Bill Somerville, Oakland-based Philanthropic Ventures Foundation’s (PVF) Founder and Anita Kao, Program Associate, recently paid a visit and shared a meal with Dana Frasz at The Food Shift Kitchen (TFSK).
In September 2016, PVF gave Food Shift a discretionary grant to continue its work of reducing food waste and hunger in our communities. On this visit they could observe first-hand The Food Shift Kitchen’s real and tangible steps toward reaching their ambitious food waste goals… TFSK had:
- Hired a new chef, who is a perfect fit for TFSK’s job training program, connecting with the apprentices and producing delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals
- Secured new catering opportunities at Kaiser Permanente and at a Google satellite site
- Tested food sales via various venues and platforms
- Initiated new partnerships with local distributors and agencies for food collection and donation
Bill and Anita heard over lunch about Food Shift’s critical need for a more efficient and sustainable method of transporting both surplus produce and prepared food, rather than relying on volunteers’ vehicles. One volunteer makes multiple trips in his Toyota Prius, but is unable to pick up pallets of produce from regional markets and distributors. Thousands more pounds of food is available, but without a suitable means to transport it.
With Philanthropic Ventures Foundation’s subsequent grant of $20,000 to obtain a van, Food Shift will be able to stabilize our operations,expand our services, and make an even bigger impact with a more secure transportation infrastructure. Thank you, PVF!
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