Alameda County Community Food Bank exists for one reason: to achieve a hunger-free community.
To truly achieve a hunger-free community, we must go beyond only providing food for today and seek long-term solutions to eradicate hunger at its roots. This is why, for more than 20 years, the Food Bank has firmly engrained legislative advocacy in our mission and day-to-day work. What you are reading now is our boldest and most inclusive Policy Agenda ever.
We seek to end hunger by asking three questions:
Why do hunger and poverty exist? They exist because of systems of oppression — racism, sexism, heteropatriarchy, ageism, ableism — which concentrate power and resources and create the inequities at hunger and poverty’s roots.
How can hunger be eradicated? Hunger can only be truly eradicated by equitable distribution of power and resources.
The role of a food bank in this effort? To truly achieve a hunger-free community, we must uplift community power to hold our government accountable for breaking up the concentration of power and resources.
Our 2022 policy proposals seek meaningful legislation at all levels of government. Furthermore, they were democratically sourced and reflect a broad range of priorities identified by community members, our partner organizations, and our coalitions. As such, this robust agenda acknowledges that the roots of hunger run deep and entangle a range of inseparable issues — essential nutrition programs, housing, immigrant inclusion in the safety net, democracy, tax policy, and more — which create barriers to meeting basic needs. The foundation of this agenda is the tearing down of these barriers.
We will be fighting for these policies all year and the movement is most powerful with you in it. Sign up for Advocacy Action Alerts or contact email@example.com for more information. We also invite you to reach out with your questions about our policy priorities.