The staggering increase in poverty and inequality demands that we act now. Taking into account the cost of living, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation at 23.8% and the highest poverty rate among seniors. In Alameda County, more than half the children live in poverty in 15 neighborhoods and more than one-third live in poverty in another 36 neighborhoods.
Food as Medicine (PDF) is a multi-sector initiative launched by several partners, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, ALL IN Alameda County, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and the Alameda County Public Health Department. ALL IN Alameda County provides the organizational backbone for the collaboration, and the initiative will be rolled out in the fall of 2016. The initiative plans to partner with local hospitals and community clinics to deliver high-quality nutritious food to families to improve their health and well-being.
Watch the video to learn more about Food as Medicine:
ALL IN Alameda County is an innovation incubator within county government. People who sit on all sides of a social issue – including community residents– come together to design new solutions, and apply creative thinking to remove barriers and take advantage of opportunities for progress.
On June 7, 2017, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors held a Human Impact Budget Hearing to discuss how federal and state budget changes in the areas of healthcare, affordable housing, social services and public protection will impact Alameda County.
See how vital public services have changed the lives of Alameda County residents - and why we can’t afford to lose them - on the Human Impact Budget website.
Thank you to Nspired Media for filming, editing, and producing this short film featuring some of our listening session participants.
Limited access to quality, affordable child care and early education is taking its toll on families, educators and communities across our county. Parents are struggling to find child care that they can afford and on average, families are spending up to 30% of their income on child care. Today, more than 115,000 Alameda County children lack access to formal child care and early education.
Early educators’ pay is so low that it’s impossible for them to provide the basics for their own families. The average salary of a child care worker is $29,000 per year, hardly enough to make ends meet for themselves and their families.
Due to limited access to quality child care and early education, fifty-six percent (56%) of Alameda County children are not fully prepared to start Kindergarten when they arrive, and 20% are not even partially ready.
To help address these issues, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors is studying the crisis, developing policy solutions with robust community input and overseeing the placement of a potential ballot measure for 2018. If passed, the measure would generate up to $140 million per year to provide quality child care options for families throughout our county, raise early educator pay to $15 per hour for participating providers, attract and retain quality educators, and increase the quality of child care and early education.