Food Programs

Lake Lunches

Lake Merritt UMC distributes healthy lunches and hygiene supplies on Tuesdays and Thursdays (11:30 – 1:00) to the unsheltered and other individuals in need around Lake Merritt. We currently distributed 20,000 bagged lunches per year. Lunches are prepared every Monday at 2pm. Volunteer to prepare or deliver lunches (see sign-up box).

Tuesday Hot Meals

Each Tuesday, delicious well-balanced hot meals prepared by local restauranteurs are made available to the community for curbside pick up from our 1st Avenue parking lot at 1:15. This is made possible through a partnership with Eastlake United for Racial Justice (EUJ) and World Central Kitchen. Volunteer to help distribute these meals.

If you are low-income and in need of food assistance, call the Emergency Food Helpline at (800) 870-3663 or go online at


Food Pantry – 4th Saturday

Are you in need of food assistance? The Food Pantry distributes food on the 4th Saturday of every month, 8:00am – 10:00 am at the Lakeshore side of the church building.

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 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.

VOLUNTEER with LMUMC Food Ministries

Sign up online at these links:

Lake Lunches – Monday through Thursday

Monthly Food Pantry Distribution – 4th Saturdays & Fridays prior

All volunteers, please fill out this short health screen HERE.

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Donate to LMUMC Food Ministries here!

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Classic Thanksgiving Menu and Recipes

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Thanksgiving Dinner have been take-out only. 
Please volunteer by signing up HERE:
To help cover the costs of this and our other food ministries, please give your donations via online at this link here. Click the Food Ministries tab under ‘Contributions’ and type in your desired dollar amount. Or you may donate by mail or drop-off to the Church Office 1255 First Ave, Oakland, CA 94606