Holiday Round Up: How Can I Help the Food Bank?


The holidays are one of the busiest times of year for the Food Bank, as demand spikes and we need all the support we can get.

Luckily, dozens of local businesses make it super simple to donate while you’re out and about. Whether you’re out picking up dinner or getting a head start on holiday shopping, it couldn’t be easier to support the Food Bank and ensure everyone in our community has enough healthy food—this holiday season and beyond.

While you're out grocery shopping...

whole_foods_market_green_logoWhole Foods Market: Nourish a family while shopping at your local Whole Foods Market by donating at the register or dropping healthy food into the bins.

Safeway: Through the end of the year, purchase a pre-filled, nutritious bag of food for just $10. Just rip off a yellow ticket at the store entrance and hand it to your cashier.

Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx: Fund a meal by simply picking up a meal coupon and handing it over at the register.

Sprouts Farmer’s Market: Purchase a Grab ’n Give bag at a 10 percent discount, filled with essential holiday ingredients and healthy staples that will be enjoyed by a family in our community.

New Leaf Community Markets: When you’re checking out at the New Leaf store in Pleasanton, simply tell your cashier you'd like to make a donation.

Berkeley Bowl: Drop a healthy non-perishable item in one of our food drive barrels on your way out.

While you're getting a head start on holiday shopping...

green-logo_400x400The Gardner: On Saturday, December 10th, The Gardner will donate 5 percent of all sales to Bay Area Food Banks.

Crate and Barrel: If you donate at least $5 at Crate & Barrel in Berkeley, you’ll receive a CD from an emerging artist as a thank you. All donations are split 50/50 between Feeding America and ACCFB.

While you're grabbing some food (or dessert)...

Erik’s DeliCafé:
When you opt for several special menu items, Erik’s will donate a meal as well. (All locations are participating, but Alameda County locations benefit us.)

eriksdelicafeFenton’s Creamery: Twenty-five percent of proceeds from Peppermint Joy sundaes will help support our work. As December’s Sundae of the Month, Peppermint Joy, includes peppermint and chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, diced roasted almonds and house-made peppermint bark.

George & Walt’s: This local spot is celebrating its 70th Anniversary by supporting ACCFB! On weekends all December, 70₵ from beers will come to us, and the bar is hosting a 50/50 raffle that will be drawn on on Sunday, December 18 at 4pm.

Elephant Bar:
A portion of the proceeds from a delicious, $20 price-fixe menu will be donated through Dec. 24.

Berkeleyside and Spats: On December 15th, from 6-9pm, Berkeleyside editors and staff are trying their hand at bartending at Spats in downtown Berkeley. All tips to the guest bartenders and raffle proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank.

While you're kicking back with some football...

Kick-HungerTaste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge: Throughout the NFL season, be an MVP in the fight to end hunger through the Kick Hunger Challenge. All donations made through the Oakland Raiders fundraising page will come directly to us.


Are we missing a local business that’s fundraising for us? Let us know so we can be sure to say thanks, and include them in this list. Email

Sweet treats to sponsor the Food Bank

All December long, Fentons Creamery in Oakland will be serving its extra-tasty "Sundae of the Month", the Peppermint Joy Sundae. Featuring the perfect combo of peppermint and chocolate ice cream, swirled in hot fudge, whipped cream, diced roasted almonds, and house-made peppermint bark with a cherry on top, 25% of each sundae will benefit the Food Bank! Thank you, Fentons, for helping to fight hunger in our neighborhoods.


Strike Out Hunger with the Oakland A’s!



Oakland A’s Food Bank Wednesdays are back! Look for the Alameda County Community Food Bank tent during all Wednesday A’s home games from May through September.

For a donation of $5 or 5 cans of food, you’ll receive a 2-for-1 voucher for a plaza ticket to a future A’s home game – and help a great cause!

Upcoming games:

  • June 1st vs. Twins (12:35pm)
  • June 15th vs. Rangers (7:05pm)
  • June 22nd vs. Brewers (12:35pm)
  • June 29th vs. Giants (7:05pm)
  • July 20th vs. Astros (12:35pm)
  • August 10th vs. Orioles (7:05pm)
  • August 24th vs. Indians (12:35pm)
  • September 7th vs. Angels (12:35pm)

See you at the ballpark!


Homeruns for Hunger!

1st Credit Union For the fifth baseball season in a row, 1st United Credit Union and 95.7 THE GAME have been proud sponsors of the Homeruns for Hunger program! For each homerun the Oakland A’s hit during this season, 1st USCU will make a $50 donation to our Food Bank.

Since 2012, 1st United Credit Union has donated over $33,000 -- the equivalent of 75,000 meals -- to Alameda County Community Food Bank as a result of the A's success. Here's to another season filled with success and team spirit!

Golden Holiday Gifts

Golden CU 1stA huge Food Bank “thanks” to The Golden 1 Credit Union and their employees for their support this holiday season! In addition to their holiday food drive, they recently visited the Food Bank for a tour and to deliver a very generous gift of $2,000.

Because the Food Bank can distribute $6 worth of food for every $1 donated, their donation will help provide $12,000 worth of food to our neighbors in need!

Goodguys 34th All American Get-Together


Don’t miss the Goodguys 34th All American Get-Together Giant Automotive Festival at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Saturday & Sunday, March 19 & 20. This year, Goodguys Rod is hosting a food and fund drive to benefit Alameda County Community Food Bank. Bring 2 non-perishable food items or donate $3 or more and get a $3 discount off general admission to the show.

Visit for more information.

KFOG: Live from the Archives 22

kfog_logo_2010Once again, KFOG-FM has released its annual benefit CD, Live from the Archives 22, to raise funds for Bay Area food banks! Find the CD on sale at any Peet's Coffee & Tea, or at Funds from last year's sales allowed Bay Area food banks, together, to provide our communities with nearly half a million meals!

HOOPS for Hunger!

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For years now, 1st United Services Credit Union has partnered with 95.7 The Game to bring us "Homeruns for Hunger." Together, their efforts have provided our community with nearly 100,000 meals.

Now, they're teaming up for another (quite literally) game-changing initiative: Hoops for Hunger.

For every Warrior’s regular season basket scored, 1st USCU will donate $1 to our Food Bank!

Thank you, 1st USCS and 95.7 The Game, for your relentless and passionate partnership in pursuing a hunger-free Alameda County.

This October, shine bright with Sungevity!

SungevityFor more than a year now, Oakland-based solar company Sungevity has been shining a light on our Food Bank! Not only have they donated the equivalent of more than 112,000 meals to our community, but they continue to support our work through the Sungevity Affinity program.

As a Sungevity partner, we receive a $1,000 donation -- enough to feed a family of four for over six months -- for every supporter who goes solar with Sungevity through a Food Bank referral. And we've got great news: for the month of October, you'll receive a $1,000 rebate, too!

Take advantage of this offer by October 31 -- it's good for our community, good for the planet, and good for you.


Pleasanton Harvest Festival

Support Alameda County Community Food Bank as it hosts its annual food drive at the Pleasanton Harvest Festival, happening September 18-20, 2015 at the Alameda Fairgrounds.harvestfestlogo

Food Bank volunteers will be on-site collecting food and monetary donations, and anyone who donates will receive a $2 discount off of admission!

Shop for jewelry, clothing, hand-turned wood, artisanal foods, and more. Bring your kids to the hands-on craft making area. And help the Food Bank serve the 1 in 5 Alameda County residents who depend on us — on you – to get through tough times. The Harvest Festival is one of the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast, offering over 24,000 handmade arts and crafts, delicious foods and fantastic live entertainment.

For additional information, call 800-346-1212 or visit