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Philanthropic Ventures Foundation Grants $20,000 Towards Transportation

Posted in Blog on Thursday, October 26th, 2017

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


Posted in Blog on Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Misinterpretation of food date labels is a key factor leading  to food waste in American households and supermarkets. Governor Brown signed AB 954, THE FOOD WASTE REDUCTION AND DATE LABELING ACT OF 2017, into law on October 15th, 2017.  The

Voices from the Food Shift Kitchen: Allen

Posted in Blog on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Interviewed by Heidi Buelow Meet Allen Beene, a mixed-media portrait artist and one of our Spring 2017 apprentices, who joined The Food Shift Kitchen (TFSK) program after a multi-year stint at the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) Farm. The APC Farm

Let Us Cook You Dinner!

Posted in Blog on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

We are excited to announce the launching of our new partnership with, an online marketplace for us to sell our products from The Food Shift Kitchen! Here you can find a listing of our delicious dishes, all original recipes

Voices of the Food Shift Kitchen: Justin

Posted in Blog on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

By Heidi Buelow Meet Justin Lindfors, apprenticing in The Food Shift Kitchen since March 2017. Interested and conversant on many topics, Justin is pursuing a degree in Computer Science. He had previously completed two stints at the Alameda Point Collaborative

Join Us for an Educational Lunch in the Food Shift Kitchen!

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Posted in Blog on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

40% of all food produced in the US is wasted.  But food isn’t waste – it’s valuable nutrition that uses precious environmental resources and is a powerful tool that can be used to educate, engage, and inspire communities. Food Shift

Host your next lunch at The Food Shift Kitchen!

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Posted in Blog on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

This month we collaborated with Bay Area Green Tours to bring a group from LinkedIn to the Food Shift Kitchen! A group from LinkedIn joined us on May 19, 2017 for a short presentation and lunch, showcasing what’s going on in

Voices from the Food Shift Kitchen: Monique

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Posted in Blog on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Meet Monique! By Heidi Buelow Let me introduce you to Monique Assen, one of our kitchen apprentices at Food Shift!  Monique is a wonderful woman full of cheerful energy who loves to cook.  In addition to working in the kitchen, Monique

Food Shift featured in the Alameda Sun!

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Posted in Blog, In the Media on Thursday, May 4th, 2017

The Alameda Sun featured an article about us in their blog! Find out how the Food Shift Kitchen is providing job training and employment while creating nutritious meals for the community.

“Food is an important component of self-sufficiency,” said APC  Executive Director Doug Biggs. “But food alone cannot lead to  success, people also need job skills.” Because APC’s goal is to  help individuals gain work-ready skills and become self-sufficient, their partnership with TFSK was a no-brainer.

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Volunteer with Food Shift… In the Kitchen!

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized on Friday, March 24th, 2017

The Food Shift Kitchen, located at the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC)  is up and running, and we have been busy transforming surplus produce into delicious food for the Alameda Food Bank, City Team Ministries, and  events including the Oakland Earth

Welcome The Food Shift Kitchen’s new chef Terrell Brunet!

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Posted in Blog on Monday, February 27th, 2017

We welcome a new chef and culinary educator to The Food Shift Kitchen, where reducing waste and creating opportunity is at the heart of it all. Terrell Brunet is a southern gentleman with a French-Creole heritage that can be traced

Food Shift’s 2016 highlights – thank you for making all of it possible!

Posted in Blog on Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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

Taste the love: Alameda Kitchen soup nourishes Oakland residents

Posted in Blog on Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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

Reflections on the impact of the Alameda Kitchen program

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Posted in Blog on Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Scraping leftovers into the trash, tossing out unused and ugly produce, and rarely utilizing her freezer for storage, Guiselle Reyna says in hindsight, “I didn’t realize how much food I wasted until interning with Food Shift’s Alameda Kitchen!” Prior to

Food Shift selected for REDF’s national social enterprise for jobs accelerator!

Posted in Blog on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

For nearly 20 years, REDF has helped build the field of employment social enterprise by providing grants and specialized advisory services to a portfolio of social enterprises. In 2011, REDF launched the Social Enterprise for Jobs network – SE4Jobs –

Alameda Kitchen Graduates its First Class

Posted in Blog on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The Alameda Kitchen concluded its first class last Wednesday, October 5th. Our first three-month program was a growing experience for everyone involved. We were inspired by the tenacity and passion the on-the-job trainees (OJTs) brought to their work and encouraged by

Soup-rise! The next phase of the Alameda Kitchen.

Posted in Blog, Events on Friday, August 26th, 2016

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!

Thank You, Supporters of the Alameda Kitchen!

Posted in Blog on Thursday, July 28th, 2016

We are so grateful to all of the individuals, organizations, and businesses, who contributed to the successful launch of the Alameda Kitchen. Altamont Education Advisory Board and Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund helped to fund much of this endeavor and we are thrilled to have

Highlights from the Alameda Kitchen Launch Party!

Posted in Blog on Thursday, June 30th, 2016

What an incredible evening! Thank you to all our wonderful guests for helping us celebrate the  launch of our new kitchen, in partnership with Alameda Point Collaborative! We captured some special moments from throughout the event, as well as some

Reduce and Recover: Save Food for People Conference featuring Dana Frasz on June 28-29 2016

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized on Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Save the date and join us on June 28 & 29 at Harvard Law School for the Reduce and Recover: Save Food for People conference in Cambridge, MA. This action oriented conference will bring together entrepreneurs and policy makers to