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I'll be cooking a turkey on Thanksgiving but some people are not as fortunate or out of work or homeless and can't do so.
Here's a list of places that will be feeding people on Thanksgiving around the Bay.
If you buy $ 25 at Safeway you can buy a turkey for as low as $ 6.99.
Should you be so inclined, perhaps donating a turkey to an organization that gives out food baskets to the needy would be in order this season.
I've done this in the past by going in and buying stuff at one Safeway and getting my turkey and then going to another and donating the 2nd turkey to an organization.
# "Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving" -- 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Local churches are planning a home-cooked style meal of turkey with all the trimmings for anyone in need of a hot meal on Thanksgiving. The meal will be served at First Lutheran Church, 4000 Concord Blvd., Concord. The church is also collecting new socks in all sizes, new or gently used blankets/sleeping bags, coats, and gloves for distribution after the meal. Donations are accepted 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays, at First Lutheran Church through Nov. 23. If donations cannot be left during those hours or for details, call 925-270-0984.
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Free holiday meals in Oakland and the East Bay
By OaklandSeen.com | Published November 19, 2010
With Oakland’s 17% unemployment rate, there are many local folks that are among the 15 million “food insecure” Americans. That means they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. But there is help available. Here are some details about where to obtain food baskets and holiday meals.
If you or anyone you know will be hungry and alone during the holiday season, please refer them to one of these locations. The Thanksgiving tradition includes the concept of plenty for everyone. Please share this information far and wide.
ALAMEDA COUNTY FOOD BANK
7900 Edgewater Drive
Oakland, CA 94621
Thanksgiving Basket registration starts Nov. 1st
Christmas Basket registration starts Dec. 1st.
SALVATION ARMY CENTER
1601 6th Ave., Oakland, CA
Thanksgiving Meal: Thursday November 25th from 11am-2pm. Call for more info
Christmas Meal: Saturday December 25th Toy Registration: Call for more details
CITY OF OAKLAND HUNGER RELIEF PROGRAM
Thanksgiving Meal will be held Tuesday, November 23rd at the City Center Oakland Marriott City Center at 1001 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.
Christmas: call 510-777-TOYS for Mayors Toy Drive information
Harbor House Ministries
1811 11th Ave. Oakland, CA 94606
CHRISTMAS ADOPT-A-FAMILY and CHRISTMAS STORE
Donations of new toys allow parents the dignity of purchasing gifts for their children at greatly reduced prices.
THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS
Every year Harbor House partners with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, churches and community groups to provide special holiday baskets of food to the families in our community.
Contact Tiffany Shieh or 510-534-0165 x206
ALLEN TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH
8501 International Blvd, Oakland, CA
Thanksgiving Dinner: Thursday November 25th, 11am-3pm. No pre-registration.
Christmas: Black Firefighters Annual Food Give-away Saturday Dec. 18th 9am to 5pm.Toy Giveaway Saturday Dec. 18th. 9am to 3pm
PEOPLE’S MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
8825 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA
Thanksgiving Dinner: Thursday November 25th, 12PM-3PM Christmas Dinner: December 25th, 12PM-3PM
LAKE MERRITT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
1330 Lakeshore Avenue., Oakland, CA
Thanksgiving Dinner: Thursday November 25th, 12PM-2PM
SOMETHING GOOD SECOND HAND STORE
5845 Macarthur Blvd Oakland, Ca 94605
(Corner of Seminary And Camden Avenue)
Free hot dinners to the first 500 people in need on Thanksgiving Day 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
All families welcome
ALAMEDA FOOD BANK
650 W. Ranger St. Alameda, CA
Thanksgiving baskets: No pre-registration. First come, first served. November 23rd 11am-1pm. Need proof of Alameda residency.
Christmas baskets: Vouchers for Christmas baskets will be given when folk pick up their Thanksgiving baskets Christmas Toys: Register 11/1 – 11/30
CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1700 Santa Clara Ave. Alameda, CA
Thanksgiving Meal: Thursday November 25th from 11am -2pm. No pre-registration.
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
Thanksgiving Dinner: Thursday November 25th following morning service (around 11am-3 pm). No preregistration
TRI-VALLEY HAVEN FOOD PANTRY
418 Junction Ave, Livermore, CA
Thanksgiving Baskets: Sign up in person. Food is to be picked up November 23rd between 8am-6pm
Registrants must come to the food pantry and pre-register with proof of residence and ID.
Christmas; registration by November 10th Mon Tues Wed 12-6pm Parents choose toys. Distribution on Dec. 9th and 11th.
