St. James Pantry awarded expanded food distribution program by the City of Oakland

The City of Oakland awarded St. James / Santiago, Oakland, Food Pantry an expanded food distribution program to serve the wider community of Council District 2. The recommendation of the Episcopal site came through Alameda Community County Food Bank (AFCCB), who described St. James as “serving the community well.”

The new food pantry will be totally underwritten by the City of Oakland — Ending Hunger Program (EFPAC) and will serve 200 families who live in that area. The Rev. Dessordi Leite will represent St. James on the City Advisory Committee. Every third Friday of the month at 10 a.m., volunteers will gather at the church parking lot to distribute bags of food designed by nutritionists from ACCFB. The success of the feeding ministries at St. James / Santiago is the result of collaborative work between local Episcopal churches in the Alameda Deanery. The current program already serves 800 families per month. 

To become involved or to support St. James Food Pantry, please contact them at

The work of St. James Food Pantry is transforming the neighborhood, not only by ending hunger but also by building community and dignity of life.

Photos: the Rev. Dessordi Leite