To eliminate hunger and promote financial self-sufficiency in Alameda County and beyond, by distributing food and providing volunteer opportunities and job training in order to improve the quality of life for all in our community, especially children, youth, low-income families and seniors.
To be California’s leading client-direct food bank by providing the highest possible quality food and services that address the social causes of hunger.
Who We Are
Tri-City Volunteers in a non-denominational, non-profit organization that provides food assistance and low cost clothing and household items to the residents of Alameda County. We are the largest client-direct food bank in the area. We serve up to 16,000 individuals EVERY MONTH through our food cart and bag lunch programs. With a staff of 10, a volunteer force of almost 1,900, and a budget that barely breaks $600,000, we are extremely efficient in distributing over 6 million pounds of food annually.
We serve all low-income residents of Alameda County. Many of our clients come from migrant families, are under-employed, or are facing unemployment due to disability, a lack of relevant work skills, or other barriers.
How We Work
We receive surplus food items from the US Government and Alameda County. Our fresh produce comes from local farmers and businesses. We rescue food from local businesses and grocery stores by picking up day old bread and baked goods, or other food items that did not sell by their “prime date”. All of our food is good- we refuse any expired or spoiled items. We also greatly appreciate nonperishable food donations from the community.
Our doors are open Monday through Thursday 8:30am-4pm and Friday from 8:30am-3pm. We accept new clients from 1pm-2pm.
Clients line up outside our doors every weekday and are provided with either a bag lunch or a cart of food. Generous volunteers dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that the carts are packed and clients are prepared to take their food home.
Tri-City Volunteers was founded in 1970 by a group of community members who saw a need for better food security in the tri-cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City. We have been in our current building since then, with a brief renovation period.