Support the Hunger Program

You can donate your time as a volunteer or make a financial donation to support the Hunger Program for low-income Oaklanders.

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Volunteer with the Hunger Program

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer opportunities are currently closed. The City continues to accept financial donations to power the program.

Financial Donation

Each year the City of Oakland Hunger Program provides over 10,000 emergency brown bags of groceries to low-income Oakland residents, and holds two special events, the Annual Community Day of Thanks (formerly the Thanksgiving Dinner) and the Project Homeless Connect outreach fair. All of the Hunger Program activities are performed by volunteers from the community, and these programs are made possible through generous donations from local businesses, corporations, and individuals.

Your donations help provide low-income families and individuals with emergency food, and help to sponsor our special events. Please join us in the fight against hunger! Your donations are tax-deductible. For the Community Day of Thanks, a donation of $26 will provide a meal for one guest and $104 for a family of four.

Please make your check payable to the City of Oakland Hunger Program and mail to: City of Oakland Hunger Program, Attn: Talia Rubin, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 4340, Oakland, CA 9461.

Volunteer Time

Last year, more than 3,900 volunteers donated more than 27,000 hours to the City of Oakland Hunger Programs. Volunteers staff our annual special events, such as the Annual Community Day of Thanks, by acting as waiters and serving dinners to low-income homeless persons and seniors. Our volunteers also staff the Project Homeless Connect events every year. Other volunteer opportunities include packing and distributing brown bags of groceries at local food pantries in Oakland neighborhoods, and donating food or clothing to our volunteer agencies.