Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Willson

                        Every month, thousands of volunteers come through our doors to help sort food. But there are more ways to help. Emily Willson, 24, is a recent Cal State East Bay graduate and a community ambassador at Alameda County Social Services. As a volunteer […]

From Farm to Tables

How our team transforms truckloads of food into groceries for our community Nearly 600,000 meals worth of food will leave our warehouse this week. Over the next year, 34 million pounds will come through our facility. This only happens thanks to the brilliance of our Operations Team which is hard at work well before most […]

Five Steps to Get Involved in Anti-Hunger Advocacy

When you look around our offices, a group of desks are often conspicuously empty. That’s because our Advocacy Team is always on the road working with elected officials, local schools, anti-hunger advocates, and getting involved in other grassroots efforts to eradicate the ways our society creates poverty and inequity. Guess what? They need your help. […]

Three Ideas to Get Your Fundraising Creative Juices Flowing

So, you want to support the Food Bank. You want to pitch in, raise some money, and feel good about helping provide healthy food for our neighbors who rely on the Food Bank. Now all you need is the perfect idea. We’ve been astounded by the amazing ways people have decided to support us: From […]

So, does anti-hunger advocacy really make a difference?

Since the 2016 presidential election, we’ve heard from many in our community who want to join in our advocacy efforts against hunger and inequity. We’ve also heard the question, so can advocacy really make a difference? The short answer: Yes. The programs and policies that support low-income families and reduce food insecurity are only as […]

Hunger Advocate Spotlight: Steve Summers

During the height of the Great Recession, Steve Summers saw how the economic downturn was forcing families to struggle and causing food insecurity rates to spike. He too was impacted after losing his job and, eventually, his apartment. Though he had been volunteering in the Food Bank’s warehouse for years, he heard about our advocacy […]

CalFresh for Food Today—and Tomorrow

In 2001, Liz Gomez was managing Alameda County Community Food Bank’s emergency food helpline, connecting people with same day food assistance. She often noticed clients calling the helpline often weren’t enrolled in CalFresh, a federal nutrition program which, at the time, was called food stamps. “It became apparent people needed help applying,” Gomez said. Clients […]

30 Years, 30 Stories: Alonzo

5-year-old Alonzo enjoys a crunchy apple from our Mobile Pantry

We love seeing the smiles on children’s faces when they enjoy fresh fruit and veggies! Yet, too many Alameda County children face the possibility of a summer without healthy food. 5-year-old Alonzo is just one among thousands of children in our community who lives in a food insecure home. Only one week remains in Fields […]

“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: Janaye and Janette

During the school year, 5-year-old twins Janaye and Janette rely on free school breakfast and lunch for nutrition. Yet with summer break just around the corner, the girls now face the threat of several months without healthy food. Grandma’s slim fixed income simply isn’t enough to cover the extra cost. We need your help 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 […]