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Giving back (#44!): food sorting at the Alameda County Food Bank
Last food bank meetup of 2018! We will be sorting and packing up fresh produce and/or nonperishables. Please be on time. The shift is about three hours; if you need to leave early, that is fine. (We generally do one food bank outing per month, usually on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, with David Dogan graciously hosting.) These spaces are reserved with the food bank so please be mindful about your RSVP; they will be expecting this number of volunteers. Feel free to bring friends/family over the age of 10; if you'd like to bring someone aged 10-17, please say so in the comments (there is a waiver you will have to sign). Coliseum BART is not far from the food bank, so we can arrange pickups -- to request or offer a ride, leave a note in the comments! If you are an enthusiastic walker you can also walk from Coliseum station; it's an estimated 45-min walk (~2.2 mi) on flat, mostly paved, terrain. See map and notes at the bottom of this event listing. Based on our previous visits, I advise: you will be on your feet for about two hours, with a 15-minute break in between, and there will be water, coffee, and some minimal snacks available during the break. Wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes and comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting a little dirty. Leave personal belongings safely secured in your car (including purse, earphones, backpacks). There are also lockers if you need them. Park at the very back area, not near the street (those spaces are reserved for the people picking up food). There will be signs indicating volunteer parking. Enter through the rear entrance of the building under the orange awning. Walking Route ( from Coliseum Bart to Alameda County Community Food Bank, mapped by group member Clara (thanks, Clara!). Clara's comment: San Leandro and 66th Streets are pretty dingy, but once you pass that part (~1 mile), the Garretson Point Trail is nice (~1 mile) and the remaining walk to the Food Bank is through an office park (~.2 mile).

Alameda County Community Food Bank

7900 Edgewater Drive · Oakland, CA

What we're about

Calling all freelancers, writers, artists, work-at-home folks, stay-at-home parents, students, the funemployed, and anyone else non-9-to-5 who could use some human contact and a change of scene while everyone else is at work! Everyone is welcome (including kids, if they can behave themselves in adult company). Our past meetups give a good sense of what type of activities we do -- feel free to suggest others too. We stick most closely to Oakland and the East Bay, but have been known to go elsewhere as well. Meetups are low-key, mostly low-cost, and generally freeform; we don't typically do guided walks or group games or anything too structured. Our gatherings tend to last about 1-3 hours and people stay as long as they like. The idea is just to get out of the house and see some folks, then return to your day recharged and inspired.

This group does not charge dues, but if you attend events, voluntary contributions are welcome. You can donate via the website ( (Meetup will take a small cut) or bring cash to any of our events. Thank you!

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