Where to get free and low-cost food during the coronavirus crisis

A food resource guide for the East Bay’s vulnerable communities in need, including elderly, immunocompromised and food-insecure individuals, children and families, health care and essential food workers.

Amy Murray of Revival Bar+Kitchen shows off lunches she has made for the homeless as part of the Double Helping Hands program. Photo: John Caner

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread economic disruption and increased the number of people having difficulty procuring food supplies to feed themselves and their families. Food relief organizations are grappling with higher demand, reductions in food donations and volunteer shortages as they work to feed a growing population of food-insecure people. Some children now sheltering at home no longer have the same access to free meals that schools provided. Restaurants are trying to keep staff employed and remain profitable, despite losing a significant amount of business as a result of the shelter-in-place orders.

Despite these challenges, many local organizations, businesses and individuals are generously offering free or discounted food to vulnerable communities. Food pantries and shelters continue to offer meals, fresh produce, and groceries that they have long provided. Restaurants, grocery stores, nonprofits and startups are devising new, creative solutions to feed those in need and recognize first responders and other essential workers with food donations.

The following list presents some of the free and discounted food available, including how to access it, and how to volunteer or make a donation to ensure more people are fed.

Many programs focus on a particular group in need, so that’s how we’ve organized our list:


  • immunocompromised and/or elderly
  • Children who rely on meals at school
  • Low-income and food-insecure individuals
  • Healthcare workers and first responders
  • Essential food workers (restaurant, grocery store staff)

As circumstances are changing quickly, so too are some of the offerings. We encourage you to check websites or call to confirm availability of supplies and services before going to a food site.

Immunocompromised and/or elderly

Help Berkeley

What’s offered: dinner and lunch provided by more than half a dozen local restaurants for people who are self-isolating, sick or quarantined; anyone over 60 years old in any situation in need of food
Cost: $10 for one dinner and one lunch ration
Takeout and/or delivery: delivery to anywhere in Berkeley, Albany, and Kensington; possibly other areas depending upon resource availability
Hours: orders must be placed before 5 p.m. for next-day delivery
Dietary preference accommodation: some gluten-free and vegetarian offerings
ID or documentation required: none
Contact information: helpberkeley.org
Volunteer and donation opportunities: volunteers accepted

Oakland at Risk

What’s offered: program matches a healthy adult volunteer under 60 with an elder or immunocompromised person who requires support, including meal delivery
Cost: recipient pays full cost of meal, groceries, or other essentials (including pharmacy)
Takeout and/or delivery: delivery
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 510-306-4973, www.oaklandatrisk.com
Where to register/sign up? sign up online
Volunteer and donation opportunities: volunteers and donations accepted

Berkeley Mutual Aid

What’s offered: matches a high-risk individual with a low-risk individual who can provide assistance with various tasks, including meal procurement and delivery
Cost: recipient pays full cost of meal
Takeout and/or delivery: delivery
Dietary preference accommodation? yes
ID or documentation required? no
Contact information: 510-519-6770, www.berkeleymutualaid.org
Where to register/sign up? sign-up online
Volunteer and donation opportunities? volunteers accepted

Meals on Wheels – City of Berkeley

What’s offered: meal delivery for homebound seniors over 60 years old
Cost: $4 per meal suggested contribution
Takeout and/or delivery: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday and Thursday; chilled/frozen meals provided for all days of the week on the two days.
Dietary preference accommodation: no
ID or documentation required:  a phone assessment and client visits twice a year in order to re-register and renew eligibility
Contact information: 510-981-5250, tinyurl.com/y553kcue  
Volunteer and donation opportunities: volunteers accepted


Mercy Brown Bag

What’s offered: groceries for food-insecure seniors
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: delivery twice per month
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: must be a resident of Alameda County, 60 years or older with income less than 150% of the poverty line
Contact information: mercybrownbag.org/get-food; call 510-534-8540 ext. 369 and tell the receptionist you need groceries

Albany Senior Center

What’s offered: pre-packaged to-go meals for Albany seniors
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location: Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave., Albany
Hours: noon-1 p.m., Monday through Friday
Dietary preference accommodation: no
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 510-524-9122, seniorinfo@albanyca.org

