Janice Roberts Appointed to Lead Mercy Brown Bag Program

Mercy Brown Bag Program is excited to announce a new leader, long-time Oaklander and industry executive Janice Roberts, who takes on the Director role held by Brown Bag veteran Krista Lucchesi. Now celebrating their 40th year, Brown Bag dramatically expanded throughout COVID, and in 2022 has regularly provided up to 9000 food-insecure older adults in…

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We’re Hiring!

Mobile Grocery Truck

Brown Bag is hiring! We’re looking for new Drivers and Warehouse Associates to join our dedicated team. Put your skills to use and help us serve thousands of hungry older adults across Alameda County. Apply: https://lnkd.in/guV8rQQe

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A New Truck!

Mercy Brown Bag Program has had our nose to the grindstone over the past year. We continue to serve across Alameda County and feed more hungry older adults than ever before. Like many hunger organizations, we’ve face our share of challenging obstacles recently. Today, it pleases us to announce a wonderful moment of progress. Thanks…

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Day of Peace

Today’s International Day of Peace focusses on global solidarity for building a peaceful and sustainable world, but peace begins with each of us. Yesterday a trainer commented, “the world is chaos”. How do you find peace in the chaos of life during this difficult patch of time? I took this picture of a circle of…

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Helping people afford not only food but medicine too!

Our heart broke when we heard from this woman who is struggling to pay for all her medicine: “I didn’t expect to be in this place financially but am in the position of affording my medications or groceries. I fell into the Medicare Part D donut hole for the first time, even though my medications,…

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Cristo Rey De La Salle Partnership

Jesus and Jayden are joining us from Cristo Rey De La Salle High School this school year.  We are thrilled to have their energy, skills and vision.  Their questions help us see our program from another set of eyes and it makes us stronger.  They come with all kinds of dreams of the future. Therefore,…

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A Story about Margaret

This morning, 83 year old Margaret* came to the front desk of the Mercy Retirement and Care Center to sign up for Brown Bag. She sat in a wheelchair as her companion filled out her entrance paperwork and explained to me that she had just recently broken her hip. “I can’t believe this happened to me,” she…

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Striving for Real Change

“Hey! Hey! Golden State! Take a look at your poverty rate!” On May 8th, our executive director, Krista Lucchesi, traveled with a group of our senior volunteers to Sacramento, California, the state capitol. They went to advocate for an increase in SSI, which stands for “Supplemental Security Income.” According to the Social Security Administration, SSI…

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Food is Medicine

At Mercy Brown Bag, we provide our recipients with 20lb bags of food twice a month. Here is the breakdown of one of our bags.. Fresh Produce and Fruit (53%) Items can include salad mix, potatoes, yams, onions, strawberries, apples, oranges, carrots, cabbage, squash, pears, plums, cauliflower, celery, brussel sprouts and more… Canned/Frozen Foods (12%)…

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