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Open Heart Kitchen Of Livermore Incorporated

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Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Food Programs

Mission: To serve well balanced meals free of charge to the needy people of the Tri- Valley area without requirement.

Target demographics: feed anyone in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: feed people in the community.

Geographic areas served: the Tri-Valley (Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton)

Programs: Open Heart Kitchen served 542,924 meals in 2020, a 60% increase over meals served in 2019.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amount of effort, love, and care that Open Heart Kitchen's staff and volunteers puts into each meal, interaction, event is truly something that cannot be measured. The ripple affects of their work reaches lives far and wide, and I'm so proud that we have a program who recognizes and champions the food poverty issues in the tri-valley area that can often be overlooked. Excellent organization with a great mission and even better staff and volunteers!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing staff and volunteers providing much needed relief including nutritious meals, groceries and hygiene kits. Many senior clients say that picking up their lunch is the highlight of their day, as it is their only substantive social interaction and meal for the day. I’m proud to be one of the volunteer board members for this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of experiencing Open Heart Kitchen's growth over the past several years as an organization. OHK has always been anchored in the incredibly important mission of feeding those in need in the Tri-Valley, and has continued to evolve the offering of the organization to further this mission to clients from all walks of life. OHK is extremely well run, with passionate, dedicated leadership from a talented management team, and equally passionate and dedicated staff and volunteers throughout the organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

been a volunteer with OHK for almost two years now, they do an amazing job for the tri-valley community. I love volunteering at OHK and all the employees are very friendly and help equally.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Open Heart Kitchen about 4 years ago and I look forward to coming each week. I can't say enough positive things about this organization. They deeply care about their clients and they put so much time, energy, and heart into each meal they serve. I LOVE this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Open Heart Kitchen is an amazing nonprofit to volunteer for. I've volunteered in the Production kitchen several years ago and now been helping at the food distribution site.
The staff and other volunteers are so welcoming and grateful for our time. We're lucky to have this wonderful organization in our community

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great deal for seniors. I’ve been a volunteer for a wheel at the Pleasanton Senior Center and everyone there works hard and is loving.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve visited every sight of OHK as a volunteer and each one had such great supportive staff and the most wonderful people who we serve to! Wherever you go, it’s very apparent how much the staff cares about what they do. The love truly goes around full circle here and getting to share in this great community has been such an honor :) thank you guys!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering w/OHK about 8 years ago with my teenage daughter, and I have continued serving at various locations. I'm pretty familiar w/this nonprofit, and they do an excellent job of providing food for those in need, serving children/seniors/homeless. The office staff is wonderful to work with and the kitchen staff is supportive, gracious and so very appreciative. OHK is my #1 nonprofit to support! Love them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for OHK has been so amazing. Every single person is very kind and gives lots of guidance. They will help you out with whatever role you are assigned and give instruction on jobs that may be new to you. This organization is such a great outlet for those who are in need of meals. This organization and its volunteers are purely helping others from the goodness of their heart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this charity. I volunteer there with my children as often as possible. The people that run this program are truly amazing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These guys are great, they work so hard. A small team making a big difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Times are even tougher now with Covid-19. I am so thankful that I have a safe place to pick up meals for my family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

we use Open Heart Kitchen each week to feed our family. We can barely keep up with housing, car expenses, and bills. We are so grateful to have a place to get a great meal for our family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very passionate about feeding people in my community. I love volunteering with Open Heart Kitchen!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the President of the Open Heart Kitchen Club at our school. Our club loves volunteering at Open Heart Kitchen. It is a lot of fun serving food and bagging lunches.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great staff members who care about others and want to give back to the community. They are there to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at Open Heart Kitchen. I've met so many wonderful people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Open Heart Kitchen for the past couple of years. I love feeding lunch to the seniors and getting to know them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Open Heart has blessed me in so many ways. I have volunteered with them over the years and I continually encounter the most caring, kind and professional organizers. Every time I go, it fills my heart that I can help them serve the community. Now, in the middle of a global pandemic, I find myself on the needing side instead of the serving side. I am grateful for such a wonderful organization.

Shelley S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Open Heart. I was very impressed by the dedicated volunteers, their hard work, and the home-cooked, healthy food they provide for those in need. They also set out dessert and whole loaves of bread for taking home. (I believe guests could also take home leftovers.) It's a good charity that serves good food.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My company volunteered here again and this time we bagged lunches for students. We put together over 2000 lunches in 2 hours. I love helping feed children in the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My company volunteered at the Pleasanton Senior Center. It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed serving food to the seniors.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great Charity to work with and what they do for the needy in the Tri-Valley

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with them for a number of years and have been a wonderful charity for the Tri-Valley.
I am proud to be part of this organization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Open Heart Kitchen is a great place to volunteer. The staff and the other volunteers are amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love assembling lunches for students in need on Thursdays. We assemble over 2400 lunches each week. I like knowing students won't go hungry over the weekend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Open Heart Kitchen is such a wonderful organization. They really care about meeting the needs of the people they serve. Their food is nutrious and very tasty. I am so thankful for their service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't believe Open Heart Kitchen served over 344,000 meals last year. I am so proud to be a volunteer for such a wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My school club volunteers at the Asbury Church site once a month. I am glad that we can help feed people in need in our community. It is so rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My company volunteers with Open Heart Kitchen a few times a year. We enjoy preparing the meals and also serving the meals. It is a great experience for our team.

Client Served

Rating: 4

We love the food at Open Heart Kitchen. My family and I are so thankful that we are able to get a hot meal when needed. They are a true blessing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My church youth group volunteers with Open Heart Kitchen. They really enjoy bagging lunches and always have a great experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Open Heart Kitchen is a fun place to volunteer. I like serving lunch to the seniors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering in the kitchen at Ridgeview Commons Senior Center. I love making meals for the sites and learning new culinary skills.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family loves volunteering at Open Heart Kitchen. We love assembling bag lunches for students in need in our own community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization helping a lot of hungry people in the Tri-Valley!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board for the past few years, and continue to be impressed by the dedication of the staff and volunteers, community engagement, and positive impact that Open Heart Kitchen has in the Tri-Valley.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We took some teenagers to help serve at Open Heart Kitchen and many of them said they wanted to come back and do it on a regular basis. They said it made them feel good to help others.