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Community is our middle name and Alameda County is one we’re so proud to be part of.

From Steph Curry and Klay Thompson of the Warriors, to Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien of the A’s, to local rapper G-Eazy and KMEL – and of course YOU! – we really felt embraced by our community this holiday season.

Hunger relief gets an “A” (or two) for effort

A’s third baseman Matt Chapman and A’s shortstop Marcus Semien spent an afternoon at the Food Bank to help sort food and learn about our efforts to end hunger.

“We’re pretty blessed to be able to play Major League Baseball and be healthy and provide for our families. We come from families where we’re more fortunate than some, so I think to be able to give back and help some people in need around this time is great,” Matt Chapman said in an interview on 95.7 The Game.

The day wouldn’t have been complete without a visit from A’s mascot, Stomper, who helped spread the holiday cheer among our volunteers.

Community Warriors supporting neighbors in need

We were honored to be part of Christmas with the Currys pop-up village. Stephen and Ayesha Curry provided an afternoon of free services and celebration right before Christmas. Everything from live music to vaccines to showers were provided. And, our Mobile Pantry was on-hand to provide groceries to the community.

Klay Thompson’s foundation also provided toys and groceries to students at New Highland Academy and Rise Community School in East Oakland. There, we distributed healthy holiday groceries to 200 families.

Broadcasting their support for our community

One of the Bay’s favorite radio stations, KMEL, helped us collect food donations during their sixth annual Sana Claus Food and Toy Drive. The Sana G. Morning Show broadcasted live, urging listeners to drop off non-perishable food donations. Local rapper G-Eazy dropped by to support the Food Bank and the food drive.

And then there was YOU

Last but not least, you stepped up during the holidays in a big way. You heard our call for help to fill our fundraising gap in December. You helped us bring hope to our neighbors and gave the 1 in 5 people we serve a healthier start to the New Year.

We’re incredibly grateful for our community’s support. Thanks to you, we’re coming into 2019 energized and ready to continue our fight against hunger.