Our Commitment to You

Open Heart Kitchen remains committed to serving free, nutritious meals to our neighbors in need during the evolving COVID-19 situation. Our community’s health, well-being, and security are our highest priorities.
This page will serve to answer questions you may have about Open Heart Kitchen during this time and will be updated as more information is available.
Food & Employee Safety
As a food assistance and social service organization, we regularly maintain the highest levels of food safety and employee safety certifications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there is no evidence to support the spread of COVID-19 through food. Nevertheless, we are reinforcing adherence to our rigorous and established hygiene processes and increasing sanitation measures throughout. Volunteer shifts have been cancelled until further notice.
As we closely follow the developing situation, we will continue to stay at the forefront of best practices and guidelines set forth from the State of California and the Alameda County Department of Public Health to protect the health and safety of our workforce and clients.
Senior Meals and Hot Meals Continue Without Interruption
We are working with all Tri-Valley senior centers and partnering with nonprofit agencies like City Serve of the Tri-Valley and Tri-Valley Haven to ensure our community’s most vulnerable residents are fed. Providing our clients with fresh and nutritious meals is a responsibility we take very seriously, and we will continue to prepare each meal with the utmost care.
For senior meal reservations, please call (925) 500-8241 before 1 pm on the day prior to picking up the to-go meal. 
Schools throughout the Tri-Valley have continued their lunch programs for students. For a full list of where and when students can pick up lunches, visit the Alameda County Office of Education’s page for food assistance here
How to Help
In times like these, having access to food is more important than ever.  Now, your support is critical. It takes only $3 to provide a meal for a person in need. Know that your gift – of any size – will be put to immediate use. 

Give the gift of a meal. To help Open Heart Kitchen continue to support people impacted by COVID-19, make a donation today.

Shop while giving back on Amazon Smile. When you’re shopping online, consider adding Open Heart Kitchen as your preferred Amazon Smile charity. It costs nothing to you and is an easy way to support our work.
We sincerely hope that you and yours stay safe and healthy. 
For donations or media inquiries, contact Denise Bridges, Development Director, denise@openheartkitchen.org or (925) 500-8104.