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Taste the love: Alameda Kitchen soup nourishes Oakland residents

For the past five years, Food Shift has been tackling wasted food and hunger through advocacy and collaborative programs around the Bay Area.  Thank you for believing in our work.

In 2016, your support helped us launch the Alameda Kitchen – a social enterprise that provides culinary workforce training and employment to jobless adults. Food in the kitchen is transformed into nutritious meals and sold to local businesses and distributed free-of-charge to agencies who feed people in need.

The need is tremendous

One of the agencies served by Alameda Kitchen is City Team, a residential addiction program in downtown Oakland“the last place on the block for people who have hit bottom,” says Andrew, one of City Team’s residents.  City Team feeds 100 people per day through food donations, including soup made at the Alameda Kitchen. As Andrew says, “The need is tremendous. There’s been times when we’ve been scratching the bottom of the barrel. Then you show up and it’s like  ‘Hallelujah, right on time!’ We prayed for food for lunch one day and you guys showed up. We didn’t call, you just appeared. Then we had more than enough food.”

 

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Guiselle, Tabatha, and Terri are acknowledged and thanked by the men at City Team for their hard work and the 875lbs of delicious soup they delivered throughout the program.

“I can taste the love when you bring your food,” Andrew says. “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.”

We recently celebrated the graduation of Alameda Kitchen’s first class and we’re excited to launch class two in January.  In the kitchen, we use the power of food to educate, inspire, and engage program employees with the goals of increasing confidence in the workplace, increasing knowledge of nutritious cooking, and equipping them to make a difference in their community.

Your support has impact

Over the past year, Food Shift has supported, directed, and provided food recovery efforts throughout the Bay Area.  We’ve advised and supported Santa Clara County, Alameda County, and persuaded companies like Nestle and Andronico’s Community Markets to invest more deeply in waste reduction and food recovery solutions. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, Food Shift will gather, and coordinate the dissemination of over 15,000 lbs. of food for organizations that will be feeding the most marginalized members of our community.

Connecting abundance with need

Whether during the holiday season or any other time of the year, no one should go hungry in a society where we still grow–and waste–more food than we need. Together we can connect this abundance with those in need, in ways that provide both food and economic opportunity.

Donate now to support Food Shift’s work.


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