Great Plates Delivered (Oakland)

What’s offered: this program is a partnership between FEMA, the State of California, the City of Oakland, and World Central Kitchen that feeds Oakland’s seniors three meals a day prepared by local food businesses
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: delivery
Hours: two lunches and two dinners are delivered Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays
Dietary preference accommodation: yes, dietary needs for health, religion and personal reasons can be noted in the application
ID or documentation required: Apply online; applicants must live in Oakland, live alone or with one other program-eligible adult, be 65 or older (or 60-64 and at high-risk or tested positive for COVID-19), earn less than $74,940 (single) or $101,460 (2-person), and not be currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs like CalFresh/Snap or Meals on Wheels
Contact information: 510-238-3663, greatplates@oaklandca.gov

Great Plates Delivered (Alameda County, not Oakland)

What’s offered: This program feeds Alameda County seniors two meals a day prepared by local food businesses
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: delivery
Hours: two lunches and two dinners are delivered Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays
Dietary preference accommodation: yes, dietary needs for health, religion and personal reasons can be noted in the application
ID or documentation required: Applicants must live in Alameda County, live alone or with one other program-eligible adult, be 65 or older (or 60-64 and at high-risk or tested positive for COVID-19), earn less than $74,940 (single) or $101,460 (2-person), and not be currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs like CalFresh/Snap or Meals on Wheels
Contact information: All eligible County residents who are interested or know someone who would benefit from enrollment in the program are encouraged to contact Alameda County to apply: E-mail ACGreatPlates@acgov.org; voicemail (925) 803-7943 or online https://acgreatplates.acgov.org/.

Children who rely on meals at school

A woman, dressed in black and with gloves on, stands in front of a cart holding a number of brown bagged meals
Catherine Alexander hands out bagged meals at King Middle School. Photo: Trish McDermott

Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD)

What’s offered: BUSD Nutrition Department is serving free breakfast and lunch meals for school children 18 and under.
Location: Berkeley Arts Magnet Elementary (2015 Virginia St.), Rosa Parks Elementary (920 Allston Way), Longfellow Middle School (1522 Ward St.), Willard Middle School (2425 Stuart St.), Berkeley High School (1980 Allston Way), Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School (1781 Rose St.)
Hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday (2 sets of breakfast and lunch distributed Monday and Wednesday to cover Tuesday and Thursday meals; every other Friday Berkeley Food Network supplies bags of groceries (one per family).
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Dietary preference accommodation: no
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: tinyurl.com/y9p3qt2v


Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)

What’s offered: breakfast and lunch meals for all OUSD students or families, and any Oakland child 18 and under
Location: Sankofa Elementary (581 61st St.), West Oakland Middle School (991 14th St.), Hoover Elementary (890 Brockhurst St.), Oakland High School (1023 MacArthur Blvd.), Garfield Elementary (1640 22nd Ave.), Bret Harte Middle School (3700 Coolidge Ave.), Life Academy/United for Success (2101 35th Ave.), Coliseum College Preparatory Academy (1390 66th Ave.), Madison Park Upper (400 Capistrano Dr.), Fremont High School (4610 Foothill Blvd.), Castlemont High School (8601 MacArthur Blvd.), Elmhurst United Middle School (1800 98th Ave.)
Hours: 8 a.m.-noon, Monday and Thursday; multiple days worth of food can be picked up to take home
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout; bring a grocery bag or cooler
Dietary preference accommodation: no
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: www.ousd.org/covid-19studentmeals
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted

Albany Unified School District (AUSD)

What’s offered: breakfast and lunch options for AUSD students and their guardians, any Albany child 18 and under
Location: Albany High School Cafeteria, 603 Key Route Blvd., Albany
Hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout; bring a grocery bag or cooler
Dietary preference accommodation: meal choices available
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: Sabina Feinburg, executive chef, 510-558-2608

Chevys Fresh Mex Emeryville

What’s offered: meals for children under 12 in response to many school district closures
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: both
Location: 1890 Powell St., Emeryville
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday
Dietary preference accommodation: yes, various options to choose from
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 510-653-8210, chevys.com/kids-eat-free

