Nourish Bar necklace, from Sora Designs

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us. And while this time of year is busy for everyone, it’s especially busy at the Food Bank. Our demand spikes and we need your support more than ever.

Thanks to the generosity of businesses and corporations in our community – and you! – making a difference is easy. Whether you’re grabbing groceries, shopping for presents, or kicking off the holiday season with a jog around Lake Merritt – you can ensure neighbors in Alameda County have access to healthy food this holiday season.

Groceries for Good

Raley’s: Now through Dec. 31, you can purchase a $10 bag of healthy groceries for local families, either in-store or online at any Alameda County Raley’s or Nob Hill. Raley’s will triple every donation, so when you purchase a $10 bag, you’ll help provide $30 worth of groceries.

Safeway: Providing a nourishing bag of groceries is easier than ever with Safeway’s Feed the Need food drive, happening Oct. 1-Dec. 25. Purchase a pre-filled bag of groceries for $10 at checkout. All donations at participating stores will help purchase food for our neighbors.

Whole Foods: When you shop at Whole Foods, five cents will be taken off your bill for every shopping bag you reuse. Now through the end of the year, you have the option to donate that nickel to ACCFB. These nickels add up to valuable dollars for our community. And you’ll start seeing our food barrels in Whole Foods on Nov. 1, where you can donate shelf-stable food items that we’ll distribute to families in Alameda County.

Sprouts: Grab a pre-filled food donation bag from the Sprouts Grab ‘N Give display. You’ll pay for it at checkout, and Sprouts will donate it directly to one of ACCFB’s partner agencies.

Lucky: Keep an eye out for the opportunity to purchase a meal for neighbors in our community when you’re at the register at Lucky. Pick up a $2, $3, or $5 tag while you’re checking out.

Thank that Bank

Wells Fargo: From now until Dec. 31, Wells Fargo will *match* donations until we reach $25,000. You can donate online or at any Wells Fargo ATM. Your Alameda County zip code ensures your gift comes straight to us.

Safe America Credit Union: Starting Oct. 14, you can bring your shelf-stable food donations to one of Safe America Credit Union’s designated locations. Or, join their Virtual Food Drive where every $1 will help provide $7 worth of food.

Gifts that Give Back

Rigel Stuhmiller: Looking for something with a personal touch? Look no further. Acclaimed printmaker and illustrator Rigel Stuhmiller offers lines of stationary, gifts, and home goods featuring her incredible prints. One dollar from every 2020 Farmer’s Market Calendar sold and five cents of every item sold year-round is donated to ACCFB. Rigel’s support has helped provide more than 11,000 meals to our neighbors.

Sora DesignsLocal artist Yueh-Wen Chang created a beautiful and unique line of jewelry to raise awareness about hunger and support the 1 in 5 people we serve. 100 percent of the profits from the #ENDHUNGER X FOODIE JEWELRY line comes to ACCFB. Sora Designs offers this line year-round.

Oaklandish: Give the gift of local love while supporting the Food Bank. This holiday season, when you purchase a gift box from Oaklandish stores, all proceeds will come to us. Each box is $3 and comes complete with gold ribbon and tissue paper.

Sports Basement: Sports Basement’s “Basementeer” program is a great way to save money on your purchases. It’s also a great way to support your favorite nonprofit since Sports Basement donates a portion of each sale. If you’re a Basementeer member who selected Alameda County Community Food Bank (or wants to select ACCFB… hint hint) as your nonprofit of choice, you can get 20 percent off your purchase between Dec. 15-21.

Good Vibrations: When you shop at the Good Vibrations stores in Berkeley or Oakland through Dec. 31, you’ll have the chance to make a donation at checkout that directly benefits ACCFB. Plus, Good Vibrations is matching all gifts, up to $500.

Amazon: Your Amazon shopping can help provide meals. When you shop through smile.amazon.com and enter Alameda County Community Food Bank as your charitable organization, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your eligible purchase to us.

Target: We’re partnering with the Target Circle program. You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit ACCFB. When you make a qualifying purchase, you can vote for us! For full program details and how to participate, visit Target Circle.

Eat to Beat Hunger

Beauty’s Bagel Shop: Drop of three non-perishable food items at Beauty’s Bagel Shop until Dec. 15 and you’ll receive a FREE cookie! Beauty’s Bagel Shop will bring the food donations to ACCFB.

Cheesecake Factory: The Cheesecake Factory is relaunching its Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake. For every slice sold now through Feb. 29, 2020, The Cheesecake Factory will donate 25 cents, and a portion will benefit ACCFB.

Zachary’s Pizza: If you’re grabbing a slice, bring along a few food donations with you. Zachary’s Pizza is hosting a holiday food drive at all locations. Wondering what to donate? Check out their suggested list.

Satisfying Experiences

Local Food AdventuresTake a food tour around the East Bay and support the Food Bank. When you purchase a ticket or gift card, $1 will come to ACCFB. Offer is good year-round.

Turkey TrotSign up for the 5K race around Lake Merritt on Thanksgiving morning. And, Food Bank friends can get 15 percent off registration using our code FEEDTHETOWN. The family-friendly event is more than just a healthy way to start the holiday – it’s a fun way to give back!

Kick Hunger Challenge: We’re teaming up with Chef Tanya Holland for the Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge. Join our team now through the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, and help us kick hunger.

Whatever you choose, you’ll help make a huge impact on our neighbors’ lives. 

Check back here often – this list is updated throughout the season.

Are we missing a local business that’s fundraising for us? Let us know so we can be sure to thank and include them.