Food Shift’s newest project, the Alameda Kitchen has been training and employing residents at the Alameda Point Collaborative for over a month, and we’re excited to announce we are now starting to distribute the yummy soup and creative sides they’re making! Our first event was today: we hosted a community lunch at the Alameda Point Collaborative, a supportive housing community devoted to breaking the cycle of homelessness. The wonderful on-the-job trainees Guiselle, Terry, and Tabitha, and Chef Harold served broccoli with rosemary soup, vegetable and bean soup, bread, and applesauce.
Introducing Soup-rise Pop-ups
Over thirty people from the APC community joined the lunch and gave some glowing feedback on the flavors – the broccoli soup and applesauce were a huge hit. At the end of the meal Chef Harold drove 70 pounds of soup over to our friends at City Team in downtown Oakland.
In order for us to sustain and grow our kitchen that is feeding people, hosting community meals, and distributing food to agencies that serve food to food insecure populations, we have to generate revenue. That is why we are launching Soup-rise Pop-Ups! Soup-rise Pop-Ups are our mobile lunch spot that will offer soups and sides prepared at the Alameda Kitchen. We want to make nourishing soups and sides for large venues, offices, and corporate lunches. You will be able to pre-order warm soup and pick it up on the day we’re serving soup close to you. These pop-ups are a way for us to engage, inspire, and nourish the community while generating revenue to support the program. Please sign up for our newsletter to learn when you can sign up for Soup-rise pop-ups.
Rise. Buy. Give.
When you buy our soup you are helping raise up our community.
If you want to buy our soup sign up to be the first to know when it’s available!
Suggest somewhere for our first Soup-rise booth
How the Alameda Kitchen Works
Alameda Kitchen operates within Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), a housing community for individuals and families previously without a home in the City of Alameda. While 99% of residents at APC live below the poverty line, only 10-15% are employed. Alameda Kitchen engages and employs residents, providing them with a salary, practical culinary and work readiness skills, and post-program job placement support. The soups they produce will be sold out of the Soup-rise stations and eventually available at local stores.
We’re really excited about the next phase of Food Shift and are so grateful to have such a supportive community. As always, feel free to reach out to us with advice or questions @foodshift on Twitter and Facebook.
Help us spread the word with these sample tweets/posts
I just signed up for #SoupRise soup lunches. The soup is made by @thealamedapoint residents & all proceeds go to @FoodShift.
New social enterprise from @foodshift: #SoupRise soups will help to sustain their on-the-job-training program. http://foodshift.net/blog/soup-rise-the-next-phase-of-the-alameda-kitchen
Tell your office or building to invite us:
The #SoupRise soups are yummy and made by @thealamedapoint residents. @YOURBUILDING’SSOCIALMEDIA we should invite @Foodshift to host in our building!