

Distributions generally take place 9am-11am at Pearl Consulting, 150 Amber Grove, Suite 150, Chico. Participants must register by:

-August 25th for Distribution August 28th

All participants attending distribution events are required to wear a mask. The Butte Diaper Bank also encourages participants to exercise social distancing during the distribution, and hand washing prior to arrival. Participants are also asked to definitively RSVP to the text reminder sent allowing for appropriate planning measures to be implemented.

Offering new or very gently used clothing to fire survivors. Clothing distribution has resumed and will be held in the North Room of the community/fellowship hall.

Distribution depends on donation availability.

Available to all Fire Survivors. Fire survivors must bring a photo ID, such as a California Driver’s License or California ID, and proof of impact through a burn scar address. Survivors may access services through the distribution center once a week.

Social distancing measures will be put in place during distribution. Individuals who do not comply with the social distancing measures will be asked to leave. Face coverings are not required since social distancing measures will be put in place.

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday: 10am-2pm

Drop in during program hours at MCC, 13700 Old Skyway, Magalia (North Room of the community/fellowship hall)

Offering free clothing for teens and young adults (ages 11-18) that have been evacuated due to the North Complex /Bear Fire. Evacuees must provide proof of address. Anything that shows the person’s last name, and the address like a bill, online bill, car registration, ID,  or verification of enrollment at a local school district like their Aries account.

Available by appointment only. Send a message to the Axiom to make an appointment on their Facebook
page at https://www.facebook.com/axiomoroville, or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/theaxiomoroville/?hl=en

The Axiom is located at 1420 Myers Street, Oroville 

The Oroville Rescue Mission is currently offering clothing vouchers that can be redeemed for $25 worth of clothing from their Thrift Store. The vouchers may be picked up at the Oroville Rescue Mission’s administrative office during its office hours. Individuals must show some form of identification to receive a clothing voucher.

Thrift store provides donated new and reusable items for sale including clothing, shoes, house wares, jewelry, books, tools, children’s toys, baby goods, furniture and more.

Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-4pm

Located at:

Administrative Office: 2150 Bird Street, Oroville
Thrift Store: 2130 Bird Street, Oroville

Offering various household supplies and clothing to Camp Fire and Bear/North Complex Fire survivors in the Gridley area. include new toiletries, household items like toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, pet food, and clothing.

Available to Bear and Camp Fire survivors, survivors must be able to present a valid photo ID and FEMA paperwork that matches fire impacted address or insurance paperwork that illustrates impact.

-Survivors may access the center once a week, and non-survivors are not permitted within the center even if accompanied by a survivor.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Butte-Wildfires-Distribution-Center-1487078011428149/

Located at: 893 Hazel Street, Gridley 95948. Survivors can drop in to access service on Tuesdays from 10am-1pm.

Offering clothing to anyone in need. The Oroville Hope Center warehouse contains organized racks of like-new clothing that are free to anyone in need. Guests can return once every two months for more clothing assistance, or if homeless, once every month.

Guests must provide some form of photo ID to access services.

Emergency Clothing Store Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10am-3pm (Last guest enters at 2:30 p.m.), closed the second week of each month.

Individuals may call or come to the Oroville location to ask for assistance.

Call: (530)538-8398.  Located at 2620 5th Avenue, Oroville


Shower & Laundry Resources

Haven of Hope on Wheels will continue to serve the community during the COVID-19 situation. Please see their website for location schedule updates here: havenofhopeonwheels.org/

Offers shower, toilet, and laundry services to individuals experiencing homelessness and fire survivors free of charge on a first-come-first-served basis. Showers are 15 minutes with 7 of those minutes being a timed hot shower which can be started when ready. Shampoo, body, and hand soap are provided in each shower room. Laundry pods will be provided for those utilizing laundry services. Available to adults ages 18 years or older experiencing homelessness and fire survivors. Children ages 17 and under may access services as long as they are accompanied by an adult. May accommodate families under special circumstances. Shoes, sleeping bags, and heavy items are excluded from laundry services. Individuals accessing the service may wash up to 2 sets of clothing. Individuals must check in at the Haven of Hope on Wheels table to receive a number and wait their turn. Dates and locations may vary. Check online on their website, Facebook page, or call for the most current schedule. Temporarily unavailable in Paradise, Berry Creek and Concow until further notice. It will still be available in Oroville on Tuesdays and Fridays as scheduled.

Current Schedule:

Tuesdays: 11:30am-2:30pm, 1200 Myers St, Oroville
Wednesdays: Temporarily unavailable
Thursdays: Temporarily unavailable
Fridays: 11:30am-2:30-pm, 515 Montgomery Street, Oroville.  Please note: no service on the 5th Fridays of each month.

Facebook page here: facebook.com/myhavenofhopeonwheels/

Website: havenofhopeonwheels.org

Phone: 530-693-4305 

Social Media Resources

Groups for those affected by the North Complex /Bear Fire to post personal needs and connect with other individuals that may be able to assist with resources. Please be aware, these groups are not nonprofit organizations or organized by a single entity and caution is advised when giving out personal information. These are listed as potential networking opportunities for survivors to connect with those providing information or help.

Providing a public Facebook group for donors and survivors of Bear Fire, Creek Fire, SCU, LNU, and CZU for help, support and connection to resources.

Online: http://bit.ly/bearfireFB

Public Facebook group to help connect individuals impacted by the fires with resources and community support.

Online: http://bit.ly/BearFireFBConnection

Facebook group to help organize information for all those who are helping or want to help with the needs of Butte County residents who have been displaced by wildfires.

Online: http://bit.ly/WildfireFBGroup