Advocacy is one of the key components in the Food Bank’s long-term approach to alleviating hunger. Our innovative Advocacy Team – which consists of Food Bank staff and a passionate corps of volunteers – promotes change in legislative policy to benefit low-income residents. We provide a voice for hundreds of thousands of Alameda County residents who face food insecurity. That voice is heard in city halls, county government, Sacramento and in Washington, D.C.
Among our priorities in 2013:
Click here to read our full policy agenda. [PDF]
- Monitoring implementation of changes to the CalFresh program brought on by new legislation;
- Fighting for local, state and federal budgets that are not balanced on the backs of poor communities;
- Protecting and growing the nutrition safety-net
We won’t be able to do it without you. Please sign up for our advocacy alerts so that you may receive the latest news on important anti-hunger issues, and take action when necessary.
We have several special projects for volunteers with special skills and passion for our work ending hunger in our community. To sign up, or for more information, contact Cat Burton at 510-635-3663 ext. 307 or via email.
- Hunger Study: We are one of hundreds of food banks surveying their clients, but one of just a few who create an in-depth report of the results and policy priorities. The report will be a tool for policymakers and will inform our daily work. Volunteers who are available to give one half day per week will visit food distribution sites to conduct client surveys as part of our Hunger Study 2014 data collection. Willingness to travel throughout the county is preferred. We especially need bilingual volunteers in Spanish and Chinese dialects. (April - August)
- Summer Lunch at Oakland libraries: When school is out, families may struggle to provide lunches their children normally get in school. You can help us bridge that gap. For two hours midday, at least three times over the summer, volunteers are needed to help distribute Free Summer Lunch to children at Oakland Public Library branches. (June - August)
- Hunger Action Day: Join hundreds of other advocates in Sacramento to educate our lawmakers on hunger. Transportation and lunch are provided. (May 22)
For more information about any of the Food Bank’s anti-hunger work, email advocate[at]accfb.org
or call (510) 635-3663 ext. 307.
What else can you do to make your voice heard?
The Alameda County Community Food Bank works with statewide and national anti-hunger organizations to support legislation addressing widespread food insecurity. We serve as a voice for hundreds of thousands of people in Alameda County.
Volunteers are the heart of our advocacy efforts. There is strength in numbers ... together we can make a difference!
- Put yourself on the radar: To learn more about the Food Bank’s grassroots anti-hunger advocacy team, Community Advocates Against Hunger (CAAH), or to make your voice heard in advocacy venues, email advocate[at]accfb.org.
- Read Hunger Advocacy News: Read our quarterly updates on hunger and poverty issues -- including actions you can take online.
- Educate yourself!
- Contact your legislators:
- Make your voice heard on Hunger Action Day:
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