Alameda County — County residents can dial 211 to be connected with hot meals and volunteer opportunities this Thanksgiving. Call centers are ready to help struggling families find extra assistance and give volunteers ways to help.

Questions about local food banks, free Thanksgiving meals and food baskets, canned food drives, volunteer opportunities and more can be answered by dialing 211. The number is a free and confidential and connects Alameda County residents to essential community information and services, including health care, rent and mortgage assistance, food and shelter, job training, transportation, child care, senior care, veteran services and much more.

For families and individuals in need of extra assistance, 211 can provide county residents with information on local food banks and supplemental food programs available during the holidays and throughout the year, as well as prescreen callers to determine their eligibility in the Food Stamp Program.

For volunteers, 211 can help individuals and groups identify organizations that need help serving and preparing meals and collecting, sorting, packing and delivering donations. For charities and organizations, 211 can help connect programs with those in need.

For more information, contact Barbara Bernstein at 510-537-2710, ext. 8, or bbernstein@edenir.org, or visit www.211alamedacounty.org.