Volunteer in the Community!

Partner agencies throughout Alameda County need volunteers to help distribute food at neighborhood distributions. See below for different volunteer needs in our community.

Berkeley | Emeryville | Hayward | Oakland | San Leandro/San Lorenzo | Tri-Cities | Tri-Valley


Berkeley Food Pantry
1600 Sacramento St, Berkeley, CA 94702

  • Day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Shift: 2-hour shifts between 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Work: Set-up, food distribution and clean-up. Also seeking drivers with larger vehicles (SUV and truck) to pick up food from grocery partners.
  • Contact: Please email Aram Antaramian


Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program (ECAP)
3610 San Pablo Avenue, Emeryville, CA 94608

  • Day: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Shift: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Work: Food distribution. Bilingual Cantonese and Mandarin client assistance.
  • Contact: Please call Bobby Miller at 510-499-1263

1285 66th Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

  • Day: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Shift: 9:15 AM – 12:30 PM kitchen help; 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM delivery
  • Work: Help prepare or deliver hot lunches to seniors
  • Contact: Sign up here


Cherryland Elementary
456 Laurel Avenue, Hayward, CA 94541

  • Day: Thursdays
  • Shift: 9:00 AM -11:00 AM
  • Work: Set up tables, bag produce, lift 25-pound boxes. Weekly commitment preferred.
  • Contact: Please email Rosemary Vazquez

South Hayward Parish
27287 Patrick Avenue Hayward, CA 94544

    • Day: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    • Shift: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM food packing; 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM food distribution
    • Work: Packing dry goods and produce. Assisting with walk-up distribution. Set up and clean up. Masks and COVID-19 vaccination or proof of negative test required.
    • Contact: For pre pack shift, sign up here
      For Distibution shift, sign up here For Shelter shift, sign up here


94601 East Oakland/Fruitvale

Agnes Memorial Church of God in Christ
2372 International Blvd.,  Oakland, CA 94601

  • Day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday indoor walkup
  • Shift: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (starts in October)
  • Work: Help start this pantry service back up. Work will include set-up, distributing food, toiletries and eventually clothing.
  • Contact: Please email Billie J. Simmons

Bay Area Street Pantry
4804 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601

  • Day: Friday outdoor walkup
  • Shift: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Work: Set up tables for client choice pantry, help direct clients. Vaccinations required.
  • Contact: Sign up here

Mercy Brown Bag
3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601

  • Day: Monday through Friday, indoor walkup pantry
  • Shift: 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM.
  • Work: Assist seniors shop for groceries at pantry and support warehouse with unloading and preparing produce. Masks required.
  • Contact: Sign up here

The Unity Council
3301 12th St. Oakland, CA 94601

  • Day: Wednesday outdoor walkup
  • Shift: 9:15 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Work: Unpacking boxes, set up tables and distribute food. Vaccination required.
  • Contact: Sign up here

94603 East Oakland

A Greater Grace Community Services
10701 International Blvd. Oakland, CA  94603

  • Day: Wednesday & Friday both walk-up and drive-through
  • Shift: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM (partial days are ok)
  • Work: Bagging food, fruit and vegetables, distributing bags, directing cars and walkup clients. Masks  required.
  • Contact: Email Pastor Phillips or call 510-740-4154.

Grace Baptist Church
705 98th Ave, Oakland, CA  94603

  • Day: Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Shift: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Work: Spanish, Cantonese/Mandarin language support. Loading and unloading deliveries, assisting with intake and food distributions. Masks  required.
  • Contact: Email Lola Hardy or call 510-504-934​8.


Faith Visionary Services
2680 64th Ave, Oakland, CA  94605

  • Day: 2nd and 4th Wednesday
  • Shift: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM set-up; 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM distribution and clean up. Masks required.
  • Contact: Email Barbara Harris or call 510-564-6207.

94606 East Peralta and Lake Merritt

13th Avenue Church of Christ
1300 E. 24th St. Oakland, CA 94606

  • Day: 2nd & 4th Saturday outdoor walkup starting in October
  • Shift: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
  • Work: Indoor prep work and outdoor distribution. Masks required, vaccinations preferred.
  • Contact: Email Elijah Massequoi or call 510-485-2927.

Foundation for a Better Life Center
1520 8th Ave. Oakland,  CA 94606

  • Day: 4th Saturday indoor prep work and outdoor walk-up distribution
  • Shift: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Work: Opening food boxes, packing, and distributing pantry bags. Masks required for unvaccinated volunteers.
  • Contact: Email LeVon Wortham or call 510-423-1702.

Israelite Missionary Baptist Church
2043 E 21st St. Oakland,  CA 94606

  • Day: 3rd Friday
  • Shift: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Work: Indoor prep work for distribution. (not the distribution itself.) Lifting boxes, unloading food from vehicles, putting away food from ACCFB’s food delivery and setting up for the Saturday distribution. Masks and vaccination are preferred.
  • Contact: Email Rev. Kevin Ary or call 925-639-6500.

