ALAMEDA FOOD BANK DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
In these unprecedented times, the Alameda Food Bank is committed to providing healthy, nutritious food to those in need within our community – as we have done for 43 years. The layoffs and business closures happening all over the island mean that we’re seeing more clients than ever before. This page is designed to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening with us, how you can get food, and how you can help. Check back often as the situation changes.
Please note that we will be CLOSED for Memorial Day: Monday, May 25, 2020. We will reopen on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
To assure the health and safety of our clients and volunteers, we have moved all distributions to our warehouse where we have more room for social distancing and can provide drive-up service:
650 West Ranger Avenue, Alameda
(Bus line 96)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Noon – 5pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday CLOSED
You may come once per week.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Due to the need to mitigate the spread of the virus, we are not accepting food donations from individuals at this time.
Our single biggest need is money. The influx of new clients, coupled with our inability to accept food donations from individuals, means we need to buy more food than normal. To donate please go to our online donation site.
Thank you all so much for your support over the past week and a half. So many community members have reached out to offer support and while it has been great, it has been difficult to manage scheduling so many new volunteers. We have moved our scheduling over to a new platform to better meet this need. Please see the links below for multiple opportunities to support the Alameda Food Bank.
Sign up for a Food Packing and Sorting shift here.
Sign up to be a Home Delivery Driver using your own vehicle here.
Sign up to be an Alameda Food Bank Van Driver here.
Sign up to be an Alameda Food Bank Forklift Operator here.
A few things to note:
It would be extremely helpful if Food Packing and Sorting volunteers could sign up for a regular weekly shift. Please try to select a shift that you will likely be able to commit to over a period of several weeks. We understand that these are uncertain times, but our goal is to streamline the process as much as possible and this is easier if we can count on a consistent roster of volunteers who will show up on time.
We would like to limit volunteers to a maximum of one shift per week in order to reduce your risk of exposure. We appreciate that many of you would like to volunteer more frequently than that, but we feel that this is a necessary step to keep our volunteer force safe and healthy.
We have reduced the number of volunteer slots. This was done in order to allow for more social distancing while volunteers are working. However, it will be extremely important that all volunteers show up to their scheduled shifts on time, stay for the entire shift and that volunteers are ready to jump right in.
We want to make sure we are as efficient as possible, with the decreased number of volunteers per shift. With this in mind, we have changed our policy regarding the age of volunteers. We will now only allow volunteers between the ages of 18 and 64 unless other arrangements are made with me.
Please remember to wear closed toe shoes and to dress appropriately for a warehouse environment. This is essential for safety and those who do not comply will be excused from their shift.
Volunteers should be sure they do not park in front of the Red Cross.
Thank you all for the support and please check back for updates to your shift frequently as we have been updating our hours and policies often in order to comply with the latest recommendations and requirements, and to better meet the needs of the community in the safest way possible.