“Food is the Fuel”

Every day, we are touched by the stories of the neighbors we serve. Thank you so much, Dominic, for your creativity and thoughtfulness! My name is Dominic Pablo Ahilon, and I am a 11th grade student at Oakland International High School, where we have a Food Truck come every month to give healthy food to […]

30 Years, 30 Stories: Don C.

People come to our Food Bank for many reasons .. and we welcome them all! For 83-year-old Don, it was a community service requirement for a traffic ticket that brought him through our doors. Yet, even after Don had completed enough volunteer hours to fulfill his service obligation, he couldn’t stay away! Don found his […]

30 Years, 30 Stories: Edlyn

This past Wednesday, Edlyn Countee woke bright and early to join us on a bus to Sacramento for Hunger Action Day. With eloquence and conviction, Edlyn led a group of community members into legislators’ offices to educate them on the reality of hunger and poverty in Alameda County. Not only is she a fierce community […]

30 Years, 30 Stories: Empty Bowls

For nearly a decade, our Food Bank has gathered folks from every corner of our community for Empty Bowls, an annual family-friendly evening of art, nourishment and advocacy! Not only do guests enjoy a delicious soup dinner, live music, a thrilling silent auction and more, they do all this while helping to nourish families in […]

30 Years, 30 Stories: Jessica

Every day, we welcome a variety of guests through our doors: clients who come to apply for CalFresh, volunteers ready to sort fresh produce, and often, community members who swing by to deliver donations! After learning about hunger recently at her preschool, 4-year-old Jessica arrived at our Food Bank with Mom. They gifted us a […]

30 Years, 30 Stories: Rich

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we’re featuring Rich, one of our most dedicated and passionate supporters — and the volunteer that’s been with us the longest! After retiring from his career as a computer scientist, Rich was searching for a meaningful way to give back to the community. In 1999, he joined us as […]

30 Years, 30 Stories: 4th Annual Cesar Chavez Day

On March 31, more than 200 volunteers from groups such as the Girl Scouts, the District Attorney’s office, BuildOn, and AmeriCorps joined forces to sort and package enough food to provide our community with 54,000 meals! Together, they honored Cesar Chavez’s legacy of remarkable leadership and activism. Day after day, we’re grateful for our corps […]

30 Years, 30 Stories: Promotores

The Food Bank’s commitment to nourishing our community extends beyond distributing healthy food. This year, we launched our Promotores Program, which engages parents in the community to teach their peers and families about healthy eating! At the most recent training with our promotores at East Oakland Pride Elementary, Nutrition Manager Jenny gave a lesson on […]

30 Years, 30 Stories: Warriors and Lucky Food Drive

This past Tuesday at the Golden State Warriors’ 3rd annual food drive in partnership with Lucky Supermarkets, fans of all ages gathered at the Alameda Lucky for an afternoon of barbeque, meet-and-greet with players Mo Speights and Brandon Rush, raffle prizes, oreo stacking, games, and face painting! The entry fee? Just a $10 donation to […]

“It’s getting worse as I get older.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kate Cheyne, Research Manager, joined us in December 2014 to establish a research program that will speak to the challenges low-income adults and children face in Alameda County, and the health impacts of food insecurity and food bank services. She believes poverty is man-made, rooted in inequity, and can be similarly undone […]

30 Years, 30 Stories: Wildwood Family Volunteer Night

Last night, we were thrilled to host a group of more than 60 parents and children from Wildwood Elementary for Family Volunteer Night! Together, they sorted and bagged 6,000 pounds of sweet pears for other families in our community. The fun-filled night also featured a tasty nutrition activity — make your own fruit kebabs — […]

All In to End Hunger 2020

On January 28, 2015, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan — in addition to representatives from food justice coalitions, other feeding organizations, legislator’s offices, and more — gathered in our Food Bank’s Community Engagement Center to launch “All In to End Hunger 2020”.   This new initiative, a key component of Supervisor Chan’s new war on […]