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The Hunger Zine (PDF), made by a Food Not Bombs volunteer and updated in 2015, covers a lot of free eats throughout Berkeley and Oakland. Here is the section on Oakland: ­

Downtown Oakland

  • Open Door Mission
92 7th St. (& Oak)
Mon-Fri: Meal after 6:25pm service.
Sunday: 3pm meal.
Sun-Fri: 7am breakfast after service.
  • Food of God (FOG)
Every Thursday from 1-2:30 PM.
In the public park at the corner of 21st & San Pablo Ave. Across from Greyhound.
  • CityTeam International
722 Washington (at 7th St.)
Sign up through food bank (800-870-3663)
  • Food Not Bombs
Sundays, 3pm 14th and Jefferson Street
In front of the Sutter Hotel.
  • DreamCatcher Youth Support Drop-in Center
422 Jefferson (& 5th)
Mon-Thu: 5:30pm meal for youth 13-18.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
27th St & Broadway
Serves hot meal on Mondays and 1st Wed. of the month from 11am-2pm.

East Oakland

  • Brookins African Methodist Episcopal Church
2201 73rd Avenue, 94605
Must call for details
Breakfast, Groceries and Food Giveaway Programs
Serves breakfast to low-income residents of Oakland on certain Saturdays.
Offers food giveaways on specific days.
Also provides limited food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Lake Merritt United Methodist Church
1330 Lakeshore Avenue
Are you in need of food assistance? The Food Pantry distributes food the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month,10am-12:30pm. You can find the food distribution on the Lakeshore side of the church building, at the bottom of the stairs.
  • St. Elizabeth's Parish - Bread and Roses
1500 34th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94601
Must call for details
Provides food, nutritional perishables items, meals, and other aid.
  • East Oakland Food Pantry/Project Outreach/Canaan Baptist Church
6629 Bancroft Avenue, 94605
Must call for details
  • New Beginning International Ministry
5609 Foothill Blvd, 94605

North Oakland

  • Produce giveaway at the Mariposa House
828 59th street
Every Sunday afternoon 3-5 PM
Sponsored by Food Not Bombs
  • Phat Beets: Free produce stand
5709 Market St @ Arlington Medical Center.
Mondays 11am - 1pm (till all gone- Donations Welcome)
  • Auntie Frances Self Help Hunger Program
2pm Tuesday meal at Driver Park
Adeline & Stanford
  • Telegraph Community Center
5316 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, California 94609
We distribute food every Wednesday from 11am to 4pm and Friday from 10am to 2pm, except holidays.
  • College Avenue Presbyterian Church
5951 College (& Claremont), Oakland
Fri: “Friday Night On College” 6pm meal.

West Oakland

  • Food Not Bombs Food giveaway
Thursdays, 9:30 AM @ Park at corner of 21st & San Pablo, across from Greyhound.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Dining Facility
675 23rd St. (& San Pablo), Oakland
Tue-Sat (except 1st Wed of the month): 10:45am-12:45pm
  • St. Andrew’s Soup Kitchen
3220 San Pablo @ 32nd Oakland
M-F @ 1 PM
  • ECAP
Between 37th & 36th on San Pablo Ave
Food giveaway around 12 Noon Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sat.
Tuesday (2PM) & Thursday are BIG days to get your veggies, milk, etc. Closed on Sunday.
They also have clothes and other randomly donated items.
  • Food Not Bombs Hot Vegetarian Meal
Thursday 1:30-3:30 PM @ Metal Alliance Recycling 34th & San Pablo
  • People’s Kitchen
Sundays from 5-8:30
723 27th Street, Oakland
“Through community and food shared with love we can transcend the craziness in the world”
  • Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church
1188 12th Street (& Magnolia), Oakland 510-644-6164
1st & 3rd (sometimes 4th) Mon of the month: 4pm meal.
Call for monthly schedule.
Groceries distributed every Mon 1:30pm-3:30pm.


Food Helpline: 1-800-870-FOOD

Monday through Friday

9:00 am - 4:00 pm