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 2012, the Food Bank distributed 23.2 million pounds of food, 53% 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%.
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 380,000 meals weekly.
Our systematic approach to alleviating hunger includes:
- One of California’s busiest – and most efficient – emergency food helplines
- A multilingual CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) 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