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 240 nonprofit agencies in Alameda County. In 2015, the Food Bank distributed 25 million meals -- more than half of the food was fresh fruits and vegetables. Our goal is to ensure every food insecure child, adult and senior in Alameda County knows where their next meal is coming from, by 2018.
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 240 strategically placed member agencies - food pantries, soup kitchens, child-care centers, senior centers, after-school programs and other community-based organizations - as well as our own direct-distribution programs, the Food Bank distributes enough food to provide 540,000 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