Food and Groceries

In Alameda County, more than half the children live in poverty in 15 neighborhoods and more than one-third live in poverty in another 36 neighborhoods. Learn more about how you can make a difference.

Property Owners

Alameda Backyard Growers

An all volunteer group who helps to harvest extra fruit from backyards in Alameda and donate it to the Alameda Food Bank. Fruit donors or volunteers should contact (510) 239-PICK or alamedabackyardgrowers@gmail.com.

North Berkeley Harvest

An unofficial group of friends and volunteers who pick and share fruit with local food initiatives. (510) 812-3369 or northberkeleyharvest@gmail.com

Oakland Fruit

A fruit harvesting project of Growing Together, a non-profit that plants trees in Oakland for peace and food justice. oaklandfruit@gmail.com or (925) 421-6516.

AmpleHarvest.org

is a nation-wide campaign that helps reduce food waste and diminish hunger by connecting backyard and community gardeners with food pantries in their area that are able to accept donations of excess garden bounty


K-12 Children and Youth

Campus Kitchens Project

is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to create innovative and lasting solutions to hunger.

Community Plates

is committed to ending American food insecurity through technology fueled direct transfer food rescue.

Donate Don't Dump

is a teen run non-profit created by a 12 year old to end commercial food waste and draw attention to the issue of hunger.

Food Bus

is a public charity that works to design, implement and maintain systems by which unused/unopened food leftover from elementary school lunches is saved from being thrown out as waste and then is distributed to local food pantries.  They buy refrigerators, carts, boxes and other supplies that schools need in order to store food instead of discarding it.

Food Recovery Network

unites students on college campuses to fight waste and feed people by donating the surplus unsold food from their colleges and donating it to hungry Americans.


Where to find help

Gleaning

The act of collecting excess fresh foods from farms, gardens, farmers markets, or any other source in order to provide it to those in need. USDA’s Let’s Glean, United We Serve
Farmers Market: Find a farmers market near you and contact the manager of the market.
Community Garden : Find a community garden in your area which might be interested in sharing its harvest.

Donate your fruit to those in need. Instead of throwing your extra vegetables, fruits, or herbs into the compost pile, gardeners can donate them to a food pantry where they will go directly into the hands of hungry families.

Alameda Backyard Growers

An all volunteer group who helps to harvest extra fruit from backyards in Alameda and donate it to the Alameda Food Bank. Fruit donors or volunteers should contact (510) 239-PICK or alamedabackyardgrowers@gmail.com.

North Berkeley Harvest

An unofficial group of friends and volunteers who pick and share fruit with local food initiatives. (510) 812-3369 or northberkeleyharvest@gmail.com

Oakland Fruit

A fruit harvesting project of Growing Together, a non-profit that plants trees in Oakland for peace and food justice. oaklandfruit@gmail.com or (925) 421-6516.

AmpleHarvest.org

is a nation-wide campaign that helps reduce food waste and diminish hunger by connecting backyard and community gardeners with food pantries in their area that are able to accept donations of excess garden bounty More..