Allowing clients to choose the food they want to eat eliminates waste and provides a more respectful way to help those in need.
Dine & Connect embodies the spirit of Alameda and the mission of the Alameda Food Bank. It reflects our commitment to building a strong and sustainable community that cares for those who are unhoused and food insecure.
Since 2018, the AFB has been working with Alameda All Faiths Coalition to provide services, sustenance and fellowship for those experiencing homelessness in our community.
Dine & Connect provides a free, hot, nutritious meal to those in need every Monday evening at one of several churches in our community. The AFB provides the food and their volunteers prepare and serve the meal. It is a wonderful opportunity for Islanders to get to know each other and to share our common humanity.
The menu varies depending on what we have in stock on a given day, but it often includes barbecue or fried chicken, meat loaf, spaghetti, taco bar, beef stew and a vegetarian option, along with salad, bread, and dessert. Currently, Dine & Connect is honoring Covid protocols and serving only take-out meals although everyone is eager for sit-down meals to resume.
In addition to a wonderful meal, guests can also find out about housing and social services available to them. Frequently, the Alameda Mobile Health Van will visit one or more of our sites as well as Dignity on Wheels, a mobile shower and laundry service. Covid testing is also available at some sites.
The Alameda Food Bank is proud to work with City government, Alameda All Faiths Coalition, Building Futures, Operation Dignity and hundreds of their volunteers who prepare and serve meals every Monday evening from 4:00-5:00pm. Volunteers are needed as they serve up to 400 people every month. Dine & Connect is a non-denominational initiative. All are welcome!
1st Monday – Twin Towers United Methodist Church, 2259 Central Ave.
2nd Monday – Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave.
3rd Monday – First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Ave.
4th Monday – Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave.
For more information and volunteer opportunities, please contact: Alameda All Faiths Coalition