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Our Action Plan

At the ALL IN for Thriving Communities Social Innovation Fair in February 2016, teams presented the following action plans:

  • What is the Issue? Medical providers and nutritionists know that good food promotes good health. As part of Food as Medicine, doctors will provide "food prescriptions" to hundreds of families that can be "filled" at local farmers' markets, community gardens, food pantries, or through bags of fresh produce delivered straight to their doorstep.
  • What is our Goal? Design a system for the delivery of food as medicine in Alameda County.
  • What are our Solutions? We are working with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland to develop a study on providing pre-diabetic Medi-Cal pediatric patients with “food prescriptions,” which will be filled by Dig Deep Farms and the Alameda County Community Food Bank. The ultimate goal is to build an on-site “farmacy” where patients can fill their “food prescriptions.” We are working to engage health providers, and match them with food distributors, health educators, nutritionists, and cooking instructors. The Alameda County Department of Public Health will provide culturally relevant cookbooks, and classes/demos for patients and their families. As we learn from this initial implementation, ALL IN is eager to scale the program county-wide.
  • Primary Contact: Melanie Moore, Email Melanie
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  • What is the Issue? Nearly 15% of people in Alameda County are food insecure (not knowing where one’s next meal is coming from). At the same time, food and food-soiled products make up nearly 35% of the county’s waste stream. In Alameda County, there is surplus food that can be re-directed to feeding people.
  • What is our Goal? Design a state-of-the-art food recovery sector.
  • What are our Solutions? Investing in infrastructure, resources, and capacity of existing and new efforts and organizations focused on food recovery and food loss reduction. The Food Recovery team launched three different pilot projects, one in Berkeley, Hayward, and Oakland.

    The Berkeley pilot is a collaboration that focuses on bringing farm fresh produce, eggs, dairy, and lean proteins to seniors who live in affordable housing. This pilot is housed at the Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA).

    The Hayward/Union City pilot, WE Run Food, focuses on connecting farmers and consumers via food recovery programs at local farms, farmers’ markets, and individual households.

    The Oakland-based project will focus on piloting a model for a food recovery service sector, and includes developing a food runner specialist curriculum, well paid jobs in the food recovery sector, and food handling standard operating procedures for schools and businesses to safely and easily donate prepared foods.
  • Primary Contact: Courtney Gonzales, Email Courtney
  • News and Updates: The Berkeley pilot program is seeking committed volunteers. Volunteers may help with transporting recovered food, sorting food for distribution, distributing recovered food, among other tasks. If you’d like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Hannah Plank, SAHA’s Volunteer Coordinator at hplank@sahahomes.org
  • What is the Issue? We know many people who are eligible for CalFresh, especially Medi-Cal patients, are not participating.
  • What is our Goal? Enroll 100% of families who are already enrolled in Medi-Cal into the CalFresh program.
  • What are our Solutions? Collaboration between the Social Services Agency and the Alameda County Community Food Bank will continue and expand, with the goal of enrolling thousands of families who are already enrolled in Medi-Cal into the CalFresh program as well. This increased enrollment would result in thousands of additional dollars coming in to our county from the federal government to be spent at local retail outlets and farmers’ markets. In addition to this ongoing outreach, our goal is to partner with local farms to deliver boxes of fresh produce (CSA boxes) to seniors who are eligible for CalFresh. We will also advocate for a streamlined CalFresh application.
  • Primary Contact: Allison Pratt, apratt@accfb.org
  • News and Updates: The Alameda County Social Services Agency and the Alameda County Community Food Bank have been hard at work developing innovative ways to increase CalFresh enrollment in our community. In October, Alameda County became the first county in the state of California to provide pre-filled CalFresh applications along with Medi-Cal renewal forms in an effort to streamline the process for receiving benefits: Press Release, Alameda County Partners Launch Technology to End Hunger
  • What is the Issue? There is a lack of incentives for landlords to take subsidies due to skyrocketing market rates.
  • What is our Goal? ? Increase landlord incentives by: 1) streamlining the process, 2) creating sustainable and flexible funding sources, and 3) providing training and workshops for getting and retaining housing.
  • What are our Solutions? We will formalize local landlord relationships and provide recognition and engagement for those who participate in voucher programs. We will also provide tenants with “one stop housing shops” to educate and assist the tenants with credit reports, the application process, interviews, and appeals. We will support both of our goals with community education and engagement to advocate for funding and increased affordable housing.