SALVATION ARMY- HAYWARD
Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets: Registration Saturday Nov. 13th between 9am-2 pm. Need ID,proof of income, and PG&E bill.
Thanksgiving Dinner: Thursday November 25th, 11AM-1PM at 4 different locations
7th STEP FOUNDATION
475 Medford Ave., Hayward, CA
DAVIS STREET COMMUNITY CENTER
3081 Teagarden St., San Leandro, CA
Christmas Baskets: Registration 11/2-11/29. 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
FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH
20080 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley, CA
Thanksgiving Baskets: Sign up Thursday November 4th and Thursday November 11th between 7pm-8pm at the food pantry. Distribution November 20th.
Lifetime – From GED’s to PHD’s *limited
1880 Fairway Drive San Leandro, CA 94577
37350 Joseph Street, Fremont, CA
Thanksgiving Meal Thursday November 25th 11am-1pm at Pizza Patio 39197 Farwell Drive, Fremont, CA 94538
Christmas: Tree of Life Thursday, November 11th.
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9 Responses to “Free holiday meals in Oakland and the East Bay”
carissa walentiny carissa walentiny says:
November 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm
Hi, I would like to volunteer in helping serve a thanksgiving meal on thanksgiving. I am in the Fremont area, so the Tri-City Volunteers may work best…if theres avalibility. Please email me or give me a call (510) 493-0670. Thank you
Abby King Kaiser Abby King Kaiser says:
November 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm
Fruitvale Presbyterian Church in the Dimond will also serve a Thanksgiving meal on Subday, Nov. 21st at 1pm. 2735 MacArthur Blvd. at Coolidge.
Patricia Tea Patricia Tea says:
November 23, 2010 at 9:09 am
Hi, I would like to volunteer in helping serve a thansgiving meal on Thanksgiving. I live in San Ramon, and the Tri-City Volunteers would work best. You can email or call 925-890-3927.
Aimee Aimee says:
November 24, 2010 at 2:55 am
I would also like to volunteer helping to serve a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. I live in Oakland. 510-390-0566.
Claudia Ivette Sanchez Claudia Ivette Sanchez says:
December 6, 2010 at 11:54 am
Visit this link for more Oakland Holiday Events:
Tenisha Tenisha says:
December 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm
I would like to volunteer serving meals for christmas please contact me via email/phone 510-501-0028
Julie Whitmer Julie Whitmer says:
December 17, 2010 at 10:33 am
Hello: I would like to volunteer to help serve (breakfast) on Christmas morning or help wrap gifts for children. If I can help next week working in another capacity, please contact me. Happy Holidays! Julie
George George says:
December 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm
Does anyone know were a poor almost homeless person can get Christmas dinner on Christmas eve or Christmas day?
I don’t have much and dis-enfranchised from my family. Need a helping hand this season.
Any one knowing of a place pls let me know…
Thank you and God bless
George George says:
December 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm
Oh yes, I’m in Livermore, Thank you.
NO. It's NOT me. - Falkie
ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- The spirit of giving is on display in Alameda County cities today, with various groups distributing or serving up Thanksgiving meals.
In Berkeley, members of the city's Police Department, the Berkeley Boosters Association and the University of California Police Department met at 6 a.m. to assemble 250 food baskets.
Each basket contains a turkey, fresh produce and enough canned and packaged food to serve about eight people. They will be handed out by uniformed Berkeley police and parking officers.
Twenty Berkeley and UC police officers raised about $8,000 for the food baskets earlier this year when they rode more than 200 miles in three days on their bicycles.
The Alameda Food Bank will distribute 500-plus turkeys at its warehouse at 650 W. Ranger Ave. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
In addition to the turkeys, the food bank will give away stuffing, gravy and 2,500 pounds of produce to eligible families.
The food will be handed out by volunteers from the Alameda Fire Department, Clif Bar and the software company Wind River.
The Oakland Department of Human Services, along with the Community Action Partnership and the Emergency Food Providers Committee, is hosting the 19th annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Marriott Oakland City Center at 1001 Broadway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
The event is open to all low-income or homeless families and individuals.
More than 2,500 people were served at the dinner last year.
At 5 p.m., Oakland Raiders players will help serve Thanksgiving meals to youngsters at the Dream Catchers Youth Shelter and Support Center at 422 Jefferson St. in Oakland.
On Wednesday evening, Raiders linebackers will host a Thanksgiving dinner for the residents of Paradise Residential Homes at 136 Valdivia Circle in San Ramon. Paradise Residential Homes is a place for youths who have left foster care.
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