Food insecurity, or lack of access to adequate, nutritious food, is a prevalent, yet preventable, social condition that has been linked to numerous adverse health outcomes. All In’s Food as Medicine Clinical-Integration Model seeks to build a strong bridge between healthcare and food systems networks through a deliberate and thoughtful process involving various Alameda County stakeholders including family and pediatric physicians, food justice representatives, community activists, and local lawmakers. The team has a multi-faceted approach:
Food "farmacies" supported by this effort have been running at La Clinica de la Raza and Native American Health Center since 2018. In late 2019, new farmacies will begin at West Oakland Health Center and Roots Community Clinic, and we are exploring partnerships with additional community clinics.
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Thank you to the Alameda County Community Food Bank for sharing these recipes.
Thank you to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland for sharing these videos!
Our neighborhood-led strategies, are community education and participatory action projects focused on promoting healthy eating and healthy food systems in a centralized neighborhood, currently the San Antonio and Fruitvale neighborhoods of Oakland. Community and neighborhood-led strategies are complex social processes that move beyond single interventions and outcomes at the individual level of short-term change. The Healthy Food Healthy Families Neighborhood Strategy has two main components: the Neighborhood Steering Committee and Healthy Food Champions.
The Neighborhood Steering Committee (NSC) is made up of members and directors of nonprofit organizations in the neighborhood, community residents, County and City department representatives, and leaders from local clinics. The NSC meets once a month and is a collaborative process for the above-named stakeholders to identify the direction, actions, and evaluation of the progress. ALL IN convenes and facilitates the NSC meetings, each of which are held at different community partner sites.
The second component is the Healthy Food Champions (HFC), who work through the Community Engagement Hub (La Clinica). There are currently 5 Healthy Food Champions, all women of color mothers who have a passion for promoting health. They are all from either the Fruitvale or San Antonio neighborhoods. Through the Community Engagement Hub and ALL IN the HFC’s have been going through a collective process that brings their own knowledge and various cultural backgrounds together, getting to know one another, learning new skills, sharing with one another. The new skills they acquire take place through weekly trainings and topics have included the following:
Through this process the HFCs have identified Projects to implement or strengthen in San Antonio and the Fruitvale neighborhoods. They created a blueprint for each project, presented them to the NSC, and received feedback from the committee before deciding on the following Projects:
Primary Contact: Larissa Estes-White
In 2018, ALL IN welcomed the Interagency Children’s Policy Council (ICPC) under its umbrella. In this newly formed alliance, ALL IN continues to carry on ICPC’s core mission of working across County systems to improve outcomes in the health, safety, and success of our children. ALL IN collaborates with County agencies and stakeholders to improve outcomes for Alameda County’s low-income and vulnerable children, youth and their families by: 1) Promoting and providing a venue for communication and coordination between key partners and 2) Making recommendations on children and youth policy issues that span multiple systems and prioritizes preventative and front-end investments. In addition, ALL IN workgroups serve as a platform and incubator inclusive of multiple perspectives that ensure for a deliberate and broadly represented vetting process on complex, interagency issues that affect children, youth and families.
Primary Contact: Julie Hadnot
The Alameda County Pre to 5 Collaborative serves as an overarching advisory body and think tank to influence and guide efforts across the County that assure the health and well-being of pregnant women, children under the age of five, and their families. This collaborative effort focuses on advocating for promising strategies and investments that improve outcomes, align and integrate work, and inform County leadership on the importance of improving outcomes for Pre to 5-year olds.
The Interagency Fatherhood Work Group helps to monitor, guide, and institutionalize the work outlined in the Alameda County Fathers Corps (ACFC) expansion plan. This cross-agency work group provides guidance and ensures that the ACFC is meeting the needs of member agencies. The work group strives to institutionalize father-friendly policies and practice throughout Alameda County Public systems and community-based organizations.
Ending Youth Homelessness Collaborative. ALL IN convenes youth-serving organizations to engage in systems planning and coordination around youth homelessness. The group is focused on developing a county-wide plan to prevent and end youth homelessness, advocating for increased resources and infrastructure to serve youth in Alameda County at-risk of or experiencing homelessness, and ensuring youth have leadership opportunities and are seen as key experts and decision-makers about policies and programs that impact them.
Youth Action Board. ALL IN is leading a collaborative effort to develop and sustain a Youth Action Board (YAB) with the goal of cultivating youth voice and infusing that voice into policy and program planning in Alameda County to prevent and end youth homelessness. Through participation on the YAB, youth will be empowered to take the lead in voicing their support, concerns, ideas, and more. YAB members are youth with lived experience of homelessness or housing insecurity. The YAB has been named a subcommittee of the County's Continuum of Care Committee and YAB members have provided recommendations on key funding allocations for youth homelessness.
