As we prepare to gather with our friends and family to share special holiday meals, people often think of their neighbors who may not always have the food they need.
This time of year is crucial for the Alameda County Community Food Bank -- the food and funds people share throughout the holidays ensure we're able to serve the 1 in 6 people in Alameda County who turn to us for help throughout the year.
These partnerships really show that "community" is our middle name. Of course, it's people like you -- who drop a can of soup into food drive barrels, or mail in a check -- who make our work possible, year-round. Thank you.
This weekend, some great partnerships are bringing in food and funds at this critical time:
Saturday! Scouting for Food: Boy Scout troops across the Bay Area will be going door-to-door on Saturday morning, collecting non-perishable food for families in need. If you saw a door-hanger at your home last weekend, you’re on their route! Leave a bag or box of donations on your doorstep before 9 a.m., and a Scout will do the rest.
Sunday! Oakland Raiders: Oakland Raiders are teaming up with the Food Bank this season! This Sunday, fans can stop by the Food Bank’s tent at Raiderville, between 8:30 a.m. and noon, to donate food and funds. And you can help them reach their $5,000 Virtual Food Drive goal from anywhere and at any time! Players will also spend the Tuesday before Thanksgiving – their lone day off during the week – sorting food with us. Stay tuned for photos.
Help Us End Hunger with Safeway and NBC: This Saturday is the kick-off of Safeway’s annual “Help Us End Hunger” food drive! Live spots from neighborhood Safeway stores will air on NBC all day, encouraging Bay Area residents to visit a store and help a neighbor in need. To make it easy, Safeway is offering a bag of our most-needed items (like peanut butter, tuna, cereal and macaroni and cheese) for $10. And there’s a bonus: the region collecting the most food will earn a matching grant from Kraft! The promotion runs through the holidays.
Food for Bay Area Families with Whole Foods and CBS: Now you can buy breakfast, lunch or dinner or a full day of meals for a family in need at your local Whole Foods Market. Customers can “grab and give” meals with our most in-demand items, like shelf-stable milk, canned tuna and soup. This drive is already underway at Whole Foods Markets all over the Bay Area, and will be featured on CBS 5 throughout the holidays!
There are also dozens of drives at local restaurants, retail stores and benefit concerts all over Alameda County. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to learn more!
Are you hosting, or have you heard about, a great food or fund drive this holiday season? Tell us about it in the comments, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your story.