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Dire straits

Original post made on Nov 11, 2008

Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Open Heart Kitchen, which serves hot meals to people in need, will host an emergency fundraiser Nov. 20 in the hopes that it will raise enough money to keep it from shuttering its doors.
The nonprofit, which serves low-income families, seniors and other vulnerable populations in the Tri-Valley has already begun tapping into its reserve food supply, a victim of the worsening economy.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 3:08 PM

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 11, 2008 at 9:29 pm

These folks do amazing work. Although they participate in the Weekly's Holiday Fund, it sounds like they need help to stay around for 'that' distribution.
I'll be at their fundraiser.. y'all come!

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Posted by Charity begins at home
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2008 at 10:58 pm

I have worked with Open Heart Kitchen and know that they are a vital part of our TriValley area.

Sometimes we can forget about the individuals and families that don't always have enough money each day for food. The places that have the meals with Open Heart Kitchen don't ask for a name, income, or a donation. They let people come in and eat without questions or comments.

Many of the folks that need a place like Open Heart Kitchen are the same people that work the hard labor and unattractive jobs in our cities that keep our lifestyles nice. They wash the dishes, mow the yards, clean the hotel rooms, and do alot of things that we wouldn't be willing to do.

These families are trying to raise their own children in a place where $110,000 is the average income and they make a third of that amount.

Please donate to this great organization!!

They take credit cards via the internet from their website at

If you can't donate cash, consider volunteering with them. It's also getting tougher to get people to volunteer their time because more and more are going back to work themselves to help with their own household bills.

If you have a garden or a fruit tree, consider giving an extras that might go to waste to this group. They will use in the meals or give to people to take home.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 12, 2008 at 2:02 am

We see worthwhile organizations such as this practically begging for aid, then, we see on TV, or read in the print media, where the politicians are bailing out crooks in the banking/loan industry with big, big bucks(Now the "Big Three" auto manufacturers have their hands out). Makes one wonder when the "Send me to Washington. I'll look out for your interest" becomes a reality...

McNerney is supposedly here on weekends walking around "consulting" with his constituency. Anyone with access more than "I hear what you're saying"??? Let's see if he's more than just "words to get elected"...

My family has donated to several "leave it on your steps" food drives, we'll see what we can do to help this organization...

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Posted by Nancy Freedom
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 12, 2008 at 9:26 am

According to two Open Heart workers I spoke to Nov 11 as they were preparing dinner at Ridge View Commons, they have received money & donations & will not be closing.
Please follow up on this; the news story was alarming to low-income residents.

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Posted by jeanne
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 12, 2008 at 1:45 pm

I spoke with Weathers today and Open Heart Kitchen is also taking donations of canned, dryed food,pasta and fresh produce you can check their web site at for locations to drop off. We recently had an open house at my home and I asked people to bring food donations for Open Heart.

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Posted by Janet Pelletier, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Nancy, yes, you are correct. Donations have been coming in the past few days with news of the possible shutdown, which has helped Open Heart's situation, but the nonprofit is still in need, hence the emergency fundraiser.

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Posted by Too Bad
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Nov 16, 2008 at 10:56 am

Too bad Stacey and Julie of Vintage Hills care more about gay marraige than they do about hungry seniors and children. And yes, I have donated my time, money and organizational skills to Open Heart already.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 16, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Too bad,

I frankly could care less about gay marriage. You apparently have failed to understand anything I've written on the subject.

Good for you for donating your time, money, and skills. Too bad you behave like a narcissist who uses your good deeds as a means to show off in order to put other people down.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 17, 2008 at 1:18 am

Hey Stacey,

He/she got you hook, line and sinker!!!

Didn't think you'd fall for bait such as that...:):):):)

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 17, 2008 at 7:58 am

Bait or not, it is completely false and an attack on people's characters. It deserves to be rebutted.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:05 am


If your posts did not sound so high and mighty and condescending you might not be a target for those kind of comments. No one likes a know it all with an attitude.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:06 am


That might be a reason for you to not like me, but I don't know if that's Too Bad's motive.

Julie and I saw the gay marriage issue as one of equal rights and we stuck strongly to the constitutional principles that this country was founded upon that we both highly value. If sticking to a set of principles can be called "attitude", I'll gladly wear that badge.

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