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

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