Ways To Give

Support the Mercy Brown Bag Program

Just how much food will fit into a paper grocery bag? Volunteers with a popular Elder Care Alliance program can tell you: about 19 pounds.

For more than 30 years, the Mercy Brown Bag Program has filled sacks with nutritious groceries for Alameda County seniors in need. In one year, we distributed nearly 53,000 bags stuffed with close to 1 million pounds of food. Our team of about 500 senior volunteers donated more than 21,000 hours of their time to help sort, pack and deliver those bags.

Feeding Area Seniors in Need

Mercy Retirement & Care Center started the Brown Bag Program in 1982 and partners with the Alameda County Community Food Bank to identify and serve low-income seniors throughout the county who need food assistance.

The bags are brimming with nutritious items. One month, we loaded bags with a bottle of olive oil, whole-wheat pasta, low-sodium spaghetti sauce, red tomatoes, green peppers, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables. Last holiday season, our generous donors helped us fill bags with smoked ham, stuffing and cornbread mixes, along with mustard greens, cranberry sauce and other holiday treats.

As a non-profit, we rely on your generosity to help support the Mercy Brown Bag Program and other initiatives.

You can also support us in our mission to provide seniors with innovative, holistic care that celebrates their individuality by donating to Mercy Retirement & Care Center. Your donation is tax-deductible (tax ID# 94-1156579) and you may contact Andrew Bowles at (510) 534-8540 x322. You can also donate online at:

To volunteer or to register to receive food, call us at (510) 534-8540, ext. 369.

Leave Your Legacy

Many Mercy supporters have included us through bequests in their wills or with another type of legacy gift. Their foresight, and yours should you choose to join them, strengthens and helps ensure the future of Mercy Retirement & Care Center.

We are especially grateful to you for a bequest, setting up a life income gift, or some other type of legacy gift. We’ll recognize your commitment by inviting you to join our Sister Mary Baptist Russell Legacy Society. We’ll recognize members in our publications, and with invitations to special events. Anonymity is always an option. For more information contact Andrew Bowles, (510) 534-8540 x322 or email ABowles@ElderCareAlliance.org.