Start YOUR OWN FREE FOOD Program
From the great success that we have had with our Free Food Programs established in the 1950’s by my Parents, Aaron and Margaret Wallace, we have since been instrumental in the founding and supplying of other free food service organizations around the country.
With the demand for our help in creating these organizations being driven by the skyrocketing need for the services, we have decided to open up our efforts to all interested in starting a food pantry for the needy.
We can provide access to the training necessary to qualify your organization and partner you with the local organizations and businesses that can support your efforts. Contact us and we will help you through the RED TAPE and push your program to success!
Here’s some new videos for the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation Social Services Programs. The first is the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation Free Food Program Celebrity Giving Back
The second one is Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation Kids Celebrity Gift BackPacks.
You can view the following Santa Fe Elementary School’s Peace March with Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation, SemiFreddi’s, Trader Joe’s, Little Ceasar’s Pizza, Marshawn Lynch’s “Fam1ly F1rst” and Leon Powe’s “Fresh Start Oakland”:
Santa Fe Elementary School’s Peace March with Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation
Santa Fe Elementary Little Caesars Pizza Part 1
Santa Fe Elementary Little Caesars Pizza Part 2
You can listen to or download many of the Public Service Announcements for our partners that were broadcast over national radio on the page “A& MWF Supports Inter-Faith Multi-Cultural Events” at: http://amwftrust.org/a-mwf-supports-inter-faith-multi-cultural-events/. We have provided and we have produced videos from some of them as well. We will do one for any of our partners that work with us.
AMWF Community Food Bank!
The AMWF Community Food Bank is looking for new member agencies that will provide food and/or hot meals to Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Jose County community members year-round.
We are especially interested in new member agencies that are:
- Open during high-need times of afternoon, evening, and/or weekend hours and serving clients in high-need areas of:
- Tri-Valley area (Pleasanton, Livermore)
- Pinole, Richmond area
- San Leandro & San Lorenzo area
- Tri-Cities area (Fremont, Newark, Union City)
- San Jose
Benefits of Membership
Membership gives your agency:
- Free & low-cost food (including free farm-fresh produce)
- Free trainings & skill-building sessions
- Opportunities to apply for grants to increase agency capacity
- Access to free nutritional education services, Food Stamp (CalFresh) outreach services, and the emergency food referral Helpline
To become a Member Agency, your organization must:
- Be a non-profit, charitable organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. (Other 501c organizations, such as 501c5, do not qualify).
- Operate an emergency food program, such as a food pantry, hot meal program/soup kitchen, or emergency shelter that is open to walk-in clients.*
- Distribute food regularly for at least 3 months prior to applying for membership.
- Provide food directly to individuals and families in need. At least 51% of your clients must be low-income.
- Distribute Food Bank food at no charge. Your agency may not ask for donations from clients for food.
- Not require clients to work or to attend any religious activities in exchange for food or meals.
- Be willing to follow Food Bank regulations such as (but not limited to) submitting monthly food distribution reports and taking food safety training once per year.
* Please note: The Food Bank is not accepting new non-emergency programs at this time. Non-emergency programs include day care sites, afterschool programs, rehabilitation centers, treatment centers, and residential programs.
New Member Agency Application Process:
- Contact the AMWF Agency Services staff to let us know about your interest in Food Bank membership. You can email us at amwft (at) amwft.org or call us at 510-394-4101
- Agency Services staff will work with you to determine your eligibility
- Attend a series of 2 trainings. At least 2 staff/volunteers from your agency must attend EACH of the trainings. We welcome (and highly encourage) agencies to bring more than 2 staff/volunteers to attend each training.
- Note: We will announce training dates. Please contact us to let us know about your interest in AMWF Food Bank membership so that we can contact you when these dates have been scheduled.
- Submit a New Member Agency Application. Applications can only be submitted after at least 2 staff/volunteers from your agency have completed all 2 trainings.
- Complete a successful site visit at your agency. Food Bank Agency Services staff will visit your site to see your program, facilities, and review food safety policies.
- Applications will be reviewed by the Agency Relations Committee. The Agency Relations Committee, a Food Bank board committee of staff and volunteers from current member agencies, will review and select member agencies eligible to join the AMWF Food Bank. Decisions are usually made within 6-8 weeks from the training dates.