OAKLAND -- Lake Merritt United Methodist Church will host its first LIFT concert to benefit its food pantry 4 p.m. March 29.

Over 30 years, the food pantry has provided free food to hundreds of individuals and families in need in Oakland. The pantry distributes food two Saturdays per month, serving as many as 470 families.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the World Harmony Chorus, Oakland Jazz Choir, Community Women's Orchestra, Aeri Lee, classical pianist from the Chinese Community United Methodist Church, and Stanley Huston from LMUMC will be performing.

Tickets range from $20-$50. For more information, call 510-530-7094 or visit http://www.lakemerrittumc.org/lift.html. The church is at 1330 Lakeshore Ave.

Proceeds from the concert will go toward the Food Pantry ministry so that it can continue to provide healthy, nutritious food to Oakland individuals and families.



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