Lake Merritt United Methodist Church (LMUMC) operates food programs that serve individuals and families living near the church and all over Alameda County. LMUMC operates a monthly food distribution of shelf stable and fresh produce and food is available in between upon request. Hot meals and sandwich lunches are prepared and distribute twice each week to the housed and unhoused near the church as well as through its partners.
East Bay Food Justice serves hot meals seven times a week to the public at fixed locations in Berkeley and Oakland and delivers prepared food to homeless encampments. Funding will support East Bay Food Justice Project in repairing/refurbishing a non-operational walk-in refrigeration unit at Omni Commons, a nonprofit building where their organization maintains a permanent space.
Founded in 1977, the Alameda Food Bank is a non-profit organization that offers assistance to the Alameda community by providing nourishing food in a compassionate and respectful manner with the support of dedicated volunteers and local partners. Funds will support the Alameda Food Bank to purchase a glass door freezer unit to aid in the safe distribution of frozen items to clients during our three weekly distributions.
Acts of Grace Bay Area Foundation (Grace Baptist Church) provides the Oakland community with food for those in need. Funds will support purchasing equipment to support Acts of Grace Bay Area Foundation to improve on their food rescue and distribution work in Oakland and better serve their clients in an efficient and organized manner. The funds will help purchase one double door refrigerator, reusable coolers, thermal blankets, hot/cold packs, one utility cart, cooking and food serving supplies, shelving, and two worktables.
Berkeley Food Pantry brings good, nutritious groceries into Berkeley and Albany homes experiencing crisis, serving an average of 821 households (2037 people) each month. Funding will support a delivery and incentive pilot incorporating reusable delivery bags in their Pantry at Your Door program, which delivers food to at-risk populations such as elderly, disabled or low-income families with children. Replacing disposable bags will will reduce cost and waste, while making safe food handling easier.
Teen Challenge of East Bay provides successful recovery for men with destructive, abusive, and addictive lifestyles through mentoring, education, training, and spiritual direction. Funds will support purchasing one large refrigerator to increase the amount of rescued food they are able to accept on-site. This will help them feed the men living at the residential facility as well as provide food for individuals in need in the neighborhoods surrounding the center.
The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs without discrimination. Their goal is to provide services to low-income families in need. Funds will support purchasing an electric pallet jack to help improve the handling process and the efficiency of their food distribution program. Moving the food around faster will help extend the life of the food they receive. The funds will also help purchase reusable totes and reusable pallet wraps.
Open Heart Kitchen is the largest hot meal program of its kind in the Tri-Valley Area. Founded in 1995 as a small, grassroots effort to address hunger in the Tri-Valley, Open Heart Kitchen serves meals at multiple locations in Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton. Funds will support the purchase of equipment for Open Heart Kitchen’s Tri-Valley Food Hub to help redistribute donated produce and surplus fresh/frozen groceries from the Alameda County Community Food Bank and other local food service providers.
Irvington Presbyterian Church Outreach Ministry is committed to addressing systemic poverty by helping to eliminate food insecurity. The Outreach Ministries will build on its existing food rescue program capacity by increasing the amount of guests served by 150 a week to 175-200 within the next eight months. Funding will be used to partially fund a walk-in refrigerator in order to rescue and store more food to feed people in Irvington and surrounding areas of Fremont.
San Lorenzo Family Help Center's mission is to eliminate hunger within the local community, while partnering with churches, schools, neighboring businesses, government agencies, local neighbors and volunteers. Funds will be used to purchase a glass door refrigerator and freezer to store and distribute cold foods, as well as a pallet jack scale for transporting and receiving large donations.