In this economic downturn, many are not sure where to turn for assistance in times of great hunger. Starting the third Tuesday of every month, people in need can turn to the Oakland Public Library and the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) for help.
The library has teamed up with this organization so that staff can be available on the library campus to assist people in applying for food stamps. Additionally, Alameda County Community Food Bank staff will aid in connecting people to food programs in their communities.
Tomorrow’s visit from the food bank will be at the Asian Branch from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. For those in dire need, the food bank also has an emergency food helpline: (800) 870-FOOD (3663) which operates Monday through Friday 9AM to 4PM.
With the Holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to donate (it’s tax deductable) or volunteer. Get involved in organizing a food drive or participating in one. For an even greener solution, you can do a virtual food drive online. If you have more you give, think about becoming a sponsor or advocate.
The holidays are not the only time to help. Keep in touch with ACCFB throughout the year. There are plenty of other programs such as Free Summer Lunch, Scouting for Food (facilitated by the Boy Scouts), School Food Drive, and many more.