SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― Each day, thousands of Bay Area families are stretched beyond their financial limits.

Oftentimes, they are forced to choose between buying groceries, paying the rent or buying medicine.

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Many households who receive weekly groceries through the Food Bank include at least one working adult.

Hunger frequently strikes the most vulnerable people in our communities.

You can help fight hunger now. Join KPIX 5 and Whole Foods Market as we help feed hungry families this holiday season.

Stop by any Whole Foods Market and drop healthy non-perishable foods in the bin. Your donation is a lifeline.

This year, greater Bay Area Whole Foods Market locations will host the “Feed 4 More” drive during the Food for Bay Area Families campaign. Customers will have the option to buy a $5 Breakfast, $10 Lunch or Dinner, or $25 Full Day Meal for donation. Meals typically feed a family of four. Tickets for the meals are available at every Bay Area Whole Foods Market. Customers will take the ticket ($5, $10 or $25) to the register to make their purchase and help feed a family.

Click on to find a store location near you.

Or watch or Eye On The Bay special to learn more Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

You can contribute to your local food bank online, or you can contribute by check, made payable to your local food bank:

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•Alameda County Community Food Bank
7900 Edgewater Drive
Oakland, CA 94621

•Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
4010 Nelson Avenue
Concord, CA 94520
2339 Courage Drive, Suite F
Fairfield, CA 94533

•Redwood Empire Food Bank (Sonoma County)
3320 Industrial Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

•San Francisco and Marin Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107

•Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
750 Curtner Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

The “Do’s and Don’ts of Food Donation!

Do donate:
– Canned foods (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, soups)
– Dried foods like beans, rice, pasta, soups, and packaged meals,
like “Mac N’ Cheese”
– Nutritional foods! …like peanut butter, powdered milk, shelf-stable
soy milk
– Cereal, cereal bars, and baby food
– Non-perishable cooking ingredients like cooking oil and sugar
– Items packaged in plastics or containers that won’t easily collapse

Do NOT donate:
– Candy
– “Dented” cans or packages which have been opened
– Food items with “expired” dates
– Foods YOU wouldn’t eat or feed to your family (“exotic” or
very “spicy” foods)
– Beauty aids or personal care items
– Medicines
– Food packaged in glass jars or bottles
– Perishable foods
– Alcohol

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