    In addition to educating and engaging landlords around housing subsidies, the ALL IN Affordable Housing team is working closely with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to educate residents on the housing bond. The Board sponsored housing bond will provide funds for homebuyer assistance, repairs to allow seniors and disabled people remain in their homes, and the building of additional affordable rental housing units across the county, and will go to the voters on the November 2016 ballot.
  • Primary Contact: Linda Gardner, Email Linda
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  • What is the Issue? Local entrepreneurs help boost the local economy by keeping money circulating in the community, yet many burgeoning entrepreneurs do not have enough support to sustain their businesses.
  • What is our Goal? Our goal is to develop an entrepreneurship/co-op curriculum in high schools through student clubs that results in students creating business plans they can use to launch a business or co-op and to create a comprehensive resource guide available for all local entrepreneurs in Alameda County.
  • What are our Solutions? Adapt existing curriculum to include entrepreneurship education, starting with a pilot at Island High School, one of the listening session grantees. In addition to the education pilot, ALL IN will work to update a county-wide resources guide with clear steps on how to launch a small business.
  • Primary Contact: Sarah Oddie, Email Sarah
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  • What is the Issue? The idea of "youth career pathways" goes beyond the notion of “jobs for youth,” and asks us to consider what job and educational opportunities will prepare young people for future careers that will enable them to prosper economically and grow in their contributions to their communities.
  • What is our Goal? Our goal is to provide 200 youth career pathway jobs.
  • What are our Solutions? One of our solutions is to develop a youth-centered smartphone app that provides real-time job postings, career building tools, and an effective referral service – a youth-focused LinkedIn. ALL IN is also collaborating with the City of Oakland's youth employment efforts and fact-finding on the best ways to serve system-involved youth with job readiness and placement.
  • Primary Contact: Vanessa Cedeño, Email Vanessa
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In addition to community based pilot efforts and systems of change within public agencies, ALL IN partners with advocacy groups to advance statewide legislation that will promote the well-being of low-income residents.

The Living Wage

  • What is the Issue? Minimum wage jobs, meant to reflect the lowest wage one could live on, no longer cover basic living expenses. Individual cities have had increases in recent years, but not enough to reach a living wage in Alameda County.
  • What is our Goal? Pass a statewide ballot measure to increase the minimum wage in California.
  • What are our Solutions? We will partner with current advocacy groups, such as SEIU, to publicize and fight for a higher minimum wage.
  • Primary Contact:Doug Jones, djones@seiu-uhw.org
  • News and Updates: Thanks to the hard work from our partners, the California legislature passed a minimum wage increase to $15/hr by 2022! Gov. Jerry Brown signed this act into law on Monday, April 4, 2016: http://kron4.com/2016/04/04/gov-brown-signs-bill-to-raise-californias-minimum-wage/
  • What is the Issue? $889 is not enough for SSI recipients (seniors, blind, disabled, and low-income individuals) to meet their basic food, clothing, and shelter needs.
  • What is our Goal? Achieve at least a $21 increase in SSI benefits.
  • What are our Solutions? We will partner with advocacy groups such as the Alameda County Community Food Bank to mobilize residents for petitions, meetings with legislators, and rallies in Sacramento.
  • Primary Contact: Shanti Prasad, sprasad@accfb.org
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  • What is the Issue? The waitlist for early childcare resources has an estimated 10,000 children on it, and a lack of funding prevents access for low-income families to.
  • What is our Goal? Request additional revenue for these programs either through the state budget or a ballot initiative.
  • What are our Solutions? We will work with early childcare agencies to convene key stakeholders.
  • Primary Contact: Ellen Dektar, Email Ellen
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Important Documents

2016 ALL IN Community Listening Sessions Mini-Grant Awardees

Newsletters

Reports

Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

ALL IN Meeting Minutes