The San Antonio Family Resource Center (SAFRC) is a community-led multi-generational approach to increasing school readiness and empowering parents and is a key element of ALL IN's work to support community-led neighborhood transformation in the San Antonio neighborhood. The project is a partnership between ALL IN Alameda County, Lotus Bloom, Trybe, and EBAYC and is supported through First 5 Alameda County's Neighborhoods Ready for School grant initiative.
The Neighborhoods Ready for School (NRFS) initiative aims to strengthen the coordination of existing services and programs, increase access to early childhood programs, opportunities for economic development and family strengthening, and support infrastructure investments to enhance and create community assets like Family Resource Centers. The SARFRC aims to ensure families 0-5 in the San Antonio community have access to these essential experiences and resources, and are key leaders in the development and implementation of the programs and services offered, and drivers of change in the community. To achieve this aim, we are designing and implementing a number of key strategies, including:
At the SAFRC, families have access to early childhood programs, parent education and training programming, case management and family navigation services, and related resources such as food distribution and cooking demonstrations.
ALL IN Eats is an Alameda County initiative to build out a Circular Food Economy by engaging and collaborating with a group of people, organizations, and County agencies who are excited about a localized, virtuous circle that grows equity, wellness, sustainability, food security, community resilience, and economic empowerment. The ALL IN Eats Circular Food Economy incorporates five key components: Produce, Aggregate, Process, Distribute, and Recover. The initiative aligns many different County of Alameda goals, including ALL IN’s goal to end poverty, the County's Vision 2026 goals, and the Alameda Sheriff’s Office goal to scale its Community Capitals Policing model.
Primary Contact: Maryruth Belsey Priebe
Alameda County is adjacent to one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. More than half of the fruits and vegetables grown in the United States come from the Central Valley, which is less than an hour’s drive away. However, food insecurity and related economic and health challenges are prevalent in Alameda County, particularly in East and West Oakland, parts of Hayward, and unincorporated Ashland/Cherryland. Unemployment, crime, incarceration and parole rates, and chronic health issues are higher in these communities as well, perpetuating the cycle of poverty, poor health, and lack of economic opportunity.
ALL IN Eats is creating a farmer collaborative to address some of these problems. Leading the effort is Dig Deep Farms (DDF), a 7-acre urban, regenerative farm committed to providing living wage jobs to priority communities and stimulating regenerative and permaculture farming methods.
Central to our work are aggregation hubs like the DSAL Food Hub in San Leandro. Food hubs are designed to create jobs and connect the local community with seasonal, healthy, fresh food. This and future aggregation hubs benefit community health, and particularly the health of low-income residents by:
Food entrepreneurs are the backbone of the Circular Food Economy, and we are committed to supporting small business development. This has been especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic - The County has provided funding to contract with many small food businesses to help produce prepared meals for home-bound seniors, vulnerable patients, and families experiencing food insecurity as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. As we transition out of providing pandemic emergency food aid, we will be building upon these partnerships to begin producing medically-supportive meals as part of our Food As Medicine operation and also facilitating the use of CalFresh benefits for the purchase of produce and meals. Our goal is to build a pipeline of living-wage food systems jobs and small business opportunities, with entrepreneurship development, business incubation, and career pathway education and support for food hub employees. Many organizations within the community deliver this type of training and we’ll be providing information about these opportunities in the near future.
Primary Contact: Jasmin Castaneda
When we deliver healthy, sustainably-produced food to people within the community, we’re not only supporting sustainable farming jobs and local food businesses, we’re supporting the health of members of our community. We are committed to ensuring that all of the food distributed within this program meets requirements for nutrition and sustainable farming standards.
The ALL IN Eats Circular Food Economy comes full circle when we recover edible food for redistribution and encourage the composting of non-edible food waste. As such, we’re scaling up our Food Recovery Operation, which is focused on fighting hunger and meeting the County’s sustainability goals for reducing organic waste. We prevent food waste by rescuing fresh, edible surplus produce from farmer’s markets, schools, municipalities, and produce wholesalers and delivering this food to low-income families throughout Alameda County. In the final quarter of 2019, we recovered approximately 15,000 lbs of food, but since the Coronavirus outbreak, we’ve recovered anywhere between 45,000 and 85,000 lbs of food every three months which is being distributed to 22,000-36,000+ recipients each quarter. We will continue to scale our efforts to rescue even more of this food and distribute it to families in need.
Primary Contact: Teddy Bekele