Elijah's Jar Serving the Community
of Foresthill, California

Foresthill's Emergency Food Closet

Elijah’s Jar is the only permanent year-round food closet in the Foresthill area.  We serve low income families, seniors, homeless, and disabled residents of the Foresthill Divide regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or religion.  This includes the foothill communities of Iowa Hill, Michigan Bluff, Baker Ranch and Yankee Jim as well as Foresthill. We are an isolated community without any scheduled transportation system. Our clients without their own transportation would be in very serious need if we were not there to help. 

Our 2016 yearly service totals show 37,134 meals distributed to 1,451 cumulative families representing 3,722 people including 888 children, 766 seniors. Among the clients serve were 721 disabled persons.  Thirty-two percent of our families (475) include one or more children under 18.  Elijah’s Jar averages nearly 350 people per month, which equates to more than 6% of the population of the Foresthill Divide.  As the costs of food and utilities increase every month, donations become ever more vital.

We try to provide food for at least nine meals per person, once per month. We also offer emergency clothing and when available toiletries, sheets, blankets, and towels.

In recent years we have see the greatest increase in the clients of senior age group. We believe that Jesus Christ has called us to help provide for the needs of the disadvantaged.  Since it's opening in March of 2003, our food closet has served over 1,000 families.

Elijah's Jar is a much needed outreach ministry of the Foresthill Christian community. We receive regular donations from the following churches:  Calvary Bible Church, Calvary Chapel Foresthill, Canyon View Assembly of God, St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Foresthill, the Foresthill Adventist, New Hope Lutheran.  However, these regularly committed donations cover less than 17% of our current monthly expenses.  

We receive no regular government funding and are fully dependant upon the generosity of many concerned people of the Foresthill area, as well as the service organizations, these churches, and occasional grants.

Elijah's Jar is a 501(c)3 non-profit, therefore, all your donations are tax deductible.  We are an all-volunteer organization.  

The Big Day of Giving, Thursday, May 4th, 2017

The Big Day of Giving (aka Big DOG) is an annual virtual fund raiser that can have a huge impact for a small community such as ours! Last year Elijah’s Jar, raised 10% of their income for 2016! Top Dog of Foresthill Contest

This is a social media driven fund raiser - so you can really help by liking and sharing our Facebook & Twitter posts!

Commonly Needed Non-Perishable Foods:

  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Canned meals i.e. chili, stews, tamales
  • Boxed “Complete Meals”
  • Healthy cereals (not sugar coated)
  • Peanut butter, jam, and honey
  • Hearty soups
  • Rice mixes i.e. "Rice-a-Roni"
  • Pasta sauce and spaghetti noodles
  • Pasta mixes i.e. "Hamburger Helper"
  • Canned fruits and vegetables

Please refrain from donating home canned, open, or out of date food items.


We Love Our Volunteers

Clothing & Toiletries Most Often Needed:

  • Men's jeans
  • Men's shirts
  • Summer shorts
  • Winter jackets
  • Sweats
  • Socks
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Baby diapers

We use whatever we can for our clients and then recycle excess donations to other local charities in need.