510.534.8540 ext. 369

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Twice a month, Dianne and three other residents of her senior community set up tables in the recreation room and help seniors fill their bags with produce and canned goods. She appreciates the good feeling that comes from volunteering, but also recognizes how the program fills a critical need.

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- Volunteer


“The program helps me in between my paychecks. Today I haven’t any food, will receive my check Wednesday – this food helps me out a lot, that’s the reason I am here, and the employees are great. Thank you.”

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- Recipient


The number of phone calls I receive asking for help can be staggering some days. Let me tell you about two calls that still haunt me and remind me why we continue to provide groceries. I use them as motivations when I’m struggling to keep up with the job.

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- Volunteer


Linda arrived in Sacramento to advocate for an increase in benefits for low income Californians. Seniors on SSI/SSP receive $889 a month. This doesn't even cover the cost of a market-rate apartment in Oakland, CA. Sitting across from her district represenitive he said, "Tell me your story."

She began, "Well, there...Read More

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- Volunteer


Alfred said he did not need a lot of food. It was just that he had been in the hospital all week. He would get his (SSI/SSP) check at the end of the week. For now the only thing in his fridge was some jam and some frosting....Read More

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- Volunteer


"I have a place to stay but I would like to have something to eat. I’m renting a place but the rent is so high I can’t afford to get food."

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- Recipient


"This program makes such a big difference in my life."

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- Recipient


"This is reality: You’re counting quarters for the washing machine and have to put it off for another month so you wear the cleanest of the dirties, just so you can eat."

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"I’ve never had to get free food before but I need Brown Bag to live. I have no money to buy food."

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"I can’t be on the program anymore because I am moving to Tracy, but I just called to say thank you for helping me survive."

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"After I learned about my brain tumor, I wanted to eat only organic food but I have to be realistic. I can’t afford that, if I did that I would hardly eat at all, so can I come back on...Read More

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"God put me on this task – stopped me from smoking and drinking. What I love best is to help people. Old people can’t get around, I like to help them, pick up bags for them, take it to them when they can’t walk. It helps me to keep a...Read More

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“I am 93 years old, and have just been released from convalescent home to be able to return to my apartment after an illness (broken ankle) and I am on SSI. After being in the convalescent home, I have no funds to buy groceries for myself now that I...Read More

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"I am 63 years old and pay $900 rent each month for a single room occupancy hotel room, my income is $953 a month. I learned of your program because you did a health and safety check and saw my refrigerator was completely empty. I am bed-confined and have bites...Read More

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- Recipient


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