Hungry Pleasanton Families Now Have 2 Free Food Bank Drive-Thrus

Courtney Teague

PLEASANTON, CA — The Alameda County Community Food Bank is now operating two free grocery distribution sites in Pleasanton, as food insecurity continues to strike Americans struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Tri-Valley residents in need can visit the Muslim Community Center East Bay at 5724 W. Las Positas Blvd., #300 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in addition to the Alameda County Fairgrounds at 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Gate 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those who are picking up groceries are asked to keep their car windows rolled up, follow the cones and answer intake questions.

The food bank is conducting a contact-free drop-off. Groceries will be placed in your trunk.

In Alameda County, about nine percent of residents were considered food insecure before the pandemic, according to Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap" interactive study. Job loss and other economic crises associated with the coronavirus was projected to push the rate of food insecurity here to 14 percent by the end of the year.

Feeding America, whose 200 member food banks include Alameda County Community Food Bank, reports both higher demand for services and more need for volunteer and donor support.

Tri-Valley Haven and Open Heart Kitchen also offer food services and others to local residents.

Patch has partnered with Feeding America to help raise awareness on behalf of the millions of Americans facing hunger. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that in 2020, more than 50 million Americans will not have enough nutritious food to eat due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a Patch social good project; Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how you can donate in your community or find a food pantry near you.

This article originally appeared on the Pleasanton Patch