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(510) 465 - 4793
1255 - 1st Avenue
Oakland, CA  94606
LIFT Concert 2018

LIFT Concert 2018 

The Alameda County Community Food Bank member food pantry located at the Lake Merritt United Methodist Church will be holding its 5th annual LIFT benefit concert on May 5th..  Over the past 4 years, this benefit has helped the Food Pantry raise more than $25,000.  100% of the proceeds raised goes to support food programs that are fully volunteer-run.  This concert helps ensure the Food Pantry can continue to operate and serve the community.
The Lake Merritt United Methodist Church (LMUMC) food pantry has been serving the Oakland Community for over 30 years by providing free food to individuals and families in need.  The Pantry distributes fresh fruits and vegetables, and nutritious shelf stable foods to over 15,000 people throughout the year.  Last year, we distributed 130,000 pounds of food, including 85,000 pounds of fresh produce.  
As the needs of our community have evolved, we have expanded our delivery channels to address food insecurity in two new ways:
  • For the past three years LMUMC has been distributing healthy lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays to individuals in need around Lake Merritt.  This year, the meal preparation process was changed to improve efficiency, and since the beginning of 2018, we have distributed over 1,200 bagged lunches.
  • In 2017, NPR reported that a national survey showed high rates of hungry and homeless Community College students.  And a study conducted at Laney College showed that over half of student respondents were found to have low food security in one form or another.   In response to this demonstrated need, LMUMC is partnering with Laney College on a pilot program to distribute dry food items, such as peanut butter and canned tuna, to students on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The Alameda County Community Food Bank delivers fresh produce on the first and third Tuesdays.
The concert will be held at the Lake Merritt United Methodist Church.  We have a terrific lineup of musical groups from the Oakland and greater East Bay Community.  All of these musicians are generously donating their time and talent.
2018 Artists
Joan Miller, piano
La Peña Community Chorus
LMUMC Bell Choir
Mandy’s Chinese Music Ensemble
Oakland Interfaith Community Choir
Oakland Youth Chorus
Stanley Huston, Tenor
Trio: George Han, violin; Ken Schoon, cello; Ed Lee, piano

Doors open at 3:15 pm

Reception for performers and concert goers immediately following the concert and silent auction featuring goods and services donated by local businesses and community members.
Suggested Donation:
General Admission - $20
Student/Senior- $15
Family - $50 (2 adults and children under 18)
Pay It Forward - $15 ("pay-it-forward" fund to offer free tickets)
CompTickets for Veterans available through
For Ticket or Concert Inquiries or to Volunteer:
Email or Call: or (510) 465 - 4793
Brown Paper Tickets:
For silent auction donation opportunities:
Candis Mary-Dauphin at
Getting to the Concert: 
Entrances to venue: 1255 First Ave or 1330 Lakeshore Ave in Oakland
Metered street and limited lot parking available on site. Closest BART station is Lake Merritt Station. AC Transit Bus 801 stop on First street. 


Parking in the church's lot is limited, so please allow additional time. Use of public transportation, a ride service, or carpooling is encouraged. LMUMC is within easy walking distance of the Lake Merritt BART station. The website is useful for planning a trip by BART and/or bus. Several bus lines stop nearby. AC Transit Bus 801 stops on First Street. This Google map indicates the locations of additional parking lots in the vicinity. The hourly rates in these lots range from free (Oakland Auditorium off 10th St) to $2.50 (Oakland Museum from Oak St at 11th St) and others for more per hour. Some free on-street parking may be available on Lakeshore Ave and 12th Street. 

Childcare available on site!