Low-income and food-insecure individuals

Emergency food bags at the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
Emergency food bags at the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Photo: Alameda County Community Food Bank

Alameda County Community Food Bank

What’s offered: ACCFB supplies partner food bank agencies and serves as a referral service for low-income and food insecure residents seeking emergency food
Cost: free at various partner organizations
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location: nearest food bank agency partner
Hours: varies by partner
Contact information: 510-635-3663, 800-870-FOOD helpline for emergency food, www.accfb.org
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations and volunteers accepted

Berkeley Food Pantry

What’s offered: Berkeley and Albany residents receive emergency groceries; families with children receive a supplemental bag of food.
Location: 1600 Sacramento St., Berkeley
Hours: 2-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Dietary preference accommodation: yes, subject to availability
ID or documentation required: photo ID and proof of Berkeley or Albany residence
Contact information: 510-525-2280, www.berkeleyfoodpantry.org
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted; food may be donated through the Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project

Ecology Center farmers market – Market Match

What’s offered: doubles the value of CalFresh EBT for purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, honey, and other grocery staples
Cost: spend $10 in Calfresh, get $10 to spend on fruits and vegetables at the farmers market
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: Center Street & MLK Jr. Way (10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday); Shattuck and Vine (3-7 p.m., Thursday); Adeline and 63rd Streets (2-6:30 p.m., Tuesday)
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: Jenna Fahle, 281-639-6279, marketmatch@ecologycenter.org
Volunteer and donation opportunities: volunteer opportunities at ecologycenter.org

McGee’s Food Program – McGee Avenue Baptist Church

What’s offered: lunch for anyone in need
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: McGee Ave Baptist Church, 1460 Stuart St., Berkeley
Hours: noon-1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Dietary preference accommodation: no
ID or documentation required: no
Contact informationinfo@mcgeeave.org, 510-843-1774
Volunteer and donation opportunitiesDonations accepted


Phillips Temple CME: Church Pantry

What’s offered: bags of groceries provided to needy
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: 3332 Adeline St., Berkeley
Hours: 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday
Dietary preference accommodation: no
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information 510-655-6527, phillipstemplecmeindy.org
Volunteer and donation opportunities: Donations accepted

Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program (ECAP)

What’s offered: food supplied by grocery chains, and surplus from caterers and restaurants, to homeless and needy in the Emeryville-Oakland area
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: 3610 San Pablo Ave., Emeryville;
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Saturday (hours may be expanded during COVID-19 crisis, call for updates)
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 510-499-1263; www.ecapprogram.com (website being updated)
Volunteer and donation opportunities: young and able-bodied volunteers sought; contact John Bauters, jbauters@gmail.com regarding donations

The produce storage section of the Berkeley Food Network. Photo: Pete Rosos

Berkeley Food Network On-Site Pantry

What’s offered: food for Berkeley and Albany residents in need
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location: 1925 Ninth St., Berkeley
Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 5-7 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.- noon, first and third Saturday
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: berkeleyfoodnetwork.org
Volunteer and donation opportunities: volunteers and donations accepted

CalFresh Food Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP)

What’s offered: monthly benefits for low-income people to buy food with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card; for households that received benefits in March or April, CalFresh will provide an emergency allotment
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Dietary preference accommodation: shoppers choose their own groceries
ID or documentation required: sign-up online
Contact information: 877-847-3663, www.benefits.gov/benefit/1228

East Bay Food Not Bombs

What’s offered: vegan and vegetarian meals served six days a week; mobile distribution to curbside communities several days per week
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: People’s Park, Dwight and Haste, Berkeley (3 p.m., Monday-Friday); 34th at Peralta streets, Oakland (1:30 p.m., Thursday); in front of Sutter Hotel, 14th Street and Jefferson, Oakland (after 3 p.m., Sunday)
Dietary preference accommodation: all meals are vegan/vegetarian
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: www.stjohnsberkeley.org/community/food-not-bombs
Volunteer and donation opportunities: volunteers and food donations accepted

