Mission

We are an emergency food source for low-income families or individuals and an agency partner of the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB).  Along with ACCFB, we believe that food is a basic right and embrace the concept that no one should have to worry where their next meal will come from.


Programs

Thursday Evening Distribution – Federal and county emergency food programs supply two days of food for individuals and families who meet the low income requirements.  Recipients can receive food from these sources once a month, but are welcome to come as often as necessary for food from other sources.  The distribution takes place every Thursday from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Lottery numbers are handed out approximately 10 minutes before the distribution begins.

Helpline Pantry – we accept referrals from ACCFB and other agencies/organizations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Food orders are packed with enough food for two days, and are ready to pick up that same afternoon.

Thanksgiving Food Baskets – Volunteers pack and distribute 200 to 220 food baskets each year.  Sign-ups for Thanksgiving Baskets take place the last two weeks of October and first week of November.  Sign ups must be done in person, see the flyer or call the church office for times.


Pantry News

Thanksgiving Food Baskets Registration – Food Basket sign ups are closed for this year.  Starting on October 19, 2017, we will be accepting registrations for Thanksgiving food baskets.  You can register for a food basket on Thursday, October 19, 26, or November 2 in the church office from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  You can also sign-up for a food basket at our Food Pantry on these same dates, but from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  You can only signup for a Thanksgiving Food Basket in person.

Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution – Rain or shine, Thanksgiving food baskets will be handed out to our Food Pantry clients that registered for a basket as mentioned above.  Bring your identification, as that will be required so that we can make sure that the correct client gets the proper basket, and we will see you on November 18th between noon and 1:00 pm.

Food Pantry Volunteers Are Needed – As the need in our community grows, so does the need for volunteers to make it all happen!  By year’s end we estimate that we will have distributed over 81,000 pounds of food to 2,300 families and 9,200 people, so if you want to help us out check out our volunteer opportunities below.

Food Pantry Closed For The Holidays – The Food Pantry will be closed on November 23 because of Thanksgiving, and on December 28, so that our Pantry volunteers can celebrate Christmas with their families.


Volunteer Opportunities

Thanksgiving Food Baskets – Volunteers purchase food items, pack boxes and help distribute food on November 18, 2017, from noon to 1:00 pm.

Thursday Distribution – Help check in our clients, pack food bags, monitor the tables of food items, or hand the bags of packed food to our clients who come between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Bagel Brigade – Thursday afternoon collect excess bagels from a local baker, return them to the Pantry, and bag the bagels for distribution.

Farmers Market – On a rotating schedule, each Wednesday evening between April and October, volunteers go to the San Leandro Farmers Market to pick up produce donated to the Pantry by the various farmers/vendors.  This produce is distributed on Thursday evenings.

Food Drives – Organizations (i.e., Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts) gather food and donate it to the food pantry.

Pick/harvest fruit – There are times when we receive a call that someone has fruit to donate to the pantry, but it needs to be picked/harvested.

Postal Workers Food Drive – The second weekend in May, we receive the food picked up by the Castro Valley/Hayward Postal Workers annual food drive.  Volunteers sort and box the food. Please visit the National Association of Letter Carriers to learn more.  Please consider donating food to this very important drive.

Want to Help?

Volunteer to help at our Thursday evening distributions.  Please contact us by either calling the church office at (510) 582-0818, and leave your name and phone number, or email us at Food Pantry.

Drop off non-perishable food at the church Monday through Friday and Sunday mornings.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Food Pantry, you can donate either online by clicking on Giving in the menu at flccv.org, and select option 1, or by USPS mail c/o Faith Lutheran Church, 20080 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley, CA 94546.


Did you know?

As of the end of September, we have distributed food to over 6,900 people, or more than 1,750 families. This equates to over 58,000 pounds of food, and we estimate that by the year’s end, we will have helped over 9,200 people, 2,300 families, and distributed in excess of 81,000 pounds of food.

Future Plans

Help us plan the future of our Pantry in meeting the needs of our local community.  Become a volunteer, raise your voice for those who cannot, and help chart the future course of our Pantry.  Everyone is welcome; all input is encouraged, and your voice is important.

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