Reducing Waste. Nourishing Neighbors. Creating Jobs.

Our Approach

From Food Waste To Nourishing Food

Our journey begins with boxes and boxes of excess or imperfect fruits and vegetables. Much of our produce is recovered from produce distributors and markets before it enters the waste stream. Food Shift staff members pick up and deliver this nourishing food directly to our kitchen doors. This perfectly edible food serves as a catalyst for Food Shift’s multi-pronged social enterprise. Food is used as the springboard to build upon basic life skills, teach teamwork, create jobs, nourish and connect people to healthier living. Our meals are delivered to food insecure neighbors and other organizations that work with food insecure populations.

Apprentices In The Kitchen

Our apprentices come from partner organizations and agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area with on-the-job training components, such as Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) and Oakland Private Industry Council (OPIC). Many of our partner organizations offer supportive services so our apprentices can maintain stability in their lives. Collaborating with on the job training programs, a Food Shift apprenticeship becomes an educational opportunity, where participants can learn hard and soft skills related to the food preparation industry and open the door to future food-oriented work.

2019 Highlights

  • 121,750 lbs of food recovered and processed; 80% redistributed to community partners; 20% retained for The Food Shift Kitchen
  • Over 1,500 volunteer hours
  • Generated approximately $100K from The Food Shift Kitchen catering enterprise, our highest revenue ever and one-third of Food Shift’s operating income
  • Catering sales growth with eight new clients in October 2019
  • 11 apprentices graduated, with 55% employed or in school after successful program completion
  • 150 nutritious meals served per week to neighbors who are food insecure in Oakland
  • Twenty-one apprentices received fresh produce and nutritious meals weekly for their households

A 2020 Highlight