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: 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: Miss Florene

This week, we’re honored to feature our very own Florene Harbin, whose service dates back to nearly the Food Bank’s founding! As our Distribution Coordinator, Florene works with our network of 240 member agencies every day as they pick up fresh produce and healthy staples from our facilities.  Florene’s involvement with the Food Bank began […]

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: 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 — […]

“I give back because of how much I’ve been given.”

Just three days before Christmas, we met 27-year-old Sherricka at member agency Grace Baptist Church’s holiday toy and hot meal distribution. Alongside other volunteers, Sherricka distributed books, stuffed animals, racecars, and other gifts to nearly 200 children in her Oakland neighborhood, all eagerly waiting in line to hand-pick their holiday goodies. As a single mother […]