Our most important service to the community is our Food Bank. We are the largest client-direct food bank in Alameda County, providing some 16,000 individuals with over 6 million pounds of food in 2013. We receive Emergency Food Boxes from the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Surplus Food from the USDA. We also have strong ties to local stores and small businesses who allow us to rescue good food that would normally go to waste. Local faith-based organizations and school groups often run food drives for us to supplement our supply. We are sincerely thankful for the support of the community in gathering food for those who need it.
Grocery Cart Program
Our Grocery Cart Program clients can expect to receive healthy, nutritious food including: seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, canned and boxed goods, meats, and dairy items. Item availability is based on donations and the season. Clients can access this program twice a month. Volunteers are needed to help bring filled grocery carts to client’s transportation. Our Grocery Cart Program serves an average of 1,500 families each week.
Bagged Lunch Program
For clients who may not have access to a stove or food storage, our Bag Lunch Program provides a fresh meal and a warm smile. Sandwiches are often donated by local faith based organizations and school groups. We are always in need of more. About 50 individuals access our bagged lunches every day.
Something about our thrift store quickens the heart and brings a smile to the face. Our customers know that we give them the opportunity to save money and to find something useful, if not unique. They love to talk to us too. Many of our shoppers come by every day and we are proud to know them so very well.
Many of Tri-City Volunteers thrift store customers shop with us because they are clients of our food bank and have to watch what they spend. They love our low, low prices. For others, it’s about the thrill of the hunt and the promise of treasure – YOUR OLD STUFF!
For the benefit of our low-income shoppers, we keep the prices of all our donations low. See our price by color chart below and, remember, every Thursday is SALE DAY and all our clothing and furniture is half price:
For county-wide information and referrals, please phone 211 or search: http://www.211.org/