Multicultural Institute (MI)

What’s offered: food to day laborers and low-income community members out of work due to COVID-19.
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: 1920 Seventh St., Berkeley
Hours: 9-11 a.m.,  Thursday
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
Contact informationwww.mionline.org; 510-847-1479
Volunteer and donation opportunities: seeking donations of fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, rice, cereal, bread, cooking oil, canned tuna and eggs. Contact-less drop-off may be made 9-11 a.m., Thursday. Monetary donations can also be made to purchase food and masks for day laborers. Donations can be made via checks made out to “Multicultural Institute” and mailed to 1920 Seventh St. Berkeley, CA 94710

Bags of food being distributed by the UC Berkeley Food Pantry on a Tuesday.
Bags of food being distributed to UC Berkeley students and staff by the UC Berkeley Food Pantry Basic Needs Center. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

UC Berkeley Food Pantry Basic Needs Center

What’s offered: emergency food relief for UC Berkeley students and staff
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location: Crossroads Dining Hall, 2415 Bowditch St., Berkeley
Hours:
2-4 p.m., Tuesdays (except 2-4 p.m., Friday, April 17)
ID or documentation required: Cal ID, wear a mask and observe 6-foot distancing
Contact information: pantry.berkeley.edu, foodpantry@berkeley.edu, 510-463-4170
Volunteer and donation opportunities: volunteers and donations accepted

UC Berkeley Village Bear Pantry

What’s offered: emergency food pop-ups each week during shelter-in-place for low-income UC Berkeley student families at University Village with dependent children
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Dietary preference accommodation: as available
ID or documentation required: Cal ID, must meet Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) income guidelines; sign up online
Contact information: check the website for details; email to confirm availability thebearpantry@berkeley.edumikejames@berkeley.edu
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted

UC Berkeley Disabled Students Program (DSP)

What’s offered: bi-weekly food distribution for students with disabilities
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location: Slotmann L-11, Unit One, DSP TRIO Program Room
Hours:
noon-3 p.m., Tuesday and Friday
Contact information: 510-219-1577, knielson@berkeley.edu

La Santa Torta taco truck

What’s offered: taco truck popping up once a week to offer a warm meal for anyone who can’t afford it (in addition to standard food offerings for sale)
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: 333 Broadway, Oakland, check La Santa Torta website or Instagram for details on next free meal popup
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 925-207-9275, www.la-santa-torta.com, santatortasf@gmail.com
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted

On Wednesday, March 25, Horn Barbecue will be handing out free to-go meals to Oakland's communities in need.
Horn Barbecue is hosting pop-ups to give out free to-go meals to Oakland’s communities in need. Photo: Horn Barbecue

Horn Barbecue

What’s offered: pop-up meals for government workers, family and children in Oakland
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: 2534 Mandela Parkway, Oakland; check Horn Barbecue Twitter and Instagram feeds for details
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: www.hornbarbecue.com, Twitter and Instagram
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted

Señor Sisig

What’s offered: The food truck is raising funds to feed low-income families, seniors, and others in need.
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: 3331 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: www.senorsisig.com/sisig4thepeople
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted

The Well Organic Kitchen

What’s offered: Karma Bowl & Karma Drink, a pay-what-you-can vegetarian meal and drink
Cost: $0-$20
Takeout and/or delivery: both
Location: 5443 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m., daily
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 510-808-7315, thewellorganickitchen.com

CityTeam Oakland

What’s offered: to-go food boxes and bag lunches served to low-income Oakland residents in need three times per day
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location: 720 Washington St., Oakland
Hours: 7 a.m., noon, 6:30 p.m., daily
Dietary preference accommodation: no
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: www.cityteam.org/oakland, oakland@cityteam.org
Volunteer and donation opportunities: volunteer shifts have been temporarily suspended, but donations are welcome

St. James Food Pantry – Oakland

What’s offered: emergency groceries for individuals and families in need
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location: Oakland
Hours: call for an appointment and pickup instructions
Dietary preference accommodation:
no
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 415-870-4298
Volunteer and donation opportunities: more information on the St. James Food Pantry Facebook page

