Member Agency Information
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Member Agency of the
Alameda County Community Food Bank!
To become a Member Agency, your organization must minimally meet the following. Some criteria may change, please check back for updates.
- 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.
- 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 2 p.m. This needs to take effect once you become a member.
- Be able to open a minimum of 8 hours 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.
- 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.
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