Below is information on food pantries, churches, charities, and food banks in Oakland California that can help families and individuals in their time of need. Many of the organizations are not for profits and can provide various services to those that need help. Resources range from free food, groceries, hot meals, applications for CalFresh. This, and more advice, is available to the low income, unemployed, and really anyone who is facing a hardship in Alameda County and Oakland.
Many of the pantries will provide free food, groceries, counseling, and other support to people of all incomes and backgrounds. They may also have emergency assistance programs too if the individual has no other place to turn to for help or food. The hours of many of the distribution centers, whether a church or pantry, in Oakland are limited. They may limit usage as well. So it is always best to call in advance to determine when food and other groceries are distributed, as well as if there are any other conditions that need to be met in order to receive help.
Alameda County Community Food Bank
Volunteer and Food Donor Programs
Address - 7900 Edgewater Drive
Oakland, California 94621
Phone number - 510-635-3663, EXT 358
The food bank partners with and provides food to local charities, pantries and not for profits. These locations then pass these groceries and food items out at the local level to individuals who stop by for help.
Alameda Food Bank
Address of the food bank is 650 W Ranger Avenue
Alameda, California 94501
All Saints Episcopal Church
Food Pantry at the Neighborhood Center
Location - 911 Dowling Blvd
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone number is 510-569-7020
Hot meals, clothing, basic needs, and other services are provided to seniors, low income families, children, and people in need from the immediate community.
Berkeley Food Pantry
Location of food bank 1600 Sacramento Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
Dial 510-525-2280 for hours or information on how to apply for food, groceries, and other aid.
Brookins African Methodist Episcopal Church
Breakfast, Groceries and Food Giveaway Programs
Church address - 2201 - 73rd Avenue
Oakland, CA 94605
Telephone number - 510-568-8954
Central American Refugee Committee
4848 International Blvd
Oakland, California 94601
Centro de Servicios
Program offered is known as Basic Needs: Food, Financial Assistance, Groceries and Other Items
Location 525 H Street
Union City, CA 94587
Dial - 510-489-4100
The non-profit will try to satisfy and meet all requests. However resources are limited. Breads, rice, beans, frozen food items, and other canned goods may be served.
Children's Emergency Council
7421 Amarillo Road
Dublin, CA 94568
Call the food bank at 925-828-5363 to determine what type of perishable items or meals are offered. Also get help applying for California and government food programs such as TANF.
CityTeam Ministries - Family Services
Address: 722 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Primary phone 510-452-3758. Call for center hours.
Davis Street Family Resource Center – DSFRC
Emergency Food Program
Location of food bank - 3081 Teagarden Street
San Leandro, California 94577
Phone number - 510-347-4620, EXT 158
Hope for the Heart - Food Distribution Center
22035 Meekland Avenue
Hayward, California 94541
La Familia Counseling Service
Hayward Family Resource Center (FRC)
Address - 680 W Tennyson Road, Wing B
Hayward, California 94544
In addition to running a food pantry for Alameda County residents, they can refer people faced with a hardship and the unemployed to various financial assistance programs.
La Familia Counseling Service
Outreach Services - Neighborhood Resource Center
Call the center at 510-785-8270
Mary Ann Wright Foundation
Non-profit foundation address is 3120 San Pablo Avenue. Stop by or call the number below.
Oakland, CA 94608
Telephone number - 510-601-8119
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Community Food Giveaway
Food is provided from the church at 1203 Willow Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Dial 510-893-2932 to get hours or to speak to a representative.
New Life Christian Church - Weekly Food Pantry
20394 San Miguel Avenue
Castro Valley, California 94546
A pantry passes out free food, groceries, and aid on a weekly basis.
Oakland Leaf Foundation
Urban Promise Academy Family Resource Center (UPA FRC)
3031 E. 18th Street
Oakland, CA 94601
Supports those who the greater Oakland region. Free food, groceries, Thanksgiving or Christmas turkeys and meals are passed out. Donations are always needed as well.
Project Open Hand - East Bay
HIV / AIDS patients can apply for emergency services, including food.
1921 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
Call the program at 510-622-0221
Salvation Army - Tri-Cities Corps Community Center
USDA Government Commodities; Holiday Toys and Food Baskets
36700 Newark Blvd
Newark, California 94560
This is one of the leading not for profits to call in the Alameda and Oakland California region for assistance.
San Lorenzo Family Help Center
Ecumenical Food Pantry
Location - 100 Hacienda Avenue
San Lorenzo, California 94580-3444
Telephone number - 510-278-2085
In addition to emergency supplies, can provide referrals to charities, churches, and social services in northern California.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County – SVdP
A Free Dining Room is run on site that can serve hot or cold meals to the homeless and low income.
675 - 23rd Street
Oakland, CA 94612-1162
Main number - 510-451-7676
Some financial aid may be provided for expenses too. This can include housing, rent, and energy bills.
St. Elizabeth's Parish - Bread and Roses
Provides food, nutritional perishables items, meals, and other aid.
Location 1500 - 34th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94601
Primary phone number - 510-536-1266
St. Mary's Center - Food for All Ages
Address - 925 Brockhurst Street
Oakland, California 94608
Telegraph Community Center – Can refer individuals to other charities and non-profits in Oakland California. In addition, get information on a number of federal and state government assistance programs.
Location - 5316 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, California 94609
Address - 510-658-4457
Tri-Cities Community Development Center
37620 Filbert Street
Newark, CA 94560
Tri-City Volunteers, Inc. - Emergency Food, Clothing and Household Items
37350 Joseph Street
Fremont, California 94536
As the name implies, various forms of assistance programs to the low income, elderly, working poor, and unemployed. Food, clothes, case management, and other support.
Tri-Valley Church of Christ
Address of church - 4481 East Avenue
Livermore, CA 94550
Main number - 925-447-4333
Tri-Valley Haven - Haven Food Pantry
Address - 418 Junction Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551
Call for hours, and to learn about the food programs. 925-449-1664
The location above and below offer emergency food boxes, groceries, meals, and more.
Tri-Valley Haven | Sojourner House
Location - 3663 Pacific Avenue
Livermore, California 94550
Several other food banks and assistance programs operate in Alameda county and Oakland California. Call (510) 635-3663 for referrals and information. Programs can provide free summer lunches, Christmas and other holiday meals, bags of groceries, perishable items and more.
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