About the Program
Using fresh fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be discarded from farms and distributors due to imperfections, the Food Shift Kitchen creates nutritious food products that can be sold to local food businesses and provided at low cost to food insecure communities.
Where We’re Located
The Food Shift Kitchen is housed at Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), a housing community in the City of Alameda for individuals previously without homes. In the Kitchen, we train and employ APC residents, the majority of whom are unemployed and living below the poverty line.
How It Works
By rescuing surplus food and bringing it into the Kitchen, we transform slightly bruised apples into applesauce for seniors, overripe bananas into muffins for school children, or misshapen veggies into an affordable Food Shift soup! We provide catering to local businesses, which allows us to subsidize products at low costs for agencies that serve food insecure populations and pay fair wages for trainees.
APC residents face multiple challenges. All families are homeless when they apply to live at APC, all heads of household have a disability, and many are either survivors of domestic violence or veterans. 99% of APC residents have incomes below the poverty line and the majority of residents use the food bank and/or depend on low cost, often highly processed foods – leading to high rates of diet related diseases in the community. Only 10-15% of the APC population is employed. Many residents feel isolated from the broader community and stuck in their socioeconomic position.
Food Shift cares deeply about ending the cycle of poverty and hunger at APC and beyond. APC residents want to get back to work, and the Kitchen provides hands-on-experience and support to help make it possible. The Food Shift Kitchen is integrated with APC’s existing on-the-job training program (OJT) and serves as a bridge program, employing and providing additional work experience and culinary training to OJT graduates before they enter the workforce. The Food Shift Kitchen supports APC residents in acquiring the necessary hard and soft skills to kickstart a culinary career.
The Food Shift Kitchen is not only an engine for job creation and waste reduction, but also a unique social enterprise model. We cater for companies that care. Learn more about our catering services for companies, events, and conferences, and book today!
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The Food Shift Kitchen Launch Party in June 2016 was a huge success, learn more, and see pictures and videos here!
How you can help! Donate supplies to help our kitchen run. Check out our essential supplies wishlist or make an online donation below.
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