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 the southwest end of Lake Merritt. We go to where people are living with wagons of lunches and other supplies. We provide 400 lunches a week, 20,000 over a year. Additionally, every Tuesday we also provide walk-up bag lunches from the church parking lot at 1pm. All lunches are prepared every Monday at 2pm. Volunteer to prepare or deliver lunches (see sign-up box). And check out this video about our service to our unhoused neighbors – video

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


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Lake Lunches – Monday through Thursday

Monthly Food Pantry Distribution – 4th Saturdays & Fridays prior

Donate to LMUMC Food Ministries here!

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

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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.


Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Classic Thanksgiving Menu and Recipes

All are welcome to a Thanksgiving meal! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Thanksgiving Meal is  take-out only from 12pm to 1:30pm at entrance at 1255 First Ave. Enjoy a turkey dinner on us!
VOLUNTEER to help with prep either before or on Thanksgiving 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