Harbor House Ministries – Oakland

What’s offered: food distribution for families in need in Oakland; grocery bags containing fruits and vegetables, pantry staples, bread
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location:  1811 11th Ave., Oakland
Hours: 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday
Dietary preference accommodation: no
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 510-534-0165, hhministries.org/

Volunteer and donation opportunities: Make a donation

To-go lunches being prepared at Dorothy Day House to distribute to people in need. Photo: Pete Rosos

Double Helping Hands

What’s offered: to-go lunches for homeless individuals and others in need provided by local restaurant partners
Cost: $10 or less
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: Dorothy Day House Berkeley Community Resource Center (DDH BCRC) in the Veterans Memorial Building (1931 Center St., Berkeley)
Dietary preference accommodation
ID or documentation required
Contact information: David Stegman, Executive Director at Dorothy Day House, dstegman15@aol.com; John Caner, CEO Downtown Berkeley Association, jcaner@downtownberkeley.com. If you are a restaurant interested in providing meals, contact Matthew Jervis at mjervis@downtownberkeley.com
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted

Newman Hall – Holy Spirit Parish

What’s offered: hot meals prepared on-site (meat, salad, sides, and dessert) and served to those in need
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeaway meals to be eaten off-premise (100 available each service)
Location: Newman Hall, Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way (enter at Etna Door)
Hours: 2-4:30 p.m., first Saturday of each month (note that these meals were formerly offered from 4-7 p.m., but hours and service has been changed)
Dietary preference accommodation: yes, vegetarian option
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 510-848-7812,  info@calnewman.org
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted (scroll down to Loaves and Fishes under “Flexible Frequency”)

The East Oakland Collective

What’s offered: food distribution to people in East Oakland who are unhoused, needy families, people at high risk for COVID who can’t leave their homes, people with disabilities, elderly
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: pickup and delivery to encampments and homes
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and by appointment
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 510-990-0775, www.eastoaklandcollective.com
Volunteer and donation opportunities: volunteers and donations accepted

Square Meals Project

What’s offered: groceries distributed to people in need
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: People’s Park, Berkeley (5 p.m. in winter; 7 p.m. in the summer on first, second and third Fridays of the month); Lafayette Square, 10th and Jefferson streets, Oakland (1 p.m. on fourth Friday of the month)
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 510-383-0855 
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations of canned and packaged food accepted, call for pickup; volunteer opportunities available

Manna from Heaven Pantry and Breakfast Program – Telegraph Ministry Center

What’s offered: food pantry distributing a variety of produce, canned and dried goods, and other foods as available; and hot breakfast for low-income and homeless
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location and hours: Telegraph Ministry Center, 5316 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Hours: Food pantry is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday and Friday; 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Breakfast is served 6-8 a.m., Wednesdays through Sunday. For emergency food supplies outside of hours, contact the ministry at the number below
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 510-961-4385; telegraphcenter@gmail.com
Volunteer and donation opportunities: Donations accepted

Healthcare workers and first responders

Allison Hopelain and Brian Crookes, co-owners of the Kebabery in Oakland, recently participated in feeding hospital staff through East Bay Feed ER.
Allison Hopelain and Brian Crookes, co-owners of the Kebabery in Oakland, recently participated in feeding hospital staff through East Bay Feed ER. Photo: East Bay Feed ER

East Bay Feed ER

What’s offered: East Bay Feed ER purchases meals at full price from local restaurants and delivers them to staff at five East Bay Hospitals
Cost: free to hospital workers
Takeout and/or delivery: delivery
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: hospitals and health centers handle distribution to staff
Contact information: www.eastbayfeeder.org, ebfeederofficial@gmail.com
Volunteer and donation opportunities: volunteers  and donations accepted

Off Their Plate

What’s offered: free meals to healthcare workers and support to. local restaurants and their employees
Cost: free to healthcare workers
Takeout and/or delivery: delivery
Dietary preferences accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: hospitals and health centers handle distribution to staff
Contact information: offtheirplate.org, fill out online form
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted

