Open Heart Kitchen


Founded in 1995 by an inter-faith effort, Open Heart Kitchen’s mission is to provide nutritious meals free of charge or qualification to the needy people of the Tri-Valley area. Open Heart Kitchen offers the only free hot meal service of its kind in the area. Open Heart Kitchen is a 501(C) (3) non-profit agency. Tax ID 94-3396038

Our guests come from all walks of life. Some are homeless, but unlike many urban “soup kitchens” Open Heart Kitchen guests are mostly the working poor. Many are low income seniors on a fixed income, single-parent families, and multi-generational families all struggling to make ends meet. At Open Heart Kitchen they find a free healthy meal in an environment that upholds their dignity. Open Heart Kitchen fulfills the most basic need of hunger in a dignified manner through 3 meal program.

Hot Meals Program
Hot meals are made from scratch by our volunteers and served from several locations Monday through Friday to anyone in need. Each meal consists of a protein, starch, vegetable, green salad, fruit salad, bread, milk, coffee, tea or juice and dessert. On average we provide 450 hot meals each serving day.

Weekend Box Lunch Program
Children who receive free school lunches during the week are left without on the weekends. To supplement school lunches over the weekends, Open Heart Kitchen distributes a box lunch consisting of two healthy lunches to low income children and their families on Friday afternoons from four locations in the Livermore and Dublin area. On average 1,700 boxed lunches are prepared and distributed each week.

Senior Hot Meal Program
Open Heart Kitchen prepares and serves dinner for low income senior citizens 62+ years, Monday through Friday at Ridge View Commons a Low income senior Center. Residents and neighboring seniors from the Tri-Valley area are encouraged to join Open Heart Kitchen for a low cost “Senior Friendly” nutritious meal. On average 50 guests dine each weekday. *(Area Agencies on Aging Program Guideline suggest that the guest make a small contribution for the meals, Open Heart Kitchen subsidizes the coast of each meal and provides free meals to any senior unable to make a contribution, suggested donation $3.00.)

We are currently serving about 15,000 meals every month. (Information excerpted from

For more information on how to become an Open Heart Kitchen volunteer at Holy Cross, please fill out the form below.


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