Food and Fund Drives
Alameda County Community Food Bank serves 1 in 5 county residents. Food & Fund Drives are a vital resource for our neighbors facing hunger.
Hosting a big red barrel (or two) in your office building, school, religious organization, etc. is the perfect way for co-workers, friends and family to be directly involved in the Food Bank’s mission. Sign up and get started now!
Or start a Virtual Food Drive and multiply your donation four-fold by doing our shopping for us.
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Or download a printer-friendly form
Resources for a Successful Food Drive
- Downloadable Food Drive Poster (PDF file)
- Shopping List
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Tips for a Successful Food Drive
- ESPAÑOL: Volante informativo para ayudarle con su campaña de comida
If you prefer, we can walk you through the sign-up process for a traditional barrel drive over the phone. Call the Food Drive hotline at (510) 635-3663 ext. 318. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Annual food drives
Letter Carriers' Food Drive (May 9, 2015)
During the National Association of Letter Carriers (www.nalc.org) Food Drive, the nation's largest one-day effort, local postal workers collect non-perishable food donations that people set out at their mailboxes. This huge collection drive raises food to help Bay Area Food Banks ready themselves for summer, when emergency food requests increase dramatically.
In 2013, the drive raised over 128,000 pounds of food. Bay Area residents are encouraged to put a bag of healthy, non-perishable food, such as canned vegetables and fruits, tuna fish, peanut butter, rice, dry beans and pasta, near their home or business mailbox on the morning of Saturday, May 10th. Letter carriers will pick up the food when the mail is delivered and bring it to a local food bank.
If you missed your letter carrier, you can drop your donations at one of these sites across the county:
3600 Norbridge Road
200 Civic Plaza Place
2400 Stevenson Blvd
6300 Civic Terrace Ave
34007 Alvarado Niles Blvd
Click here for year-round collection locations
Summer Food Drive (June 1 – Aug. 31, 2015)Summer vacation can mean the end to the nutritious meals that many children on school lunch programs have. (click to see more)
For many children who rely on school lunch programs, summer vacation can mean the end to their only nutritious meal of the day. In 2013, we collected 95,000 pounds of food.
This summer, Alameda County Community Food Bank is working hard to promote awareness about the summer lunch sites available throughout the county and providing people with the nutritious food that they need. Let’s work together to close the summer lunch gap and make a difference in the lives of children in our community!
High Holy Days Food Drive (Sept. 13 – Sept. 23, 2015)Synagogues and community organizations in Alameda County unite in their efforts to gather food. (click to see more)
Synagogues and community organizations in Alameda County unite in their efforts to gather food for people in need with the High Holy Days Food Drive. The food drive runs from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur each year. Participation in the High Holy Days is easy. We will supply you with collection barrels and promotional materials to encourage donations.
In 2013, the Food Bank raised OVER 29,000 pounds of food during the High Holy Days, thanks to our wonderful partners in the community!
Holiday Food & Fund Drive (Oct. 1, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016)Help us meet increased demand this holiday season! Start a traditional barrel drive. (click to see more)
The Food Bank is serving 1 in 6 residents of Alameda County – nearly half of them children. The 2013 holiday season may mark the highest demand for emergency food ever!
Help us meet increased demand this holiday season! Start a traditional barrel drive at your work, school or organization and keep our shelves stocked with much-needed non-perishable staples like cereal, canned meat and fish, and pasta. Or start a Virtual Food Drive – for every $1 you donate we can distribute $6 worth of food to children, seniors and families in need.
In 2013, the Holiday Food & Fund Drive raised over 725,000 pounds of food and over $288,000 from companies and individuals hosting barrels and virtual food drives.
Thanks to our Holiday Food & Fund Drive sponsors!
Scouting For Food (November, 2015)The Boy Scouts of America demonstrates how youth can have a positive impact in their own community. (click to see more)
The Boy Scouts of America "Scouting For Food" Food Drive demonstrates how youth can have a positive impact on a serious problem in their own community and involves more than 40,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers and Explorers throughout the Bay Area. On Saturday, November 15, residents are asked to fill a bag with nutritious, non-perishable food, then place it outside their front doors before 9:00 a.m. Scouts from ten Bay Area councils will collect the food and deliver it to Bay Area Food Banks.
General Food Drive (year-round)Hunger is a year-round problem. Host a barrel in your office, school or other organization any time of year! (click to see more)
Food & Fund Drives are a vital resource for our neighbors facing hunger – but our community cannot afford to wait until the holiday season. Sign up and get started now!
School Food Drive (March 1 – 31, 2016)The School Food Drive helps collect food for hungry families while educating students about hunger in their own community. (click to see more)
One in three children in Alameda County face the threat of hunger every day.
In 2012, we collected 15,000 pounds from 42 schools throughout the county. Parkmont Elementary in Fremont blew us away with 1,990 pounds collected! The drive helps collect food for hungry families while educating students about hunger in their own community and empowering them to address local problems. This annual school food drive is open to schools in Alameda County from kindergarten through college.
March also marks National Nutrition Month. This food drive provides an opportunity to learn about healthy eating and nutritional guidelines. Food drive participants will receive collection bins, information as well as tips for conducting a successful food drive. Educational presentations are available upon request. Student groups are encouraged to visit the Food Bank and volunteer.
Lenten Food Drive (Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday)During the Lenten season, Alameda County Community Food Bank invites local churches to help us feed the hungry in our community. (click to see more)
This Lenten season, Alameda County Community Food Bank invites local churches to help us feed the hungry in our community. While many Christians make the choice to adopt Lent as a time of fasting and abstinence, some of our neighbors do not have a choice. Your church can help by participating in our annual Lenten Food Drive, in which you can host food drive barrels and ask parishioners to donate food and/or money. The drive starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter.
Participation in the Lenten Food Drive is easy. We will supply you with collection barrels and promotional materials to encourage donations.
In 2013, we collected almost 10,000 lbs. of food from 28 organizations. Special thanks to St. Mary's College High School for bringing in over 3,300 pounds of food during this drive in 2013!