Holiday Food Resource

By Children Rising
December 15, 2011

This holiday season, families are more in need of food than previous years.
One of our star partners, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, has a holiday help line that assists families in need.
The number to call is 1.800.870.FOOD to initiate the process detailed below:
When a person calls the helpline they will be greeted by one of the Food Bank’s friendly volunteers that will assist the client access food the same day in their neighborhood. The helpline will ask the client a few personal confidential questions (such as their name, DOB, address, household size & income source).  With this information they will locate a pantry near their home.
The helpline will call the food pantry to verify that the pantry is open and have food available for the client to pick up. The client does not come to the ACCFB warehouse to pick up the food; rather it will be somewhere near the clients home.  
The type, quality and quantity of food varies depending on the food pantry. Some food pantries have multiple food programs such as EFB, USDA and pantry food.  Generally the pantry will try to give the client a 1-2 days of emergency food supply. The amount will also vary depending on how many persons are in the household.  
The client will also be informed of other programs they might be eligible for, such as USDA food commodities, CalFresh (food stamps), WIC, school meals, and senior programs. They will receive an information packet with all this material.
Please re-post and pass this along to get the word out that there are resources for families that need food for the holidays in Alameda County!

Gift of Hope

By Children Rising
December 8, 2011

Have you ordered your gift of hope yet?

Each card that you order will give a student’s family a bag of food for the weekend OR provide a book bag (with age-appropriate stories) to a child OR send a 5th-grader to science camp.

Each card will come with the gift that you specify and fall into these price ranges:
Weekend food bag: $4
Bring-home story bag: $35
Science camp scholarship: $125

Please call us at the office, or email Madalyn to find out how you can participate.

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