We are an emergency food source for low-income families or individuals. Referrals are accepted from agencies, churches and community groups helping people with emergency needs. The referrals are directed to the Faith Lutheran Church Office.

We provide non-perishable food for 2 days. Individuals or agencies may pick up the box of food at the Food Pantry. A family or individual may receive food once every 3 months, or 4 times in a 12-month period, excluding the annual Thanksgiving food basket giveaway. Agencies can provide up to 10 names each week. Faith Lutheran Church is associated with the Alameda County Community Food Bank in it’s task to provide food to those in need.

If anyone is need of food immediately, contact the ACCFB help-line at 510-635-3663.


Weekly Distribution
– we pack and distribute boxes of food for 10 to 20 families referred by agencies in the area.

Thursday Evening Distribution – Federal and county emergency food programs supplies 2 days of food for people who meet the low income requirements. Recipients can receive food once a month. Referrals come from Alameda County Food Bank, local Churches and people who receive food from this program. Distributed every Thursday 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Holiday Food Baskets – Agencies in the area provide referrals of people who need a Thanksgiving meal. Volunteers pack and distribute 200 to 220 food baskets for Thanksgiving.

Volunteer Opportunities

Postal Workers Food Drive Sort
– Second weekend in May we receive the food picked up by the Hayward/Castro Valley Postal Workers annual food drive. Volunteers sort and box by type. Please visit www.helpstampouthunger.com for more information.

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

Thanksgiving Food Baskets – Volunteers purchase food items, pack boxes and help distribute food on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Help us pack Thanksgiving Food Baskets this year. Please sign up on one of the following Thursdays: October 19th, October 26th, or November 2nd, in the Church Office 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., or at the Food Pantry 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please see the flyer for additional information.

Wednesday Packing – Volunteers pack 2 days of food for families referred by agencies.

Thursday Distribution – Volunteers check in, pack food bags, and distribute to recipients who come between 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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.

Want to Help?

Drop off non-perishable food at the church Monday through Friday and Sunday mornings.
Volunteer to help with food packing and food distribution, 1 to 2 hours each month. Please contact the church at (510) 582-0818, and leave your name and phone number. You can also email questions to foodpantry@flccv.org

If you’re interested, you can make a monetary donation c/o Faith Lutheran Church for the food pantry.

Did you know?


In a given month, the food pantry feeds over 1,300 people or 300 families.

Thank you to everyone for their help with Thanksgiving baskets. We packed 171 baskets which will feed 811 people!!