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Alameda County free holiday assistance.

Seasonal assistance programs in Alameda County can help low income and working poor families make it through a holiday. There are resources, such as free meals, Christmas gifts or toys passed out. The programs are administered throughout the year, including on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Most of the programs, in particular the Christmas ones as well as Toys for Tots, are for households with children. Or there may also be assistance for the homebound or elderly that living in a nursing home. Thousands of struggling families use this services to help provide a toy or hot meal for their children during the holidays.

In addition to the individual churches and charities, there is also a referral service run by the Alameda County Community Food Bank. They have a hotline in place that directs families to holiday additional meal sites or places that offer Adopt a Family, which is a source of gifts or toys. So there are options for residents in the region. Much of the food bank is also focused on serving dinners, or giving out ingredients. Find free Christmas dinner assistance programs.

ACCFB - Alameda County Community Food Bank
Address - 7900 Edgewater Drive
Oakland, California
Phone – (510) 635-3663 in November to December.
They operate from multiple sites. Most of the holiday assistance is in the form of free food or meals, including Turkeys at Thanksgiving, but they also offer a key referral service to soup kitchens and other charities. Some of those groups may have toys or presents for Christmas.

Imagine That!
The non-profit distributes free toys to children during December at select sites. The service is first come and first served until all gifts are passed out.




City of Berkeley Park Department
Main office - 2720 Hillegass Avenue
Berkeley, CA
Holiday assistance ranges from Easter to Christmas meals in partnership with churches and charities. One event is the Egg Hunt Extravaganza.
Other government parks also offer holiday assistance, such as HARD - Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. City of San Leandro operates from 14900 Zelma Street, San Leandro, CA. The phone number is 510-577-346.

Viola Blythe Community Service Center of Newark
37365 Ash Street
Newark, CA
Phone - 510-794-3437
Help is for lower income residents of Newark, Fremont or Union City only. Proof of income and residency is required to get a free Thanksgiving or Christmas food basket or a small present for a child.

Badarikashrama (Budareek-ash-rama)
Address: 15602 Maubert Avenue
San Leandro, California
Phone – 510-278-2444
Indian food for the holidays.

Angel Tree and Salvation Army holiday programs are available from several centers. Using the generosity of businesses and individuals, the faith based group tries to provide a Christmas gift to every needy child and a holiday meal or companionship. The Chinatown Oakland Salvation Army is at 379 12th St. Call (510) 645-9710. There are other centers too, as noted below.

Hayward Salvation Army Center is on 430 A St. Telephone - (510) 581-6444.
Oakland office is at 601 Webster St, Oakland, California, telephone (510) 836-8971
Salvation Army, 36700 Newark Blvd, Newark, CA, telephone (510) 793-6319.
The Salvation Army Center of Alameda, 130 Doolittle, San Leandro, California, dial (510) 383-9300
There is also a a Thrift Store for gently used goods. Address is 1918 Park St, Alameda, CA, (510) 769-7401





CityTeam Ministries
722 Washington Street
Oakland, California
Phone – 510-452-3758

Central American Refugee Committee
4848 International Blvd
Oakland, California
Phone – 510-393-9546
Immigrants can apply for a small number of free Christmas toys or clothing items. Volunteers are needed too, and there is an application process.

Tree of Life Church
1637 Fruitvale Ave
Oakland, CA 94601
Call (510) 692-7601
Free Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, meals, turkeys, and toys may be offered in Alameda County too.

Central American Refugee Committee
4848 International Blvd
Oakland, California, 94601
Number is (510) 533-8140
Holiday programs are offered, including for Refugees, immigrants, Asians, and others. Free Christmas toys, games, shoes, books are combined with food assistance and meal programs.

Chabad of The East Bay
2942 Claremont Blvd.
Berkeley, California
Phone – 510-540-5824
This is a program for Jewish families in Berkeley.

East Bay Asian Youth Center
The non-profit is at 2025 E 12th St
Oakland, CA 94606
Phone: (510) 533-1092

Bay Area Community Resources
Location 915 54th Street
Oakland, California, 94608
(415) 444-5580
The non-profit has information on housing, food, holiday assistance, and more. Clients range from the low income in Oakland California to the elderly, single moms and others.







Free Toys for Tots in the Oakland California area and county
As many as 15 non-profits and charities will often participate each year. They pass out free Christmas toys, presents, and more to teenagers, kids, and even newborns. Volunteers collect the items and coordinate Toys for Tots in the Alameda County region. Places to apply at for assistance include the following. Dial 211 for more information.

  • Ariel Outreach Mission - Address is 8825 International Bl, Oakland, California, 94621
  • Create A Way Foundation- Address is 1065 8th. Street, Oakland, California, 94607
  • B.A.S.I.C MINISTRY - Various social services as well as holiday help is available at 9320 Sunnyside street suite 4, Oakalnd, California, 94603
  • Room to bloom family resource center - Food, clothes, toys, games and more are at 8711 MacArthur Blvd, OAKLAND, California, 94605
  • A Better Way Inc. is a USMC toys for tots partner agency. 1558 B Street, Hayward, California, 94541.
  • Deliverance Full Gospel MBC - The annual giveaway is held at 1649 12th Avenue, Oakland, California, 94606
  • Eden Housing, 22645 Grand St., Hay, California, 94541
  • Children's Home Society of California, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, #134, Oakland, California, 94605
  • Chosen 2 Lead, Inc, 5228 Sungrove Way, Antioch, California, 94531
  • Pacific Southwest Community Development Corporation, 3000 Waterfall Way, San leandro, California, 94578
  • Our Youth Matter, Inc.. Mailing address - PO Box 6123, Oakland, California, 94603
  • Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland, California, 94588
  • Christian Tabernacle Church - To apply for toys, games, and free Christmas presents, their address is 9330 Walnut Street, Oakland , California, 94603
  • Beth Eden Baptist Church, 183 10th Street, Oakland, California, 94607
  • Helping Hands East Bay, 2447 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 201, Alameda, California, 94501
  • House Of Faith Church is located at 27221 Capri Ave in Hayward, California, 94545
  • Children that Matter - 8039 Idlewood St, Oakland, California, 94605
  • T.O.T.A. (Turn On To America) - Address: 80 Hamilton Place, Oakland, California, 94612. Apply early to be registered on time for the Christmas season.


By Jon McNamara

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