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The Alameda Kitchen

 

The Alameda Launch Party in June 2016 was a huge success, learn more, and see pictures and videos here!

Surplus produce - including carrots, potatoes, and bell peppers - donated by Imperfect Produce and stored at Alameda Food Bank. This produce is all too "ugly" to make it to the supermarket!

Surplus produce – including carrots, potatoes, and bell peppers – that is all too “ugly” to make it to the supermarket. This is the kind of produce we will be using at Alameda kitchen!

About the Program

Using fresh fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be discarded from farms and distributors due to imperfections, the Alameda Kitchen will create nutritious food products that can be sold to local food businesses and provided at low cost to food insecure communities.

Where We’re Located

The Alameda Kitchen will be housed at Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), a housing community in the City of Alameda for individuals previously without homes. In the kitchen, we will train and employ APC residents, the majority of whom are unemployed and living below the poverty line.

How It Works

By rescuing surplus food and bringing it into the kitchen, we can transform slightly bruised apples into applesauce for seniors, overripe bananas into muffins for school children, or misshapen veggies into an affordable Food Shift soup! We will sell our premium products to local businesses, which will allow us to subsidize products at low costs for agencies that serve food insecure populations and pay fair wages for trainees.

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“The prospect of returning to work is just so exciting for me. I love the feeling that I’m doing something positive and I get to see my kids after work.” – Henrika, APC Resident

Why Jobs?

APC residents face multiple challenges.  All families are homeless when they apply to live at APC, all heads of household have a disability, and many are either survivors of domestic violence or veterans.  99% of APC residents have incomes below the poverty line and the majority of residents use the food bank and/or depend on low cost, often highly processed foods – leading to high rates of diet related diseases in the community. Only 10-15% of the APC population is employed. Many residents feel isolated from the broader community and stuck in their socioeconomic position.

Food Shift cares deeply about ending the cycle of poverty and hunger at APC and beyond. APC residents want to get back to work, and the kitchen will provide hands-on-experience and support to help make it possible. Alameda Kitchen will be integrating with APC’s existing on-the-job training program (OJT) and will serve as a bridge program, employing and providing additional work experience and culinary training to OJT graduates before they enter the workforce. Alameda Kitchen will support APC residents in acquiring the necessary hard and soft skills to kickstart a culinary career.

 

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