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Five San Francisco Bay Area food banks have a critical shortage with volunteers and are reaching out to the public for assistance.

The food banks — Alameda County Community Food Bank, Food Bank of Contra Costa Solano, Redwood Empire Food Bank, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and Second Harvest of Silicon Valley — serve 12 Northern California counties.

Collectively, Bay Area food banks feed about 1 million people each month.

Additionally, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Alameda County Community Food Bank and San Francisco Marin Food bank are reporting an increase in requests for home delivery of free groceries, as more people are forced to isolate due to exposure or illness related to the Omicron variant.

Volunteer rates at food banks tend to be traditionally slow between January and March after the holiday season, but this year’s drop was more significant as employers, schools and communities reinstate stay-at-home policies, according to Diane Baker Hayward of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley.

To volunteer, readers may contact the following:

Alameda County Community Food Bank — Counties Served: Alameda. Volunteer Sign-up: accfb.org/volunteer. Media Contact: Michael Altfest.

Food Bank of Contra Costa Solano — Counties Served: Contra Costa and Solano. Volunteer Sign-up: https://volunteer.foodbankccs.org. Media Contact: Cassidie Bates.

Redwood Empire Food Bank — Counties Served: Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte. Volunteer Sign-up: http://refb.org/volunteer. Media Contact: Rachelle Mesheau.

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank — Counties Served: San Francisco and Marin. Volunteer Sign-up: https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/volunteer/. Media Contact: Pamela Wellner.

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley — Counties Served: Santa Clara and San Mateo. Volunteer Sign-up: https://www.shfb.org/give-help/volunteer/volunteer-urgent/. Media Contact: Diane Baker Hayward.