By Judy Grant, lead volunteer Six years ago, I joined my church service group for a volunteer shift at the Food Bank after putting it off for a few months. 1,646 volunteer hours later, I’m still here. At the time,
On a Thursday morning at Union City Apostolic Church, Irma Colon is answering questions from a line of guests, and making sure her volunteers have everything they need for a busy day. It’s time for their weekly food distribution, and
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
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. Now all you need is the perfect idea. We’ve been astounded by the
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.