Matching Donations – Food From the Bar

Supporting the Alameda County Food Bank

Every May, law firms and members of the legal community come together for a friendly competition — Food From The Bar — to help those who struggle with hunger during the summer months in Alameda County.

Food From The Bar comes at a critical time for our community, especially as families and their children face these challenging times. Your support will help us keep our food inventory robust for the summer.

The main objective of Food From the Bar at the Alameda County Food Bank (ACFB) is to respond to the needs of School children and their families for summertime nutrition needs, but with COVID and the economic crisis it’s created for our community, there is a long term need to nourish our community in ways we’ve never seen before. Distribution has doubled in the last year, with no let-up. Currently, the ACFB distributes over 1.5 million pounds of food each week, the equivalent of feeding 75,000 people every day. This number has been rising since the pandemic began, and now 1 in 4 residents of Alameda County look to the food bank for food resources. Recent reports about our local economy state that it’s going to take at least 2 more years before the Bay Area economy comes back to the level of pre-pandemic times, and it will take many in our community years and years to make up for lost wages and lost time.

As lawyers we have a similar client base in our work, that’s why our partnership with the ACFB is so meaningful. This is how Food From The Bar began over 30 years ago, when a group of lawyers in Los Angeles reached out to their local food bank because they saw the opportunity for collaboration.

Matching up to $10K courtesy of Gibbs Law Group LLP, your donations will go even further this year

Get ready to be inspired – thanks to the generosity of Gibbs Law Group LLP, your donation will be matched up to $10k! Gibbs Law Group is a national law firm committed to protecting the rights of clients who have been harmed by corporate misconduct. They represent individuals, whistleblowers, employees and small businesses across the U.S. against the world’s largest corporations.

Join the ACBA team and help us reach our $10k goal, for a total of $20k from team ACBA!!

Follow this link and give via the ACBA team!

Fast Facts – Alameda County Food Bank during COVID-19

The pandemic and the economic crisis which sprang from it has doubled our community’s need for food assistance.  1 in 4 residents of Alameda County now turn to the Food Bank for nourishment.

We have increased our food distribution to meet this growing need.   The Food Bank is currently distributing more than 1.2 million pounds of food per week, a 50%+ increase from before the COVID-19 crisis. That’s the equivalent amount of food to feed 75,000 people daily.

Many key items – rice, beans and canned tuna – are costing 40% to 75% higher than before this crisis. These prices are reflective of market conditions during COVID-19 where demand is far outpacing the food supply. ACCFB intends to be ready to meet the nutritional needs of our community, because we believe that access to healthful food is a basic human right.

These numbers are staggering, but in the face of enormous challenges, we are responding with extraordinary efforts and innovative strategies to make sure no one goes hungry during in Alameda County during the pandemic.

Ours will be a prolonged response. We’ve learned from past emergencies (e.g., the Great Recession, the government shutdown, the wine country wild fires), even after the shelter-in-place order is lifted and life begins to look and feel more like normal, it will take months—even years—for people affected to be fully back on their feet.

ACCFB is committed to being here for our neighbors now and into the foreseeable future, but we can’t do it alone. Strong partnerships are foundational to our work. Committed partners will share in our ability to rise to this challenge, as together, we take action to strengthen our community during this challenging time.

Every $1 donated to a Virtual Food Drive equals 2 meals, so every donation counts!