Feeding Opportunities on Demand (F.O.O.D) is a non-profit community program that is committed to helping the unhoused/unsheltered and anyone experiencing food insecurity in the East Bay. We provide hot, nutritious meals and pride ourselves in meeting people where they are, regardless of race, religion, gender/gender identity or disability.
In Alameda County, more than 203,000 people are food insecure—a rate of 12.2 percent—and in 2019, over 8,000 residents were counted as homeless. According to the SF Chronicle, there has been a 47% increase in the number of homeless residents in Oakland from 2017 to 2019. Furthermore, nearly half of Alameda County’s homeless population lives in Oakland. As housing prices continue to soar, more and more families are priced out of their homes, and those who are already without shelter have few or no options for affordable housing. Oakland and other cities struggle to find and implement policies to house those who are displaced, and often those efforts result in temporary fixes rather than permanent solutions.
To us, serving the needs of homeless families and individuals means providing hot meals on site and facilitating connections to help homeless people find permanent housing, employment, medical and mental health services. Food is the ultimate human right and we aim to bring healthy, homemade meals to every person experiencing food hardships in Oakland and beyond. Serving people in an atmosphere of acceptance, love and respect.
F.O.O.D. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that partners with various local community groups and faith-based organizations. Some highlighted F.O.O.D. partners include the Lava Mae Pop Up Care Village, Elmhurst Presbyterian Church, Oakland LGBTQ Center, Cal-Pep, Oakland, Roots Community Health Center, Oakland and Arsola’s Food Rescue in Oakland. Our strategic business partnerships are vital, because they have helped us grow our network and work alongside organizations with similar missions and values. They have also helped us increase our client base and feed more members of the community. Together we have been able to serve thousands of additional meals.