Food as a human right, Earth Day at ACCFB, a seasonal quesadilla recipe & more!

Truffle Shuffle at ACCFB

Truffle Shuffle volunteering in the Community Engagement Center at ACCFB

Jason McKinney (pictured above, far left) is the founder of Truffle Shuffle, an Oakland-based business that connects people across the U.S. through food.

This essay by Jason reflects on his journey from facing food insecurity growing up to how the Truffle Shuffle team, today, rallies together to make a difference in the lives of the people in our community and beyond.

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Earth Day is Every Day at ACCFB

As Earth Day rolls around we want to celebrate and motivate our community’s drive to build a more sustainable future. Climate change and ecological injustices disproportionately affect people of color and people who face food insecurity. We have a responsibility to address our environmental impact and work to mitigate the harms our operations cause.
In addition to ACCFB’s investment in solar panels for our warehouse and adding hybrid trucks to our fleet, our Sustainability Committee has also worked with teams across the organization to:

  • Compost 90% of our bad produce or donate it to a hog farm near Salinas
  • Switch to 100% recycled printer paper
  • Reduce single-use glove waste by over 75%
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Beyond Food

Anti-hunger work is human rights work. To do this work, we must take a broad view of our mission and address the root causes of hunger. Uprooting the systemic causes of hunger and planting new systems that are democratic, equitable, and inclusive is core to ACCFB’s mission as is distributing nutritious groceries.

In the latest blog from our Policy team, read how our legislative priorities are centered around removing the barriers that prevent equitable access to food as a human right.

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April is...National Volunteer Month! Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Thank you!

Recipe: Squash Flower Quesadillas

The return of Spring every year brings longer days, more sun and perhaps our favorite- fresh blooms and flowers. Flowers are not just beautiful additions to our scenery, but also our plates! Did you know broccoli, cauliflower, artichokes, and figs are all technically edible flowers, but are often thought of as vegetables or fruits? This spring, try exploring the world of edible flowers with our Nutrition Team’s favorite recipe for squash flower quesadillas or quesadillas de flor de calabaza.

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Squash Flower Quesadillas

Ramadan Mubarak

Alameda County is home to a large Muslim community and in preparation for Ramadan, we were able to source wheat pita bread and Medjool dates from our partners at Saba Grocers Initiative.

This year, Ramadan is forecasted to begin the evening of April 1st and go through May 1st. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a holy month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. Ramadan Kareem!

medjool dates
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