COVID-19 Response Update

If you are in need of food, please call our Emergency Food Helpline:


We are an essential business and remain open during this time.

News Media: Please click here for contact information.

If You Need Food

As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together, one thing is clear: we’ll be here for as long as we’re needed. Anyone in need of food is allowed to access food distributions, groceries, etc. during the shelter in place.

  • Call our Helpline.
    • 1-510-635-3663
  • Find a Food Bank agency partner near you.
  • Search for additional resources

How You Can Help

  • Donate: The impact of COVID-19 is increasing food insecurity in our community. Your support ensures Alameda County Community Food Bank is able to respond quickly to emergencies. If you would like to help, please consider a gift of any amount.
    • CARES Act Expands Tax Deductions for Charitable Giving in 2020.
  • Start a Virtual Food Drive. Help connect your family, friends, and coworkers by organizing a VFD and raise awareness from home.
  • Volunteer to sort and pack food at our Oakland warehouse and nearby drive-through distributions. Register now.
  • Sign up for our emails to stay informed of the latest updates.
  • Speak up with Alameda County Community Food Bank as our advocacy team works with policymakers to respond to COVID-19.

Our Response

Alameda County Community Food Bank is an emergency response organization. We regularly convene a team from all Food Bank departments to prepare for emergencies. This team is currently meeting daily for as long as the current situation requires.

  • We have at least a month’s worth of food in reserves and are ramping up our food purchasing.
    • Our food distribution is increasing. We’ve added 30 distribution sites, and are working with our partner agencies, along with 11 school districts to ensure our community has access to food.
  • We’re increasing the production of Emergency Food Bags that contain a few days’ worth of shelf-stable groceries.
  • We are in regular contact with partners, legislators. and other key contacts throughout the County to develop contingencies for sourcing and distributing food.

Safety Precautions

The health and safety of our clients, volunteers, partners, staff, and entire community is paramount.

Our goal remains ensuring our community has consistent and safe access to the nutrition resources it needs. We regularly prepare to mitigate potential disruptions to our programs and services.

We are following additional recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and taking additional steps to communicate with staff, volunteers and agencies, and other partners:

  • Conducting additional mid-day cleaning of high-trafficked surfaces throughout the facility.
  • Urging more frequent hand washing – including mandatory additional steps for volunteers. (Volunteers are required to use gloves year-round when handling food.)
  • Updated signage and proactive communication to volunteers and agency partners to educate and alert them of the symptoms and prevention measures.
  • Practicing social distancing measures – including spacing out our on-site staff and remote working accommodations.
  • Communicating to all staff, volunteers, or other visitors to be extra vigilant about their health and to stay home if they are exhibiting symptoms of any illness.

Media Inquiries

For additional inquiries about our response, please contact For media requests please contact Michael Altfest.

We’re grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received to help our crisis response: 

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