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Oakland California and Alameda County free food banks or pantries.

Below is information on free food pantries, charities, soup kitchens and hunger prevention programs in the Oakland California area 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 at the pantries near you range from free food, groceries, hot meals (including at the holiday), applications for CalFresh and baby formula for single mothers. This, and more, is available to the low income, unemployed, and really anyone who is facing a hardship in Alameda County and the city of Oakland California.

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. Another focus is on assisting senior citizens and the vulnerable from programs such as Meals on Wheels.

The hours of many of the distribution centers, whether a church or pantry, in Oakland are limited. Find a referral number at the bottom of the page as well. 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
Dial 510-523-5850




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, California 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.
There are free holiday meals, applications to housing and USDA food programs, Cal-Fresh, and more.

Davis Street Family Resource Center – DSFRC
The non-profit runs an 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
Location is 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
For hours, call 510-782-2947
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.
Christmas meals are served. They also pass out boxes of food to the homeless and low income. the pantry may also have personal hygiene items, hot drinks, cereal, and other healthy items,





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. Perishable and canned goods along with household supplies may be issued.

Oakland Leaf Foundation - Urban Promise Academy Family Resource Center (UPA FRC)
Main address - 3031 E. 18th Street
Oakland, CA 94601
For hours, call 510-879-1642
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.

Pantry of Hope
Food Pantry is in St. Paul's Episcopal Church Courtyard at 114 Montecito Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
From 11:45-2:15 on 2nd and 4th Sundays (occasionally this changes, usually due to holidays)
For questions contact Rev. Carolyn Bolton can at (510) 834-4314 x 504

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. Not only will the pantry help feed families, children, and seniors, but they offer holiday meals (Thanksgiving and Christmas), shelter, and case management.

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
675 - 23rd Street
Oakland, CA 94612-1162
Main number - 510-451-7676
A Free Dining Room is run on site that can serve hot or cold meals to the homeless and low income. Some financial aid may be provided for expenses too. This can include housing, rent, and energy bills.

St. Elizabeth's Parish - Bread and Roses
Location 1500 - 34th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94601
Primary phone number - 510-536-1266
Provides food, nutritional perishables items, meals, and other aid.







St. Mary's Center - Food for All Ages
Address - 925 Brockhurst Street
Oakland, California 94608
Meals on Wheels are available for senior citizens in Alameda County. There are also applications to Commodity Supplemental Food Program, free weekend snacks for students, and other services.

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 - Dollie's Closet
37620 Filbert Street
Newark, CA 94560
Telephone - 510-745-0521

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
Telephone: 925-449-2510
Whether a box of groceries, diapers, soup, rice, or dairy, free food is provided to the working poor.





Feed My Sheep Food Pantry/Mini-Mart
Address is 8829 Plymouth Street
Oakland, California
Phone - (510) 384 8604
They serve free lunches, serve a Christmas dinner, and operate a food pantry and clothing closet in Alameda County.

Alameda County referral line - (800) 870-3663
Customer service representatives direct residents to food programs. Whether it is a Senior Brown Bag or Meals on Wheels, or just a box of emergency food for the weekend, free information is given out.

East Oakland Switchboard
Address is 1909 - 73rd Avenue
Oakland, CA
Phone - 510-569-6369
Clients with a referral from a local charity or Social Services Agency can get food. Referrals are also provided to housing, grant programs such as Cal-Works, and applications to SNAP or free school lunches.

New Beginning International Ministry, Inc.
Oakland, CA 94605
(510) 985-0541
Food and free meals are served on Saturdays.

Eden United Church of Christ
Location of food pantry - 21455 Birch Street
Hayward, CA
Phone - 510-582-9533

Holiday Food Helpline - (510) 635-3663
Learn about soup kitchens and places for Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas meals in Alameda County. There is also information on holiday food baskets or toy programs for kids as well, as well as meal sites for the elderly.

West Oakland Community Collaborative
Address: 920 Peralta St
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone:(510) 835-8683
The non-profit operates the West Oakland Food Pantry. Groceries, baby formula, meat, and more is for low income families as well as single mothers.

Bethel Community Presbyterian Church
14235 Bancroft Avenue
San Leandro, California
Phone - 510-357-4130
Case management, food, application to Cal-Fresh, and more is available to residents.

Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program - ECAP
3610 San Pablo Ave
Emeryville, California 94608
Phone:(510) 499-1263
Clients of the non-profit include senior citizens and families living in poverty. Food, applications to WIC vouchers, and commodity supplemental food (CSFP) are some of the benefits provided.





Find more free food or meal assistance programs in Alameda County

Several other food banks, pantries near you 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. Or get help in applying for CalFresh food stamps or government benefits.

By Jon McNamara

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