Lake Lunches - Food Prep and Distributors Needed

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Lake Merritt United Methodist Church

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Lake Lunches is a food ministry of Lake Merritt United Methodist Church. Serving 95 lunches twice a week to the hungry and unsheltered no questions asked in the areas surrounding Lake Merritt. Volunteers are needed to assist in preparing & packing lunches and walking the lake area near by to distribute the meals.

Due to COVID-19 spread concerns, we are limiting the number of volunteers we typically have to run the distribution and reduced the prep days to Mondays for this season. When tickets run out on Eventbrite we have reached our maximum. If you are willing to be on call if a vacancy occurs unexpectedly, please select that ticket.

Lunch preparation & packing takes place on Mondays weekly from 2-4 pm
Lunch distribution takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly from 11:45 am-1:15 pm.

Special needs include baking cookies, preparing granola, cooking meats for sandwiches. Food resources are generously sourced through donations and through our partnership with Alameda County Community Food Bank.

We also distribute hygiene items and are always seeking donations for this purpose. To learn more, email or go to:

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About Lake Merritt United Methodist Church


1255 FIRST AVE, Oakland, CA 94606, US

Mission Statement

We commit ourselves to: Serve the community; by our community we first mean the neighborhood surrounding our church, but we also mean prayer, action, and advocacy more broadly on behalf of our congregation, neighborhood, and world.


Lake Merritt United Methodist Church is an open and welcoming Christian congregation serving God in downtown Oakland. We seek to build a multiracial, multiethnic and multicultural community. We welcome and affirm full participation of LGBT people in the life of the congregation. We work to promote the inclusiveness of all people in the United Methodist Church as a whole.

The church serves this community, the people of greater downtown Oakland, and the global community with a wide variety of programs and missions.

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We'll work with your schedule.


1255 First AveOaklandOakland, CA 94606



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Food Delivery / Distribution


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 6
  • 1-2 hours per Mon lunch prep (6-8 people) and 1.5 hours for Tues/Thurs (3 people)
  • Volunteers are welcome for any amount of time! We have an acute need during the summer vacation season. Special food prep sessions may be arranged as well for cooking and baking.

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