From Farm to Tables

farms to tables

Zorawar, Rich and Louis help get millions of pounds of food onto our community's tables


How our team transforms truckloads of food into groceries for our community

Nearly 600,000 meals worth of food will leave our warehouse this week. Over the next year, 34 million pounds will come through our facility. This only happens thanks to the brilliance of our Operations Team which is hard at work well before most people are even awake. It’s a complicated web of receiving, inventory, shipping – and our team’s one of the best in the business. Meet some of the team that, literally, gets the food from the farms to tables.

Louis Sweet
Shipping and Receiving Coordinator
Q: What does an average day look like for you?
A: All the food that comes through the doors, I receive it. That means putting everything coming in on the chart board, printing out all the labels, and checking that all our paperwork matches what truck drivers actually have on the trucks.

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A: When it gets really crowded on the floor, you just have to stay focused on what needs to get received. I slow down to avoid making mistakes, and make sure we know everything we’re getting.

Zorawar Singh Bains
Warehouse Associate
Q: How do you start your morning?
A: I pick up my pull sheets and start pulling orders for our agencies from our shelves. I also help in our volunteer area, or in receiving.

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your work?
A: Finding spots to store all our inventory! It’s not too hard though – other people on the team will help find space.

Q: How do you support others?
A: We have to work as a team – everybody is going to need help at some point. We’re like a family, if one person has too much to do, our whole work can slow down, so we have to help.

Rich Ferreira
Truck Driver/Warehouse Associate
Q: Describe the Food Bank in three words.
A: Progressive. Intuitive. Efficient.

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A: The traffic. A lot of times it feels like Los Angeles. There are really only so many routes you can take, and you have to know the back routes – which I do!

Q: Why do you believe in the Food Bank’s mission?
A: Wherever I go in the country, I’m proud to say Oakland is my hometown. I came to work at the Food Bank to support my hometown, and to give back to the place where I was born and raised.

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