Food is Medicine.
If you are in need of food, you are not alone. Food insecurity is widespread among older adults. According to Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, nearly five million seniors in the United States worry about having enough food. Senior hunger raises the risk of chronic health conditions, depression, and homelessness.
The Mercy Brown Bag Program distributes groceries to seniors throughout Alameda County twice a month, free of charge. Depending on availability, each bag is brimming with nutritious items, such as fresh milk, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, carrots, oatmeal, plums, canned goods, low-sodium spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, tuna, eggs and more. Throughout the year, generous donors help us add frozen chicken or ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce and other treats.
Am I Eligible?
We are happy to provide nutritious groceries to our neighbors in Alameda County who are 60 years old and older and have incomes that are less than 150% of the federal poverty line. These are the income guidelines for our USDA sites:
- For a one-person household, the maximum monthly income is $1,507
- For a two-person household, the maximum monthly income is $2,030
- For a three or more person household, the maximum monthly income is $2,552
If you receive food from our mobile grocery truck, you must have an income that is less than 200% of the federal poverty line. These are the income guidelines for our mobile grocery truck:
- For a one-person household, the maximum monthly income is $2,010
- For a two-person household, the maximum monthly income is $2,707
- For a three or more person household, the maximum monthly income is $3,403
The maximum income increases with additional family members.
If you are in need of food and fit the above qualifications, please come to one of our sites that are open to the public. Click here to view a map and find the location closest to you, along with the distribution days and times. You may also contact the Mercy Brown Bag Program at 510.534.8540 ext. 369.