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The following meal programs are available to the public:

Viola Blythe Center

37365 Ash Street, Newark (510) 794-3437
Viola Blythe currently operates a food distribution program that provides up to two weeks of canned and dry foods as well as bread products.  Boxes of food are assembled by volunteers and placed outside for pick-up.  

The boxes can be picked up Monday through Wednesday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

LOV Newark

8440 Central Blvd., Suite A/B (510) 793-5683
LOV Newark maintains an emergency food pantry.  Members can arrange for either pick-up or have delivered bags of groceries.

Salvation Army

36601 Newark Blvd., Newark (510) 793-6319
Salvation Army has a food pantry in which community members can pick-up groceries every weekday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  Community members must provide proof of Tri-City residency.

Tri-City Volunteers

37350 Joseph Street, Fremont (510) 598-4065
Tri-City Volunteers is a large food bank that provides an assortment of food to tri-city families, including fruits and veggies, grains, canned goods, meats, and dairy items.  They serve over 1,000 families every week.  They are open at various times throughout the work week.  
Marketplace Pick Up Hours:
9:30a-10:00a Registered Disabled Clients
10:00a-12:30p Morning General Clients
12:30-1:00p Closed to Replenish TCV Marketplace

St. Edward Church

5788 Thornton Ave., Newark (510) 797-0241 St. Edward Church provides a Friends and Family meal program on the second and fourth Sunday of every month between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Due to the pandemic, prepacked lunch bags will be provided with no sit down dinning. 

Newark Unified School District

Newark Unified School District is offering "to-go" meals for all Newark students including non-NUSD students under 18 years of age at two locations:
• Newark Jr. High School 6201 Lafayette Ave; and
• NUSD Central Kitchen 37370 Birch St.

Students will receive two meals on Mondays and 3 meals on Wednesdays.  For more information, please visit Newark Unified School District

Emergency Sikh Food Pantry

The Sikh Food Pantry of Sikh & Community Organizations has assembled a group of dedicated volunteers who are offering FREE services to deliver food to those in need.  Those eligible include:

  • The Elderly
  • Single Parents
  • Low Income
  • Special Circumstances

Alameda County residents visit:
Santa Clara County residents visit:

Application for those in need of basic food.

The following programs are in place relating to seniors:

Ride on Tri-City! Transportation Service

Contact:  David Zehnder, City of Newark  (510) 578-4405 The Ride on Tri-City! transportation program remains fully operational.  For more information or to schedule a ride, please contact Helpline at (510) 574-2053 or visit Ride-On Tri-City! Transportation Service

Life ElderCare

Contact:  David Zehnder, City of Newark  
(510) 578-4405
Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals mid-day Monday through Friday and also provides frozen meals for the weekend.  To request service, please contact Life ElderCare at (510) 894-0370 or visit Life ElderCare

Newark Senior Center

Contact:  David Zehnder, City of Newark 
 (510) 578-4405
Although the City is unable to offer services directly to seniors at our senior center at this time, staff will be reaching out to regular customers via telephone and e-mail to perform well-checks. 

Tax Preparation Services for Seniors

GetYourRefund.Org partners with free tax sites, known as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, to help you prepare your taxes. Trained and IRS-certified volunteers at local community organizations will prepare your taxes.

You can save up to $300 when you file for free. GetYourRefund.Org also ensures eligible taxpayers claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which can be over $3,000 per family.

Go to and answer questions to see if you qualify for the FREE service.