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Alameda County has opened a drive-thru emergency food distribution site at the county fairgrounds in Pleasanton with pre-packaged boxes of food, including meat, cheese and fresh produce, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The distribution center, operated in conjunction with the nonprofit Alameda County Community Food Bank, will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to the county, 281 cars, representing 330 households, received boxes of food on June 2, the first day the drive-through site was open.

“Making sure that every person in Alameda County has access to food during this difficult time is a priority,” said County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.

This is the second drive-through food distribution site set up by the county to help feed residents hard hit economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Zhone Way Emergency Food Distribution site in Oakland has been operating since March 30.

The newly opened site, which can be reached by entering the fairgrounds at Gate 8, is being operated jointly by the Alameda County Department of Child Support Services, Alameda County Emergency Operations Center, the Alameda County Social Services Agency, Alameda County Community Food Bank, and County Disaster Service Workers.

Food pick-up is by drive-through only, no walk-ups allowed, and face masks are required.