For many at Alameda Health System (AHS), the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday has become more than a day off, it’s a “Day of Service”. Since 2018, AHS staff, providers, executives and their families have volunteered at the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) Day of Service. AHS has long recognized that many of the patients they see, suffer from food insecurity and they recognize that nutrition is a key component of living a healthy life and healing.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the number of volunteers allowed on any given day and this year, AHS was limited to 15. ACCFB hopes to bring this number to prepandemic levels in 2024.

The AHS crew, led by CEO James Jackson, was ready and excited to join a number of other organizations and together the volunteers bagged about 38,436 pounds of produce which is roughly the equivalent of 31,902 meals.

The ACCFB is always looking for volunteers. Weekdays are when they have their greatest need in regards to sorting and bagging produce. Additionally, the food bank is able to leverage their cash.

Every $1 donated to the foodbank translates to $7 through their partnerships and discounts. If you or anyone you know is dealing with food insecurity, please call 1-800-870-3663 (FOOD).