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St. Vincent de Paul's Free Dining Room

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ORGANIZATION: Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

Volunteers Serving in the Dining Room

The St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room serves a hot, healthy meal Tuesday-Saturday. The Free Dining Room serves nearly 600 meals on average per day. Join our team of volunteers to help feed those who are hungry.

Volunteers Help in the Following Ways:

  • serve meals and beverages
  • serve beverages
  • assemble and pack lunches
  • wash dishes
  • clean tables
  • assist with cooking and meal preparation
  • help with clean up after lunch
  • organize refrigerators and storage
  • attend to all clients that we serve including families, young children, elderly, and disabled

Time: 8:30am - 1pm; shifts are available Tuesday - Saturday

Commitment: One time and ongoing volunteers are welcome

Volunteers will attend an orientation and receive training on their first day of service.

This opportunity is appropriate for individuals and groups of up to 15 people. SVdP welcomes students, ages 14 and older, to complete service hours in Downtown Oakland. Youth under the age of 18 will need a waiver of liability signed by a parent/guardian. Youth under the age of 16 will need an adult (someone who is 18 years or older) to accompany them the entire day of service. We love to have families volunteer together! We also accommodate small groups of students for high school service days.

If you're interested or would like to find out more about this opportunity please don't hesitate to ask! You can call 510-277-6435 or email Zachary Zwijacz at zzwijacz@svdp-alameda.org
We look forward to hearing from you!!


As of August 9th 2021 the state of California is requiring that if you volunteer here, you must have your complete vaccination card. If you are not vaccinated but still want to volunteer, California mandates that you get tested for COVID seven days before volunteering and bring your negative test results with you once entering the site. We will be keeping a copy of everyone's vaccination cards for our records. Please feel free to email John Sterns with any questions or concerns.

Email: jsterns@svdp-alameda.org

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About Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County


2272 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, US

Mission Statement

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County is dedicated to serving the men, women and children of Alameda County.


A non-profit, community-based organization, St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County (SVdP) offers emergency and social safety net services to its neighbors, relying on a vast network of volunteers to carry out our mission. We operate a free dining room, thrift stores, an e-waste recycling program, men and women's drop-in centers, workforce and culinary training programs and much more. St. Vincent de Paul serves everyone regardless of origin, creed, or affiliation. Our staff and volunteers are a diverse and talented group, representing a wide range of experiences and perspectives.

St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam, a 20-year-old student of the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Similar groups began to form in Paris, then spread throughout France, and eventually throughout the world.

Volunteers, known as Vincentians, are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing. St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County was founded in 1938, and has been serving the community of Oakland ever since.


Homeless & Housing
Community, Homeless & Housing, Hunger


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675 - 23rd StreetOakland, CA 94612



  • Food Service
  • People Skills


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8:30am - 1pm Tuesday-Saturday
  • Volunteers must be able to stand for at least two hours.

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