Thank you for your interest in becoming a Member Agency of the
Alameda County Community Food Bank!
Hunger is a year-round issue in our community. The Food Bank is looking for new partners that provide food bags and/or hot meals to Alameda County community members year-round.
The new agency application period for 2013 has closed. The next agency application period will be in early 2014.
Information for the 2014 new agency application process will be posted in December 2013. The information below is from 2013 and is shown to provide a sample of what the membership process and requirements will most likely be in 2014.
We are especially interested in new member agencies that are located in:
Benefits of Membership
- Downtown Oaland/Chinatown (94612 zip code)
- East Oakland- Eastlake area (94601 & 94606 zip codes)
- North Oakland (94612 & 94609 zip codes)
- San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland areas
- Tri-Cities area (Fremont, Newark, Union City)
- Free & low-cost food (including free farm-fresh produce)
- Free trainings & skill-building sessions
- Opportunities to apply for grants to increase agency capacity
- Access to free nutrition education, CalFresh (food stamp) outreach, and Emergency Food Helpline services
To become a Member Agency your organization must:
- Operate a food pantry or hot meal program/soup kitchen that is open to walk-in clients.*
- Be a non-profit, charitable organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. (Other 501c organizations, such as 501c5, do not qualify).
Note: Your organization will need to provide a copy of its federal 501(c)(3) certification before you attend the first New Agency Training session.
- Distribute food regularly for at least 3 months prior to applying for membership. Your agency must be able to show records of service for this food program.
- Provide food directly to Alameda County individuals and families in need. At least 51% of your clients must be low-income.
- Be open at least 8 consistently scheduled hours per month on weekends and/or weekdays after 2pm. This needs to take effect once you become a member.
- Pick-up Food Bank food at least 1 time per month.
- Sign-up to be on the Emergency Food Helpline so that clients can be referred to your site.
- Have a refrigerator and a freezer.
- Have access to both a phone and a computer at least weekly.
- Distribute Food Bank food at no charge. Your agency may not ask for donations from clients for food.
- Not require clients to work or to attend any religious activities in exchange for food or meals.
- Be willing to follow Food Bank regulations such as (but not limited to) submitting monthly food distribution reports and taking food safety training once per year.
* Please note: The Food Bank is not accepting new non-emergency programs at this time. Non-emergency programs include day cares, afterschool programs, rehabilitation centers, treatment centers, residential programs, or shelters.
New Member Agency Application Process:
- Contact the Food Bank's Agency Services staff to let us know about your interest in Food Bank membership. We will add your contact information to a list of interested partners. We will send you more information about the 2014 application process in December 2013. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 510-635-3663 x387.
- Attend 2 New Agency Trainings. At least 2 staff/volunteers from your agency must attend BOTH of the trainings. We welcome (and highly encourage) agencies to bring up to 4 staff/volunteers from their agency to attend each training. Each training is 3 hours long and held at the Food Bank.
Submit a New Member Agency Application. Applications will be provided at the trainings. Applications can only be submitted after at least 2 staff/volunteers from your agency have completed the 2 trainings.
Complete a successful site visit at your agency. Food Bank Agency Services staff will visit your site to see your program, facilities, and review food safety policies.
Applications will be reviewed by the Agency Relations Committee. The Agency Relations Committee is made of staff/volunteers from member agencies. The Agency Relations Committee reviews all applications and will select member agencies that are eligible to join the Food Bank.
- Training 1: Orientation to the Alameda County Community Food Bank & How to Run a Member Agency Food Program
- Training 2: Orientation to the Alameda County Community Food Bank & How to Run a Member Agency Food Program
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the
Food Bank’s Agency Services team at (510) 635-3663 ext. 387 or email email@example.com
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Emergency Food Helpline (for Alameda County residents): (800) 870-FOOD (3663)