Our research team illuminates the root causes of hunger and its far-reaching effects on our community.

Our community members are the center of our mission. We commit ourselves to pursuing long-term solutions to the root causes of hunger in our community, for the benefit of all, by using collaborative research to drive action. We believe that with the necessary action and political will, this vision is possible.

If we dare to end hunger, we need to know how the community is changing and how hunger is changing. Through our research, we explore both the assets and disparities in our communities and how they impact hunger. And we aim to use this knowledge for action, and to disrupt the cycles of poverty and food insecurity that impact health and well-being.

Our research team collaborates with community members, grassroots organizations, schools, healthcare providers and universities to identify promising solutions and strategies that support healthier families today, and healthier communities tomorrow.

Current Research Projects

  • In partnership with UCSF, our FAITH-DM Clinical Intervention Trial explores the impact of medically-tailored food, nutrition support and healthcare access for food bank clients with poorly controlled diabetes.
  • We are working with Oakland Children’s Hospital to deliver fresh food to families and children who are at risk of developing a chronic illness like diabetes or heart disease.

  • By collaborating with agencies to collect meaningful feedback, our Pathways for Community Voices project empowers community members to be better represented and more involved at our partner agencies.

Hunger: Alameda County Uncovered

Read our most recent hunger study in collaboration with Feeding America.

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Supporting our neighbors during the government shutdown

UPDATED: February 7, 2019 While we’re relieved to hear the government is temporarily re-opened, we expect there will be lasting effects from the shutdown on our community as employees work to recover. This critical situation