Mellana Café

What’s offered: juice or coffee to healthcare workers
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout
Location: 4539 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland;
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., daily
ID or documentation required: yes, hospital or other healthcare ID
Contact information: 510-250-9488, www.mellanacafe.com

Bobby G’s Pizzeria

What’s offered: pizza, salad and bread served to East Bay hospitals and fire stations; donations support both the pizzeria and first-line responders
Cost: free to hospital workers and first responders
Takeout and/or delivery: deliveries are typically made around 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Dietary preference accommodation: yes; salads are vegan and gluten-free; pizzas can be made so by request
ID or documentation required: hospital and other staff to handle distribution
Contact information: bobbygspizzeria.com, frontline responders and hospital units interested in receiving donations can email Randeep Rekhi, randeep@bobbygspizzeria.com
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted

Poke Parlor

What’s offered: poke bowls and platters donated to East Bay health care workers and first responders
Cost: free to healthcare workers and first responders
Takeout and/or delivery: delivery
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: healthcare staff and others to handle distribution
Contact information: 510-256-9685, www.pokeparlor.com
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted

Arthur Mac’s Tap and Snack

What’s offered: pizza served to East Bay hospitals; donations support both the pizzeria and hospital workers
Cost: free to recipients
Takeout and/or delivery: delivery
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: hospital staff handles distribution
Contact information: www.arthurmacs.com
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted

Easy Creole

What’s offered: frontline workers are eligible to get $10 plates instead of the usual $13/14. Anything on the menu, including half and half orders, brown rice, anything
Cost: $10
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout; meals ordered using a delivery service are not eligible for this offer
Location: 1761 Alcatraz, Berkeley
Hours: 5-9 p.m., Monday; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; noon-8:30 p.m., Sunday
Dietary preference accommodation: yes, please add dietary restrictions to comment section on all orders
ID or documentation required: work ID badge or some similar, but mostly an honor system
Contact information: 510-858-5063, easycreole.com, first responder online order form

Curry Up Now

What’s offered: patrons can make donations online when ordering meals to feed local hospital workers and others whose lives or jobs have been affected by COVID-19. Beginning May 6, Curry Up Now will match the number of Donation Meals collected and deliver them to front line workers
Cost: Guests can add any number of $12 donation meals to their cart when ordering via the Curry Up Now app or website.
Takeout and/or delivery: both
Location:  1745 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Saturday
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: no
Contact information: 510-858-7475; for information regarding how to have Curry Up meals delivered, contact info@curryupnow
Volunteer and donation opportunities: make a donation when ordering a meal

Essential food workers

Chef-owner Nelson German launched a program to five free to-go meals to displaced restaurant workers.
Through a partnership with the Lee Initiative, chef-owner Nelson German launched a relief center at alaMar provide free to-go meals to displaced restaurant workers. Photo: alaMar Kitchen and Bar

alaMar Kitchen and Bar

What’s offered: Partnering with the Lee Initiative, alaMar Kitchen provides to-go meals and household supplies to restaurant workers who have suffered layoffs or significant income reductions in connection with the COVID crisis.
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: takeout; no disposable cutlery provided
Location and hours: alaMar Kitchen, 100 Grand Ave., Oakland
Hours: 4-6 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday
Dietary preference accommodation: yes
ID or documentation required: identifying paperwork to show recent restaurant employment; a paystub will suffice in most cases
Contact information: 510-907-7555; www.alamaroakland.com, alamaroak@gmail.com
Volunteer and donation opportunities: seeking donations for produce, meat, to-go containers/bags, gloves, household items like toilet paper, diapers, toiletries, etc.

Off the Grid

What’s offered: 2-5 meals purchased at full price from affiliated Off the Grid food providers for each grocery store employee at a select location, depending upon the number of employees and funds available
Cost: free
Takeout and/or delivery: delivery
Dietary preference accommodation: yes, vegetarian and meat options
ID or documentation required: stores handle distribution to employees
Contact information: offthegrid.com, stores may apply online to be considered for food delivery or contact Lex Scala, lex.scala@offthegridsf.com
Volunteer and donation opportunities: donations accepted