Volunteers are needed to sort groceries, assemble bags of groceries and deliver groceries. Our motto is "Seniors Helping Seniors". However, the COVID-19 Crisis means that most of our senior volunteers are now considered "at risk" and cannot help. Also, many of our community distribution sites are closed. Since mid March, we have been delivering groceries to senior's homes! We need your help to insure that the 5,500 seniors who rely on our program will still have access to nutrition.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About MERCY RETIREMENT BROWN BAG PROGRAM
3431 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601, US
Last year, the Mercy Brown Bag Program distributed 60,000 grocery bags stuffed with more than one million pounds of food to nearly 5,000 hungry seniors. Our team of over 500 senior volunteers donated more than 21,000 hours of their time to help sort, pack and distribute groceries, with each bag containing about 20 pounds of food. While getting food to seniors in need is our primary goal, we are also compelled to promote change in legislative policy to benefit low-income residents.
Seniors helping seniors is at the heart of the Mercy Brown Bag Program, supported by Elder Care Alliance’s Mercy Retirement & Care Center. For more than 34 years, our volunteers have lovingly filled and distributed bags of fresh produce, healthy grains, canned goods, lean proteins and more. We sort, pack and distribute groceries to 65 sites throughout Alameda County.