CALL Primrose Mission Statement: To compassionately address the issues of hunger and food insecurity within our community by providing free, healthy groceries to those in need.
Call Primrose provides free groceries to low income individuals and families along the mid-peninsula cities of Brisbane through San Carlos. Founded in 1983 as an information and referral service hotline, CALL Primrose became a drop-in food distribution site in early 1984, as grocery assistance quickly surfaced as the primary need of those seeking support. Since then CALL has provided emergency food, and referral services to thousands of our community’s most vulnerable. We continue to see a rise in the number of those in need coming to our Center for grocery assistance as the ever-increasing housing costs in our area have forced many low-income families to choose between paying rent and buying groceries. Through weekly grocery assistance from CALL, many low-income families are able to hold on to their housing without the burden of wondering how to feed themselves and their families. In 2019, CALL provided direct support to over 38,000 low income Peninsula residents through the distribution of more than 60,000 bags of groceries. Anyone in need of grocery support is welcome, and all services are free and confidential. CALL is also committed to providing volunteer opportunities to those who wish to serve in the community, with roughly 65 active volunteers on our roster who are the heart and soul of our organization.