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Serving the communities of Danville, San Ramon,
Dublin & Pleasanton

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                                                            Children’s Emergency Food Bank Update

Christmas Basket Distribution

FOOD DRIVE happening Now
CLICK HERE for a list of non-perishable foods most needed


           The annual Christmas Basket Distribution is one of the original functions of the Children’s Emergency Food Bank. It began in 1966 and by 1969 the Food Bank was operating much the same as it does today. The distribution consists of two apple boxes of food plus a $20 gift card for a turkey or chickens and perishable items.


This year, the date for the Christmas Basket Distribution is Saturday, December 15 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Applications are made available to our clients beginning Monday, October 15, 2018.


Many members and friends of John Knox Presbyterian Church serve as volunteers leading up to this event. Many outside volunteers come to help on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, as well as for the distribution on Saturday. This participation has become tradition for the Dublin/San Ramon Women’s Club and several Boy and Girl Troops.


Each year, we conduct a food drive within the congregation, Joy Preschool, and John Knox
CO-OP Preschool to help supply the Christmas Distribution.
Shopping bags will be distributed Sunday and Monday, December 2 and 3, and should be returned no later than Sunday,
December 9.


The following timeline should be helpful as you plan your time during the holidays:


Monday, December 10 - 9:00 a.m.

Delivery of the large order from Raley’s to Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m.


Tuesday, December 11 - 9:00 a.m.

Table set up for food sorting


Wednesday, December 12 - 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Food sorting and preparation


Thursday, December 13 - 5:00 p.m. until completion

Completion of food sorting and preparation


Saturday, December 15 - 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Basket Distribution


If you would like to become involved in this project, please contact Rick Snowden at rick.snowden@att.net


2017 Update

           Thanks again to all of the volunteers and supporters of the Children’s Emergency Food Bank. With your help we are able to continue to provide food to those in need within our serving area of Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Danville. 


During 2017, we made 355 distributions to 195 different families plus our annual 120 Christmas Distributions, which included two boxes of holiday food and a frozen turkey or two frozen chickens. Regular distributions are again lower than the previous year. Distributions to our traditional clients have declined every year since 2013. So far, in 2018 we have made 145 distributions to 65 different families.


One of the conclusions that might be drawn regarding this decline of requests for food is that some of our clients are doing better than in recent years. It is also possible that some former clients have moved away. In an attempt to see how we might otherwise assist our communities, we have
begun to look for ways to provide food to a broader portion of our serving area. Beginning in 2014, we began our reach into the community by providing 25 bags of food per month during the school year to the Dublin Unified School District to attendees of the Parent Partnership Program. This is a program to try to get more lower-income parents involved with school activities. Our participation continues today.


Beginning in 2015, we became involved with several other food providers in the Tri-Valley,
including Tri-Valley Haven and Open Heart Kitchen.  We also began to make some food donations to St. Raymond Catholic Church to support their monthly food distributions. During 2017, we expanded the amount of food donated St. Raymond.  We are able to expand our support to the community through these organizations due to financial donations from individuals and local corporations. We also benefit from numerous food drives conducted on our behalf throughout the year and from Dublin City Pride Week. The additional recipients of food during 2017 were as follows:


  • DUSD Parent Partnership Program
  • Open Heart Kitchen
  • St. Raymond Catholic Church
  • City Serve of the Tri-Valley






Children's Emergency Food Bank
                Providing Food for those in Need All Year....


The Children’s Emergency Food Bank is a local non-profit organization serving Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton and San Ramon. The Food Bank provides food for families in emergency situations, rather than ongoing support. As we have no paid staff, almost all of our resources go to the purchase and distribution of food. Our expenses consist of an answering service, telephone service, postage and minimal miscellaneous expenses.

The Food Bank is an all-volunteer organization that operates on JKPC property. Our objective is to furnish canned and packaged food plus certificates from local markets to obtain fresh foods. We try to give each family, based on their need and family size, enough food for a week. We also have a Christmas giveaway which includes turkeys and hams. 

Appointments are made with volunteers, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., who then meet with the recipients at our Food Storage Building. To make an appointment, please call the Food Bank answering service at (925) 828-5363.

Donations of non-perishable food and money to purchase food, as needed, are always welcome.  We receive no assistance from Alameda or Contra Costa Food Banks. If you have any questions, need help or would like to help out, please call our answering service at (925) 828-5363 or write us at Children’s Emergency Food Bank, 7421 Amarillo Road, Dublin, CA  94568.