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 19.0% 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.
To demonstrate this further, 30% of Alameda County residents fall under the Real Cost Measure, a tool created by United Way to estimate the income required to meet basic needs for a household in a given community. According to the RCM, a family of four in Alameda County needs a minimum of $105, 983 to meet those needs.
ALL IN Alameda County is a county-wide, multi-sector effort under the County Administrator’s Office focused on addressing the issues of poverty through collaboration and innovation. ALL IN actively collaborates with Community Members and Leaders, County Agencies, Industry and Sectors, and Community Based Organizations on issues such as food insecurity, community engagement and empowerment, workforce and economic development, school readiness, and ensuring children, youth, and families have adequate supports for equitable and sustained health and wellbeing.
ALL IN’s purpose is to eradicate poverty by promoting economic mobility and self-sufficiency among low-income populations.
ALL IN works within the guardrails of an accountability framework and the involvement of community stakeholders and County agency staff to create conditions within Alameda County that
ALL IN is currently addressing these goals through several initiatives: Food As Medicine, Food Recovery, Healthy Food Champions, and Neighborhoods Ready for Schools. These strategies leverage a neighborhood level approach to improve community wellbeing. In the coming years, it will also be supporting the programmatic efforts of ACGOV’s Enhancing Vision 2026 Fund to address the needs of children, youth, and families. ALL IN collaborate with fund recipients to ensure cumulative impact and identifying opportunities to encourage collaboration across the county.
The Healthy Food Healthy Families (HFHF) initiative seeks to reduce health inequities by making healthy food options more readily available in targeted communities. HFHF is currently working with community clinics, schools, and recreational centers and supporting the expansion of healthy retail in neighborhoods. Our healthcare strategies work seeks to connect patients at risk for chronic diseases with healthy foods and fresh produce through “prescriptions” that act as a preventative health measure. Our neighborhood strategies work seeks to develop community leaders to identify the best and most appropriate ways for individual communities to eat healthy. Running parallel to this initiative is our food recovery initiative, which seeks to promote workforce development and reduce food waste in schools and local farms by linking food producers with affordable housing sites. Throughout these work areas, HFHF is looking for models that can leverage resources to shift the local multibillion-dollar food economy towards promoting job creation and food equity.