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 non-perishables to resemble a farmer’s market, giving our clients the opportunity to choose food that they want and need rather than 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 families can celebrate and experience the warmth and cheer of the season. During the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, Harbor House offers special holiday food baskets, including turkey or chicken, to 110 families. Each December, Harbor House hosts the Christmas Store as an opportunity for parents experiencing financial difficulties to purchase, wrap, and take home new toys and gifts to their children at a greatly reduced price. Families in our After-School program are supported by our partners through the Christmas Adopt-A-Family program. To find out how to volunteer during the holidays, email firstname.lastname@example.org.