• Bay Area Community Inspiration

    Thanksgiving: Community Service & Special Programs

    Thanksgiving baskets and dinners are available for families in need throughout the Bay Area along with various Thanksgiving services in a number of congregations.  

    We will continue to update this article, as we become aware of additional opportunities.  Have a suggestion? Please email info@faithinthebay.com with your service and basket giveaway details.  

    Alameda

    ALAMEDA FOOD BANK
    650 W. Ranger St. Alameda, CA  — 510-523-5850
    Thanksgiving baskets: No pre-registration. First come, first served. November 24th 11am-1pm. Need proof of Alameda residency.
    Christmas baskets: Vouchers for Christmas baskets will be given when people pick up their Thanksgiving baskets
    Christmas Toys: Register 11/1 – 11/30
     
    CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
    1700 Santa Clara Ave. Alameda, CA
    510-814-4209
    Thanksgiving Meal: Thursday November 26th from 11am -2pm. No pre-registration. 

    Berkeley

    BERKELEY EMERGENCY FOOD AND HOUSING PROJECT
    Thanksgiving Meal: at Trinity Church (2362 Bancroft) in Berkeley. Meal served from 1pm-2:30pm.
    No pre-registration
     
    McGEE AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH
    1640 Stuart St., Berkeley, CA
    510-843-1774
    Thanksgiving Dinner: Thursday November 26th following morning service (around 1-2 pm).
    No pre-registration 

    Oakland

    SALVATION ARMY CENTER
    1601 6th Ave., Oakland, CA
    510-645-9710
    Thanksgiving Meal: Thursday November 26th from 11am-2pm. Call for more info
    Christmas Meal: TBA
     
    CITY OF OAKLAND HUNGER RELIEF PROGRAM
    510-986-2721
    Thanksgiving Meal will be held Tuesday, November 24th at the City Center Oakland Marriott Hotel at 1100 Broadway from 11am-2pm. Free transportation can be arranged, call for more info 72 hours in advance. There will be a coat giveaway as well. Click here for event flyer
     
    ALLEN TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH
    8501 International Blvd, Oakland, CA
    510-544-8910
    Thanksgiving Dinner: Thursday November 27th, 11am-4pm. No pre-registration.

    PEOPLE’S MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
    8825 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA
    510-430-1496
    Thanksgiving Dinner: Thursday November 26th, 12PM-3PM
    Christmas Dinner: December 25th, 12PM-3PM
    No pre-registration required 

    BEEBE MEMORIAL CATHEDRAL / FIRST AME CHURCH
    5th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Worship Service  –  Wednesday, November 25, 2009 ~ 7.00 p.m.
    First AME Church, 3701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California
    For more information, call 510.655.6114 or email info@experiencebmc.org

    Richmond

    THANKSGIVING EMERGENCY FOOD BAG GIVEAWAY
    9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    123 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, CA

    We are distributing a free food bags for families in-need of our community. In one set food bags, there is a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings enough to feed a family of eight.  Thanksgiving Food Bag Tickets are given-away in advance to families in-need of our community and must be presented to receive a food bag.

    For more information, please call 510-215-4555 or email info@BayAreaRescue.org.

    Tri-Valley

    TRI-VALLEY HAVEN FOOD PANTRY
    418 Junction Ave, Livermore, CA
    925-449-1664
    Thanksgiving Baskets: Sign up now – 11/7 in person. Food is to be picked up November 25th between 8am-6pm and November 26th between 9am-3pm
    *Eligibility only for residents of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Sunol
    Registrants must come to the food pantry and pre-register with proof of residence and ID. 

    South County

    SALVATION ARMY- HAYWARD
    510-581-6444
    Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets: Registration between 10/22-10/23 between 10am-12pm and 2-4 pm. Need ID, proof of income, and PG&E bill.
     
    7th STEP FOUNDATION
    475 Medford Ave., Hayward, CA
    510-278-0230
    Thanksgiving Baskets: Call November 15th to sign up. Distribution will take place November 20th between 10am-3pm. Only 27 baskets. Need ID
     
    DAVIS STREET COMMUNITY CENTER
    3081 Teagarden St., San Leandro, CA
    510-635-8200
    Christmas Baskets: Registration 11/2-11/25. Call for more info
    Residents of San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Castro Valley only.
    Must provide proof of income, verification of residence, ID, immunization cards, social security, or Medi-Cal cards for all children to verify household size.
     
    FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH
    20080 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley, CA
    510-582-0818
    Thanksgiving Baskets: Sign up Thursday November 5th and Thursday November 12th between 7pm-8pm at the food pantry. Distribution November 21st.
    Residents of Hayward, Castro Valley, and Ashland.

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