Please join ACCFB staff, partners, and volunteers in keeping our community fed, informed, and ready to tell elected officials to support CalFresh and Food Bank funding.

What happened?

The CalFresh* Emergency Allotments began in 2020 as a temporary pandemic relief measure that afforded all eligible households the maximum SNAP benefit for their household size. Households that were already receiving the maximum benefit were guaranteed at least an additional $95 in Emergency Allotments. These allotments were instrumental in keeping countless households nourished through the pandemic, subsequent economic fallout, and recent spikes in inflation.

The final allotments were distributed in March 2023, meaning all SNAP-eligible households will see a dramatic decrease in benefits beginning in April 2023.

What is the impact?

More than 100,000 households in Alameda County will see an average reduction in benefits of $89 per month.

This decrease in benefits will result in a loss of 3.1 million meals per month in Alameda County, meaning that many of us who depend on CalFresh will be forced to lean heavily on food distributed by ACCFB and our network of partners.

And the reality is, we don’t have the capacity to cover a meal gap of this size alone so we need your help.

*What’s CalFresh?

CalFresh, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides monthly benefits to assist low-income individuals and households in purchasing the food they need to keep themselves nourished. Two-thirds of people who receive SNAP are children, older adults, and people living with disabilities. Most importantly, SNAP gives families the dignity to choose the food they want for their own cultural and dietary needs — or simply, their preferences!

Take Action!
Because #HungerIsStillAnEmergency


Do you need food today? We can help.

Our team can connect you to free groceries or hot meals as soon as possible. Visit our Food Locator on to find locations near you today.

Or you can call our Emergency Food Helpline at
1-510-635-3663. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Donate today and your gift will be DOUBLED by a generous group of Food Bank friends — up to $40,000. With this special match every $1 you donate helps provide 4 meals worth of food!

Virtual Food Drives are a great way to get your friends, coworkers, and family to help “shop” for our most needed items such as milk, eggs, and fresh produce. Start your Virtual Food Drive today!


Can you lend a hand? With the increased need for food in the community comes the increased need for help in our warehouse and at partner organizations across Alameda County. Volunteering is a fun and impactful way to give back to the community you are part of!

Volunteer at our Warehouse. Shifts in our Community Engagement Center are essential to our daily impact. You’ll sort fresh produce, prepare emergency food boxes, and help our agency partners loading their cars with food.

Volunteer in the Community. Partner agencies throughout Alameda County need volunteers to help distribute food at neighborhood distributions.


Our voices are stronger together. Join us as we hold our elected officials accountable and ensure they protect, strengthen, and expand equitable access to CalFresh. As the nation’s first line of defense against hunger, CalFresh is a genuinely equitable and inclusive tool for fighting poverty. You have the power to protect this important community resource today!

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