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Lake Merritt UMC Food Pantry

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Lake Merritt United Methodist Church

1330 Lakeshore Ave

Oakland, CA 94606

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Lake Merritt UMC Food Pantry is open during this pandemic. Help be an extension of the Alameda County Community Food Bank!

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We are in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our communities. The Lake Merritt United Methodist Church (LMUMC) Food Pantry has been serving the Oakland community and the Alameda County for over 35 years by providing free food to individuals and families. The Food Pantry distributes fresh produce and nutritious shelf stable food (such as tofu, canned chicken, dried beans, rice and hot cereal). We are continuing the work of the food pantry with modifications to our typical procedures to ensure safety for volunteers and community members seeking food.

When:

Food Bagging: Friday before distribution at 12:30 -1:30 and 1:30-3:30 pm. Volunteers may sign up for both shifts or one.

Food Distribution: Saturday (typically 4th Saturday of the month, holidays may vary) 8:00-11 am

Due to COVID-19 spread concerns, we are limiting the number of volunteers we typically have to run the distribution. When tickets run out on Eventbrite we have reached our maximum. If you are willing to be on call if a vacancy occurs unexpectedly, please sign up for the waitlist or send a message through Eventbrite.

Help Needed:

Friday Food Baggers: A team of volunteers are needed to bag food resources. While we typically gather over thirty volunteers each month, we will be reducing our operation to meet the safety levels of those gathering. Note that the work space allows for good social distancing and frequent handwashing.

Saturday Distributors: A team of volunteers are needed to prepare and distribute bags on the Saturday.

Language Interpreters: We are also seeking individuals who are able and willing to serve as language interpreters in the primary languages of the food pantry visitors including Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and others.

Drivers: We are working on setting up a drop off system to enable seniors to shelter in place.

Please indicate if you are volunteering with a group, if you able to support as a language interpreter, food bagger, distributor, or driver.

Needs are subject to change.

Why and Impact

Hunger is a serious problem in Alameda County. 1 in 5 families in the county rely on ACCFB Agencies for food. Our Food Pantry fills an important need in the Lake Merritt area. An average of 430 families come for food each time, with an aggregate total for the year of almost 10,000 families. Last year, we distributed 127,910 pounds of food to these families, including 55,775 pounds of fresh produce. The ACCFB supplies the fresh produce free of charge and subsidizes the cost of the shelf stable food. We are staffed completely by volunteers from the church and community; students from several Oakland youth organizations volunteer regularly, as do a number of the food recipients.

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Lake Merritt United Methodist Church

1330 Lakeshore Ave

Oakland, CA 94606

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Organizer LMUMC Connectional Ministries

Organizer of Lake Merritt UMC Food Pantry

LMUMC Connectional Ministries envisions and implements programs that connect LMUMC with individuals who identify as part of the church community and those beyond who desire to be in service to those in our shared community. Programs include the monthly Food Pantry distribution, a Food Pantry Partnership twice a month with Laney College, Lake Lunches (lakeside lunch distribution program) twice a week, and most recently Feasting with Friends, a weekly dinner program for the unsheltered in partnership with Housing Consortium of the East Bay.

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