Emergency Food and Clothing Services
In collaboration with the Alameda County Food Bank, Harbor House serves as an Emergency Food Box distribution site on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The Emergency Food Box program offers a three-day supply of fresh, nutritious food to anyone in need. Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers set-up the fresh produce, bread, and nonperishables to resemble a farmer’s market, giving our clients the opportunity to choose food that they want and need rather than just being handed a bag of food.
Families call or come to our office to make appointments for food clothing, with a limit of one appointment per month for individual families. At the appointment, we discuss the family’s needs and refer people to a variety of other services in the area (including those at Harbor House). Last year, we distributed 4289 bags of food to an average of 742 people in 282 households per month.
In addition to receiving food, families can also browse through our many racks of free clothing or shop at our Olive’s Closet Thrift Store for very affordable, quality clothing.
English as a Second Language classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday morning at Harbor House. Adults from all over the world gather together to learn vocabulary and conversational English, as well as to form friendships with new friends.
Harbor House offers several holiday programs so that low-income families can also celebrate and experience the warmth and cheer of the season. During the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, Harbor House offers 80-100 families a turkey along with other food for a full holiday dinner. The Harbor House Christmas Store is an opportunity for low-income parents to purchase, wrap, and take home new toys and gifts to their children at a greatly reduced price. Harbor House also offers a Christmas Adopt-A-Family program, where various individuals, churches, and organizations sponsor children and buy them the Christmas presents on their wishlists.