Alameda Food Bank’s Response to Coronavirus

The Alameda Food Bank is committed to remaining open to serve the Island community during the Covid-19 crisis. We are making significant changes to better protect our clients, volunteers and staff.

We previously instituted the health, safety and sanitation protocols recommended by public health experts and are now taking these additional steps.

Beginning Monday March 16, 2020 we will move all operations to our warehouse located at 650 W Ranger Avenue on Alameda Point. This allows for much more social distancing due to the size of the warehouse (nearly 10,000 sf) and much more parking. This also allows for a drive through distribution where clients pull up in their cars and volunteers deliver a prepackaged bag to their car. Please do not get out of your car for distribution.

We are extending hours so clients are spread out and not waiting in line. We are limiting the number of people in the warehouse, including volunteers.

We are considering using texting vs. having people wait in line for food at agencies and have them wait in their cars and you text when it is their turn to come in.

We have begun conversations with city officials about other ways to support the Island.

Here is some specific information for our various stakeholders:


LOCATION (STARTING 3/16/2020) – AFB Warehouse 650 W Ranger Avenue, Alameda Point

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00-5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:30-6:30 PM
Thursday 9:30-12:00 PM

1ST COME 1ST SERVED – We are suspending our normal ticket number lottery system to minimize the need for clients to line up. Clients will be served first come first served.

CFS 1st Saturday Food Distribution Program is canceled until further notice. Beginning in April, clients may come twice a month to the Pantry program.

NEW CLIENTS – We want to help anyone who is in need of food assistance right now. Please contact us at or call 510-523-5850 for information.

We will likely need additional volunteers over the next several months, as some of our current volunteers become unavailable. We may need to do home deliveries to those quarantined or don’t have child care. Please contact if you are interested in volunteering.

We expect to see an increase in need over the next several months as the full effects of the economic crisis hits. The very best way for you to support the Alameda Food Bank is by making a monetary donation. For every $1 donated we can leverage for $7 worth of food. We are discouraging food donations at this time to limit in person contact to protect our volunteers and staff. To donate please go to our online donation site.