The Food Bank’s mission is to provide nutritious food to the low-income residents of the City of Alameda on a non-discriminating basis. The Alameda Food Bank is a private, non-affiliated, non-profit, tax-exempt agency. The Food Bank is overseen by a board of directors composed of community volunteers. Its day to day operation is run by two paid staff members and over 150 volunteers.
The Food Bank was founded in 1977 by a group of concerned local citizens who saw the need in the community for a source of free food for those in need. Originally the Food Bank operated out of a closet in the back room of a church. Two or three volunteers served an average of 35 individual recipients per month during the few years that the Food Bank closet was open. As word of the Food Bank’s services spread within the community, the number of recipients and volunteers steadily increased. Open six days a week, the Food Bank’s 150+ volunteers serve over 5,600 individual recipients from the Food Bank’s 2,200-square-foot main distribution center (land donated by the City of Alameda) and its 10,000-square-foot warehouse.
The community’s wide-spread acceptance and support of the Food Bank’s mission is evident in the continuing and generous donations we receive and the commitment of community volunteers. Though started on a shoestring, the Food Bank has become one of Alameda’s primary social service organizations.
The Food Bank’s volunteer Board of Directors is proud of the fact that the Food Bank has kept true to its mission: cost-effectively providing low-income residents of Alameda with nutritionally balanced groceries, at no cost to the recipients. In addition to its regular food distribution programs, the Food Bank is Alameda’s distribution site for USDA government surplus food and also acts as a helpful information and referral service, advising our clients of the availability of other social services.