Lake Merritt United Methodist Church
330 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland, CA  94606

  • Day: Monday through Friday, indoor walkup pantry
  • Shift/work: Mondays 2:00 – 4:00 PM prepare bagged lunches indoors; Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30 AM-1:00 PM deliver meals to unhoused neighbors around Lake Merritt; 4th Friday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM food pantry setup; 4th Saturday 8:00 AM-10:30 AM outdoor food distribution. Vaccination and masks required
  • Contact: Sign up here

New Abundant Life
1845 E. 15th St. Oakland, CA  94606

  • Day: Saturdays
  • Shift/work: 10 AM-12:00 PM Help move boxes, distribute food and help register clients. Bilingual Mandarin/Cantonese language support.
  • Contact: Jacqueline Portillo 415-374-6332

94607 Chinatown

Asian Health Services
810 Jackson St. Oakland, CA 94607

  • Day: 1st Wednesday, outdoor walkup
  • Shift: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Work: Cantonese/Mandarin language support. Lifting, distributing food, and data entry to assist with client surveys. Masks/vaccination required.
  • Contact: Email Tina Chen or call 510-388-1913.

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
285 12th St. Oakland, CA  94607

  •  Day: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
  • Shift: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Work: Cantonese/Mandarin language support, set up cleanup and food distribution. Background check required for anyone over 18.
  • Contact: Email Lily Hu or call 510-693-3049.

Spectrum Community Services
935 Union St, Oakland, CA 94607

  • Day: Weekday home meal delivery
  • Shift: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Work: Distribute Meals on Wheels lunches.
  • Contact: Sign up here

F.A.C.E.S of the East Bay
4130 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA  94609

    • Day: 1st and 3rd Wednesday indoor pantry distribution, Every Thursday deliver food to encampments.
    • Shift: 9:00 AM- Noon Wednesday pantry; Thursday 7:00 AM-10:00 AM prep and deliver to encampments
    • Work: Sorting and bagging food, assisting at pantry. Preparing and distributing bags to unsheltered residents. Remote volunteering also available for marketing, outreach and fundraising. Pantry coordinator needed, paid stipend. Volunteers also needed to assist with shopping at the  food bank. Vehicle not required.
    • Contact: Dr. Evelyn Wesley 510-847-5764.


St. Bernard Church
1620 62nd Ave., Oakland 94621

    • Day: Thursdays
    • Shift: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Work: Distributing food boxes, registering, and directing clients, set up and clean up. Bilingual Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Spanish support. Masks required, vaccination preferred. Ongoing help needed,one-time volunteers welcome.
    • Contact: Email Melissa Gonzalez

San Leandro/San Lorenzo

All Saints Episcopal Church
911 Dowling Blvd, San Leandro, CA 94577

  • Day: 1st & 3rd Saturday, indoor walkup
  • Shift: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Work: Bagging and carting groceries and produce, restocking tables, recycling management and cleanup. Vaccination and masks required.
  • Contact: Sign up here

Davis Street Community Center
3081 Teagarden St. San Leandro, CA  94577

  • Day: Mondays, outdoor walkup
  • Shift: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Work: Cantonese/Mandarin language support for client intake. Lifting boxes, distributing food.
  • Contact: Email Kristal Gonzalez or call 510- 347-4620 x 163

Delight in the Word Bible Fellowship
1221 Pacific Ave. San Leandro, CA 94577

  • Day: 2nd & 4th Friday and Saturday, indoor walk-up
  • Shift: Fridays 10:00AM-3:00 PM; Saturdays 10:45 AM-2:00 PM
  • Contact: Sign up here

REACH Ashland Youth Center
16335 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94578

  • Day: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, walkup
  • Shift: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Work: Setup restock pantry.
  • Contact: Email Santi Soumpholphakdy or call 510-481-4593

San Lorenzo Unified School District
750 Fargo St., San Leandro, CA  94579

  • Day: Wednesdays, school site, walkup
  • Shift: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 12:30 PM – 3:45 PM
  • Work: Cantonese/Mandarin language support. Set up and distribute food.
  • Contact: Sign up here

San Lorenzo Family Help Center
16032 Hesperian Blvd. San Lorenzo, CA 94580

  • Day: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday outdoor walkup
  • Shift: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Work: Spanish, Cantonese/Mandarin language support. Distribution help Also needed drivers with larger vehicles for pickup at retailers and delivery to distribution site 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
  • Contact: Email Janelle Morimoto


Tri-City Volunteers

37350 Joseph St.  Fremont, CA 94536

    • Day: Monday, Thursday, Friday
    • Shift: (3-hour shifts) Mondays and Thursdays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM; Friday 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Work: Set up and clean up for distribution, assist with client check-in. Also seeking drivers to take agency vans and deliver food to mobile pantries.
  • Contact: Sign up here

TriCities Community Development Center
37620 Filbert St.  Newark, CA 94560

  • Day: Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Shift: Wednesday 3:00 PM – 7:30 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM
  • Work: Sort, pack and distribute food, assist with recycling and compost. Assist guests loading cars. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds is helpful but not required.
  • Contact: Please email Maria Heath


Muslim Community Center- East Bay
5724 W Las Positas Blvd, #300, Pleasanton, CA  94588

  • Day: Every other Saturday, home delivery
  • Shift: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Work: Drivers needed to deliver food boxes and bags to up to 8 homes.
  • Contact: Email sister Aminah Abdullah or call 925-264-9297

For questions and to learn more about volunteering, please email volunteer@accfb.org.

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