Member Agency Information

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Member Agency of the
Alameda County Community Food Bank!

For more information on becoming a Member Agency please email

To become a Member Agency, your organization must minimally meet the following. Some criteria may change, please check back for updates.

  1. 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.
  2. Operate a food pantry or hot meal program/soup kitchen that is open to walk-in clients.*
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Provide food directly to Alameda County individuals and families in need. At least 51% of your clients must be low-income.
  6. Be open at least 8 consistently scheduled hours per month on weekends and/or weekdays after 2 p.m. This needs to take effect once you become a member.
  7. Be able to open a minimum of 8 hours per month.
  8. Sign-up to be on the Emergency Food Helpline so that clients can be referred to your site.
  9. Have a refrigerator and a freezer.
  10. Have access to both a phone and a computer at least weekly.
  11. Distribute Food Bank food at no charge. Your agency may not ask for donations from clients for food.
  12. Not require clients to work or to attend any religious activities in exchange for food or meals.
  13. Follow Food Bank regulations such as (but not limited to) submitting monthly food distribution reports, attending annual food safety training and participating in quarterly agency meetings.
* 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.


We are especially interested in new member agencies that are located in: Benefits of Membership
  • Albany
  • Berkeley
  • 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)
  1. Free & low-cost food (including free farm-fresh produce)
  2. Free trainings & skill-building sessions
  3. Opportunities to apply for grants to increase agency capacity
  4. Access to free nutrition education, CalFresh (food stamp) outreach, and Emergency Food Helpline services