Open Heart Kitchen has received a $7,000 grant from the Share the Spirit East Bay, a program of the Bay Area News Group – East Bay Times and administered by the Contra Costa Crisis Center. These funds will support Open Heart Kitchen’s hot meal program, providing about 2,500 meals to people in need. 

“The holiday season is the busiest time of year for our hot meal program. The Share the Spirit donations will help us keep up with the higher demand for food during the winter. This time of year is especially difficult for our clients that are struggling with an illness, job loss, or homelessness. Most of our clients rely on Open Heart Kitchen’s services because they cannot prepare meals or do not have the facilities to cook for themselves,” said Executive Director Heather Greaux. 

The donations to the Share the Spirit campaign will support Open Heart Kitchen’s Hot Meal Program which welcomes anyone in need. Hot meals are served 7 days a week at various locations throughout the Tri-Valley. There is no qualifying process and the meals can be eaten on-site or taken to-go. Locations and times are listed online at

Share the Spirit awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process, and each year several awardees are featured in stories in the East Bay Times. Donations can be made any time of year online at 


About Share the Spirit:

Share the Spirit has been helping East Bay’s most needy during the holidays for nearly three decades. The project is a partnership with Bay Area News Group – East Bay Times, administered by the Contra Costa Crisis Center, and grants are awarded annually. At its core, Share the Spirit is created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes, many of them are East Bay Times readers. For more information, visit