As Food Shift enters our 6th year, I want to first and foremost thank you for all the ways you have supported our work. I’m pleased to share with you some highlights from this past year that you helped make possible:
Over 250,000 lbs of food saved – Our food recovery service, relationships, and facilitation ensure that quality food gets to people who need it. The food recovery program we established at Andronico’s continues thanks to their committed staff and consistent pickups from our friends at St. Vincent de Paul while the Alameda Food Bank makes weekly pickups from Imperfect. These community partners deserve a lot of credit for their hard work and dedication to feeding the community and we are so grateful to be collaborating with them.
Alameda Kitchen workforce development – Guiselle, Tabatha, and Terri graduated from Alameda Kitchen’s first intensive training, each becoming ServSafe certified, gaining work-ready skills, and learning to cook nutritious meals. After graduating, Guiselle shared the impact of the program on her life saying,
“I didn’t realize how much food I wasted until working with Food Shift. My kids are more conscious of food waste now. The program is a lifetime opportunity to make a difference.”
Connecting abundance with need – In addition to delivering thousands of pounds of produce to our community partners, Food Shift’s Alameda Kitchen produced and delivered 875 pounds of soup to City Team where they serve 150 meals each day.
“I can taste the love when you bring your food,” said Andrew, a City Team resident. “It has a profound effect. It lets us know we are noticed, cared for, and provided for out of the abundance of people’s hearts. It’s more than just food – it’s love, and it shows that somebody cares.”
Mobilizing action – Dozens of volunteers contributed over 3,000 hours of work including: outreach, social media, administrative tasks, food recovery, photography, graphic design, grantwriting, and more. Our capacity is greatly expanded by their contributions and we are so grateful for such dedication and quality work!
Outreach & education – From talking to event producers, foodies, and students in the Bay Area, to framing the issue and opportunities at Harvard’s Food Recovery conference, and supporting Nestle’s innovation team in Ohio – Food Shift continues to influence the conversation and discovery of solutions to wasted food, locally and nationally.
Local impact – After the release of our 2015 food recovery report for Santa Clara County with recommendations for action, we are thrilled to see the progress of the County’s food recovery coordination team. Similarly, Alameda County’s All In coalition is working on a strategy and some pilots to move Oakland closer toward Food Shift’s vision of a professional, reliable, food recovery service sector that creates jobs.
Selected for REDF’s Social Enterprise Accelerator – Food Shift was chosen as one of 20 national social enterprises – a unique opportunity to receive guidance and support to grow our workforce development and job training program for the Alameda Kitchen.
Grants – This month we received $35,000 from the Pisces Foundation and $24,000 from Kaiser’s Community Benefits program! Like you, these funders see the value in supporting work that is developing more sustainable solutions to the challenges of wasted food and food access.
Your support – We have received over $20,000 in individual contributions this year and many of you joined for the Alameda Kitchen launch party. Thank you! Your generosity makes all of this possible.
We’re grateful to be part of the growing ecosystem of businesses, communities, and leaders working to solve this crazy and completely solvable paradox of wasted food and hunger.
We’ve come a long way and there is still much work to do! We are looking forward to a year full of abundance, hard work, collaboration, and impact in 2017.
Please consider a donation to Food Shift today so we can continue our work toward a more just and sustainable food system.