(January 18, 2019 – Livermore, CA) 110,000 Alameda County residents rely on CalFresh or SNAP to buy groceries for their families. Because of the government shutdown, February CalFresh benefits will be issued early. For thousands of families, that means it could be 40 days or longer before they receive benefits again.

Tri-Valley nonprofits are ready to serve the community and urge furloughed workers to utilize their services. “We are happy to assist families with groceries,” said Ann King, Tri-Valley Haven’s Executive Director. “That way, they can use their limited cash for medication, rent and gas, or other necessary items.”

Cash-strapped families are turning to organizations like Tri-Valley Haven and Open Heart Kitchen for help every day. “We don’t want families to turn to us long after they should have. We want families to know that help is available before they start skipping meals,” said Heather Greaux, Executive Director of Open Heart Kitchen.

The Tri-Valley Haven’s Food Pantry has opened to federal workers or current CalFresh recipients every week for assistance instead of the usual once per month.  Please bring evidence of federal employment or Cal Fresh enrollment.  Everyone is welcome. Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry which serves over 28,000 individuals per year at 418 Junction Avenue in Livermore between 1-5pm Monday – Wednesday, 1-7pm on Thursday and 1-5 on Fridays. Please call for mobile grocery delivery sites.  925.449.5845

Open Heart Kitchen’s Hot Meal Program is open to anyone in need 7 days a week. Anyone can show up at any location and receive a free, hot meal.

As local nonprofit organizations, Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley Haven don’t want anyone to go to bed hungry. “Thanks to our generous community we have the resources to share food. We can help; please come see us!”

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