Food Programs

Community Thanksgiving Dinner, November 28 at Lake Merritt UMC

Almost every day of the week, Lake Merritt United Methodist Church is serving the community through one of its Food Programs to address food insecurity in our local community.  Every year, LMUMC opens its doors to serve hot Thanksgiving meals beginning at noon on Thanksgiving Day to anyone who would like a meal.  All are welcome! We have been fortunate to have all of our turkeys donated by Safeway for the past few years. In preparation for this annual event, we are looking for volunteers to help with turkey roasting and preparation that takes place the day before Thanksgiving.  In addition, there are dozens of opportunities to assist on Thanksgiving Day.

To sign up in any of our volunteer position, please click here.

Food Pantry – 4th Saturday

The Lake Merritt United Methodist Church Food Pantry, in partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, has been serving the Oakland Community for over 30 years by providing free food to individuals and families in need. Currently, food is shared through a client-choice distribution model on the fourth Saturday of the month where folks can select food instead of pre-filled bags. The Food Pantry provides nutritious shelf stable foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. Last year, we distributed 130,000 pounds of food, including 85,000 pounds of fresh produce to over 15,000 people throughout the year.

Are you in need of food assistance? The Food Pantry distributes food on the 4th Saturday of every month, 9:30am – 12:00pm. You can find the food distribution on the Lakeshore side of the church building, at the bottom of the stairs.

You qualify for the food distribution if you are low-income and in need of food assistance. If you are in need of food assistance, you can also call the Emergency Food Helpline at (800) 870 – 3663.

VOLUNTEER with LMUMC Food Ministries

Sign up online at these links:

Lake Lunches – Monday through Thursday

Monthly Food Pantry Distribution – 4th Saturdays

Feasts with Friends, Friday Night Dinners

Twice a Month – Laney College Food Pantry Distribution

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As the needs of our community have evolved, we have expanded our delivery channels to address food insecurity in two new ways:

Lake Lunches

For the past four years, LMUMC has been distributing healthy lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays to individuals in need around Lake Merritt. Since the beginning of 2018, we have distributed over 1,600 bagged lunches.

Laney College Partnership

In 2017, 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 to distribute dry food items, such as peanut butter and canned tuna, to students on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The ACCFB delivers fresh produce on the first and third Tuesdays.

Feasting with Friends

Each Friday evening, we gather in fellowship to prepare a warm meal for our neighbors in the Lake Merritt Community Cabins. As we prepare to serve our neighbors that welcome us to their table, we seize the opportunity to foster community around a feast. Join us Friday evenings in the church kitchen to ‘Feast with our Friends’.