Community Resource: Food Assistance



Great Plates:

Great Plates programs in the SF Bay Area contact information:

  • Alameda County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Care & Shelter: call 925-803-7943 or email
  • Contra Costa County (Helpline): call 800-510-2020
  • Cities in Santa Clara County including San Jose (Sourcewise): call 408-350-3200, select Option 1
  • City & County of San Francisco (Dept. of Disability & Aging Helpline): call 415-355-6700
  • County of San Mateo (Hotline): call 800-675-8437

Listings for the entire State of California can be found at

Oakland Great Plates Program

  • The Great Plates Program will provide meals to adults 65 and older and adults 60-64 at high-risk, as defined by the CDC and who are unable to access meals while staying at home and are ineligible for other nutrition programs.
  • If approved, applicants will receive two (2) lunches and (2) dinners on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for a total of 12 meals per week. Each qualifying applicant will need to submit their own application, up to two per household. Once your submitted application has been reviewed, you will be contacted for further follow up. If you have questions, please email or call 510-238-FOOD (3663).
  • To qualify you must be an Oakland resident and meet all of the following criteria:
    • Are either one of the following: (1) age 65 or older, (2) age 60-64 and have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, (3) age 60-64 are considered high risk by the CDC
    • Live alone or with one other program-eligible adult
    • Earn less than $74,940 (single) or $101,460 (2-person)
    • Are not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs, like CalFresh/SNAP or Meals on Wheels
    • Have difficulty accessing food or preparing meals


Community Town Fridges:

Community members have created several community fridges where people can donate or get what they need in Oakland, locations include:

North Oakland
59th Street & Marshall
44th Street & Telegraph

West Oakland
West Grand & San Pablo
28th Street & Peralta
26th Street & Peralta
16th Street & West
14th Street & Peralta
10th & Mandela

Broadway & 15th Street (in plaza)
10th Street & Oak

East Oakland
Bartlett & Deering
Fruitvale & East 15th Street
76th Avenue & MacArthur

For more information


Free Food Pantry: 



CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities.

CalFresh Benefits Helpline


AHS Patients can get assistance in CalFresh Applications/Renewals at Membership Services.

CalFresh Application (English)

Application in Chinese 食物券应用

Application in Hmong Daim Ntawv Thov Nyiaj Muas Noj

Application in Mien Food Stamp Nyei Formh

Application in Tagalog Aplikasyon Para sa Food Stamp

Application in Vietnamese Đơn Xin Trợ Cấp Phiếu Thực Phẩm


Women, Infants and Children (WIC):

To qualify for WIC, you must meet income guidelines (PDF) and be in any of the categories below:

  • A pregnant woman
  • A woman breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • A woman who had a baby or was pregnant in the past 6 months
  • A baby up to his or her first birthday
  • A child up to his or her fifth birthday

You may qualify if you receive Medi-Cal, CalWORKs (TANF) or CalFresh (SNAP) benefits.Babies and children cared for by their fathers, other guardians, or foster parents are also eligible.

Working families and migrant families are also welcome to apply.

Use the WIC eligibility assessment tool on WIC mobile to see if you qualify

Set up an appointment at a WIC local agency near you! Visit our mobile-friendly website at to find a WIC local agency site near you.


Alameda County Food Bank Helpline: 510-635-3663

East Oakland Collective Offering supplies and food for seniors, unhoused folks, people with compromised immune systems. Please contact EOC for availability of supplies and food at 510-990-0775 or


East Bay Community Support 

East Bay Disabled Folks COVID19 Support Request Form:

SOS Meals on Wheels ( To inquire about meal delivery service in Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, or San Lorenzo, call Deborah Kuehner at 510-582-1263, ext. 114. And for meal delivery service in Oakland, call Kathy Gonzales at 510-582-1263, ext. 101.


Project Open Hand:

Call: 415-447-2300


Trybe Oakland:

Trybe is organizing volunteers to do food drop-offs in Oakland. Requests can only be made online: and by email:


All children in Oakland – 18 years old and younger – and students in OUSD’s Young Adult Program can receive free meals. 

There are two ways to receive this food: (1) Free Home Delivery, or (2) Pick Up

(1) Free Home Delivery 

To support families who can not go to our food hubs because they are supporting students during distance learning, OUSD families living in Oakland will be able to sign up for weekly home delivery of OUSD meals. Once enrolled, families will receive:

  • A week’s worth of OUSD meals for each child in the house:  7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 suppers 
  • Twice a month families will also receive a fresh box of vegetables (thanks to generous donors)

An OUSD student and any of their siblings (18 years old and younger) who live in the same household are eligible for meal delivery. At least one child in the household must attend an OUSD school.

To sign up, you will need the OUSD ID number of at least one child in the household. Most students know their ID number. The ID number is the student’s lunch number and their technology password during distance learning. If you do not know your child’s ID number, contact your school site.  

Families can enroll directly by filling out one of these google forms:

If a family has an issue, needs to change or cancel their meal service, we ask that they please complete this change form.  

(2) Pick Up  

Meals are available at 13 locations throughout the city. Families no longer have to prove their students attend District-run schools. Students attending charter schools, private schools, or homeschooled are all eligible. Pick Up days are Mondays and Thursdays, between 8am and 1pm.  Please note:

  • Social Distancing measures and face coverings are required.
  • Kids do not need to be present to pick up food. 

Multiple days worth of food can be picked up at once. (Three meals for each weekday, and two meals for each weekend day.)

Meal Pick Up Locations starting in 2021:

Click here for a map

  • Sankofa Academy 581 61st St
  • West Oakland Middle School 991 14th St
  • Hoover Elementary School 890 Brockhurst St
  • Oakland High School 1023 MacArthur Blvd
  • Garfield Elementary School 1640 22nd Ave
  • Bret Harte Middle School 3700 Coolidge Ave
  • Life Academy / United for Success Academy 2101 35th Ave
  • Coliseum College Prep Academy 1390 66th Ave
  • Madison Park Academy, Upper 400 Capistrano Dr
  • Fremont High School 4610 Foothill Blvd
  • Elmhurst United Middle School 1800 98th Ave
  • Castlemont High School 8601 MacArthur Blvd Mondays & Thursdays


Oakland At Risk:

Oakland At Risk can match people over  with a low-risk volunteer who lives in your community and wants to help you by getting groceries, picking up prescriptions, and checking in every couple of days. 


Thank you — Krista and Paige


Need help signing up?

Call 510-306-4973

District 7 – 786-474-5600 OR 415-283-9173


Alameda County Food Bank

AHS is partnering with Alameda County Food Bank in providing monthly food distribution to our community members. Please read and follow the rules below.

Thank you for coming to our food distribution. To promote a positive experience for all we kindly want to remind you of the following:

  1. All are welcome! Everyone, regardless of race, gender, age, and language, is able to participate in our food distribution.
  2. Lines and order: Since there is always a large crowd, we ask that you line up and follow our staff’s instructions. If there is an issue, please flag one of our staff to assist you.
  3. Respect, Patience, and Calmness: Stay calm and patient with other community members and staff. To ensure fairness, you are unable to save a spot in line for an individual that is not physically present. Each household can only receive one bag of food. Food cannot be exchanged.
  4. Distance: Our staff will need space to prepare and distribute food. We kindly ask that you stay in line and refrain from leaning into the food bins for a look. ​
  5. Safety: Your safety is our highest priority. If a situation becomes unsafe, we may need to stop or pause the food distribution ensure safety for all.

Food Distribution Flyers








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