The Alameda County Community Food Bank has been in business since 1985 ... with a vision toward a day when we can go out of business. We are the hub of a vast collection and distribution network that provides food for 275 nonprofit agencies in Alameda County. In 2011, the Food Bank distributed 20.9 million pounds of food – 54% of it fresh fruits and vegetables.
Since moving into our permanent facility near the Oakland Airport in 2005 and leading the national food bank movement for a ban on the distribution of carbonated beverages, the Food Bank has ramped up distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables by more than 1,000%.
To alleviate hunger by providing nutritious food and nutrition education to people in need, educating the public, and promoting public policies that address hunger and its root causes.
What We Do
Through a network of 275 strategically placed member agencies – food pantries, soup kitchens, child-care centers, senior centers, after-school programs and other community-based organizations – the Food Bank distributes enough food for 300,000 meals weekly.
Our systematic approach to alleviating hunger includes:
- One of California’s busiest – and most efficient – emergency food helplines
- A multilingual food stamp outreach program which serves as the blueprint for programs across the nation
- Dynamic hunger and nutrition education programs
- An innovative advocacy program that promotes policies to benefit low-income residents
A nonprofit organization, the Alameda County Community Food Bank affiliations include Feeding America (formerly named America’s Second Harvest), California Association of Food Banks and the California Hunger Action Coalition.
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Emergency Food Helpline (for Alameda County residents): (800) 870-FOOD (3663)