Food and Hunger

Alameda County Community Food Bank

Located in Alameda, CA.

Join the Alameda County Community Food Bank in breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty! They need help sorting, stocking and bagging food at the warehouse.

Dorothy Day House Catholic Worker

Located in Berkeley, CA.

The Dorothy Day House of Berkeley is a non-denominational community of volunteers who are dedicated to feeding the hungry and providing hospitality to the poor. Breakfast is served seven days a week in the Men’s Shelter at the Berkeley Veterans Building, and six days a week (excluding Sunday) at Trinity Church (2362 Bancroft Way at Dana) to those in need. Dorothy Day House also coordinates dinners for the Men’s Shelter every evening. Volunteers that help serve meals must be at least 15.

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

Located in Concord, Bay Point, Pittsburg, Vallejo and Antioch, CA.

At the Food Bank of Contra Costa’s warehouse, volunteers help sort and stock food. The Food Bank’s mission is to reduce food waste and feed those unable to provide meals themselves. The Banks also aims to raise public awareness about poverty and hunger.  This agency helps about 83,000 people per month. The minimum age to volunteer without an adult is 16.

Food Not Bombs

Located in Berkeley, CA.

Food not Bombs provides free vegetarian healthy food to anyone who is hungry and works for peace and justice. non-violence and vegetarianism.  They cook and serve meals six days a week. The minimum age to help is 15.


Located in San Francisco, CA.

The largest of Glide’s programs, the Free Meals Program serves three nutritious meals a day to the city’s poor and homeless every day of the year. What began in 1969 as a Monday night potluck for 50 people now requires the talents of 27 staff members who come primarily from the ranks of the poor, homeless, formerly incarcerated and those with successful recovery from substances and addictions. The minimum age to volunteer is 12.

Meals on Wheels

Located in San Francisco, CA.

Meals on Wheels’ mission is to prepare and deliver nutritious meals necessary to prevent the inappropriate or premature institutionalization of elderly homebound residents in San Fransisco. Help is needed to serve meals to seniors during weekday lunches, to make greeting cards for the homebound and to participate in individualized projects.  Summer internships for high school students are also available. The minimum age to volunteer is 14.

Open Heart Kitchen

Located in Livermore, CA.

Founded in 1995 as an interfaith effort, Open Heart Kitchen’s Mission is to provide nutritious hot meals without charge or qualification to people in need in the Tri-Valley area. The organization is currently the only free hot meal kitchen in the area. Teen volunteers prepare box lunches two Thursdays a month in Pleasanton. The minimum age to volunteer is 10.

Project Open Hand

Located in Alameda and San Francisco, CA.

Project Open Hand provides food and nourishment to improve the quality of life of men, women, and children living with symptomatic AIDS & HIV, along with the critically ill and the elderly. Minimum age to volunteer is 15.

Salvation Army

Located in Hayward, Antioch, Oakland, Alameda, and San Francisco, CA.

The Salvation Army is a Christian fellowship dedicated to helping underprivileged low-income citizens, including: those who work, have lost jobs, have mental and physical limitations, the elderly, those who are retired and the homeless. The organization is in need of help with their food pantry. The minimum age to volunteer is 15.

St. Anthony Foundation

Located in San Francisco, CA.

Founded in 1950, the St. Anthony Foundation is a nonprofit social service agency located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.  Inspired by the Franciscan tradition of joy, compassion & solidarity with those who are poor, the Foundation welcomes clients & guests, volunteers and interns, donors, and all who hunger and thirst for justice and peace to share in it’s mission, being: to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, lift the spirits of those in need and create a society in which all persons flourish. The minimum age to volunteer is 13.

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