How a Community Came Together to Fight Food Insecurity

Mallory Lee | July 6, 2017

An astounding 90 million individuals suffer from food insecurity in Alameda County, this number grows as school breaks for summer leaving kids without the meals they relied on during the school year. Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) is dedicated to providing one meal a day to those that suffer from food insecurity in the surrounding areas. ACCFB distributes meals via local pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, nursing homes and college institutions such as California State East Bay and University of California, Berkeley.

On June 28, we partnered with ACCFB and Mad Oak Bar ‘n’ Yard to host a summer food drive event with a focus on putting a dent in childhood hunger in our community. Local shops and businesses like The OakTown Spice Shop, Rockridge Day Spa, Cholita Linda, Bloom That, and Philz Coffee (to name a few) sponsored our event by donating gifts and experiences for plush prize baskets included in our raffle. Food bins were set around Mad Oak Bar ‘n’ Yard to collect non-perishable goods, and 10% of all bar proceeds were donated to ACCFB. Together, we collected loads of food items AND raised over $6,000...totaling ~$36,000 in purchasing power. 

The number of calls inbound through the ACCFB's food hotline heighten during the summer months, as parents make difficult calls in search of food resources for their families. We appreciate everyone who came out to our first event (more to come!) and partnered with us as we acknowledged our joint responsibility to provide a daily meal to children in need. When you help end childhood hunger, you’re fueling energy for a child to thrive and learn, promoting health and vibrancy, and supporting families in their effort to secure a promising future.

If you weren’t able to make out event check out where you can find our food bins + how you can donate directly to the ACCFB.