Open Heart Kitchen serves prepared, nutritious meals free of charge to the hungry people of the Tri-Valley area.

Who We Are

People in the Tri-Valley are going hungry today.

There is an assumption in the Tri-Valley that poverty and hunger don’t exist, but that’s simply not the case. Thousands of our neighbors in the Tri-Valley are going hungry today, and aren’t sure where their next meal will come from. They are forced to choose between paying for food, and paying for essentials such as housing, medicine, and utilities. This includes populations like the underemployed, low-income seniors, and children of families struggling to get by.

Open Heart Kitchen is the largest hot meal program of its kind in the Tri­-Valley Area. Founded in 1995 as a small, grassroots effort to address hunger in the Tri-Valley, Open Heart Kitchen now serves meals 7 days a week at multiple locations in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton, California. There is no qualifying process and meals may be eaten at our multiple serving sites or taken to go. We work in cooperation with local food pantries and various Tri-­Valley nonprofits whose missions promote nutrition and hunger relief.


We serve people in need through three meal programs: the hot meal program, the senior meal program, and the children’s weekend bag lunch program. Guests come from all walks of life and Open Heart Kitchen has become a safety net to those in need during challenging times. Last year, Open Heart Kitchen served more than 328,000 meals to those who needed it.


How to Register

You can register a volunteer account through our website by clicking here. The minimum age to volunteer with Open Heart Kitchen is 14, and 14-15-year-old volunteers must have a parent or guardian register an account in order to volunteer with them. Once your application has been approved, you will then be able to log in to your account, and sign-up for volunteer shifts.  If you have any questions about submitting an application or signing up for shifts once your application has been approved, please email volunteerservices@openheartkitchen.org  We look forward to having you volunteer with us.