Food Bank Helps Federal Employees


Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal employees who live in Alameda can get help from the Alameda Food Bank while the government is withholding their paychecks during the shutdown.

“The Alameda Food Bank exists to help anyone struggling to put food on the table due to either a temporary crisis or a longer-term financial problem,” said Cindy Houts, food bank executive director. “These folks going without paychecks certainly qualify for our help; we urge them to seek us out.”

Alameda residents who wish to help can do so by donating non-perishable food or money to the food bank. “Donated food is always helpful,” said Houts, “but dollar donations have a greater impact. Due to our purchasing arrangements, we can buy $7 worth of food for every $1 donated.”

The food bank is located at 1900 Thau Way at the west end of Jean Sweeney Park near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Constitution Way. For more information about getting help or donating, visit the food bank’s website at