About Us

Visalia Emergency Aid Council has a rich history of support to families, children, seniors and individuals in our community. VEAC was founded in 1931 by a group of Visalia citizens concerned over the welfare of the many dust-bowl immigrant families living in poverty on the outskirts of town. Fast forward over 80 years and VEAC remains a constant source of food support for low-income households. Our firm belief that “no child should go to bed hungry” fuels our passion to help low-income households stabilize the family environment by relieving the stress of food insecurity. Partnering with like-minded social service agencies such as Family Services, CSET, Proteus, Community Food Bank of Central CA, Foodlink of Tulare County and others, our mission is to improve the lives of hard-working families by providing food, clothing and household goods to families, seniors and individuals.

Our service area consists of the Visalia Unified School District encompassing the city limits of Visalia, communities of Goshen and Ivanhoe, along with large areas of unincorporated Tulare County.


Families Served in 2016


Children Served in 2016


Volunteer Hours


Years of Service

Food Pantry

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 8am-5pm, 3rd & 4th Saturday of each month 8am-12pm 217 NE Third Ave.

VEAC operates the largest food pantry in Tulare County and serves over 1,100 families per month. Located in the County Seat, Visalia, California, our pantry is located in the heart of Visalia’s poorest neighborhoods. VEAC also serves the surrounding outlying unincorporated communities of Goshen and Ivanhoe in Tulare County, California through our mobile pantries.

The food pantry offers nutritious, high-protein foods to all qualifying individuals regardless of race, creed, gender, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or religion that are experiencing a provisional crisis. The VEAC food pantry, staff and volunteers, work together to receive and distribute supplemental food to over 1,100 families (2,000+children) each month. The food pantry also assists with clothing, personal–care items, diapers, baby formula, and household products.

Thrift Store

Monday-Saturday 9 am-7 pm Sunday 10am-5pm 620 W. Houston:

The thrift store is a key funding source for our food pantry, special programs and administration. The thrift store offers affordable clothing, furniture, appliances, and household items to our community. The VEAC Thrift Store also gives back to the community through the VEAC voucher program. The vouchers are used to assist low income families and others in various circumstances of need by offering merchandise at no cost. This program is widely used by our community partners: The District Attorney’s office, Visalia Police Department, Women’s Shelter, and the Visalia Unified School District.
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