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Alameda Co. Community Food Bank: The Big Picture

Welcome to the Alameda County Community Food Bank's blog on Patch!

Welcome to the Alameda County Community Food Bank’s blog on Patch!

You’ve probably heard of us. We serve 1 in 6 residents of Alameda County, and this year, we’ll host 12,000 volunteers. Many thousands of others will contribute money, food or time to help us meet rising need for food in our neighborhoods.

But you may not know about the other work we do – empowering clients with nutrition and cooking skills to ensuring our legislators think of people who are hungry when they write their budgets and policies.

We call this video “The Big Picture” – our attempt to fit everything we do to alleviate hunger and its root causes into about three minutes. Check it out and see what you learn about our work!

But there are thousands of other stories to tell –and they’re happening every day, in every corner of our county – from Berkeley to Fremont, Oakland to Livermore.

As we say here, “Community is our middle name.” We hope to share more about community – from the volunteers who keep us humming, to the vulnerable children, seniors and working families whose needs are our top priority.

Use the comments section to tell us what you’d like to hear about from your local Food Bank! And tell us what you’re doing to help support our work – we’d love to share.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Timothy Swenson April 24, 2012 at 06:32 PM
The blog says that the video is "our attempt to fit everything we do to alleviate hunger and its root causes into about three minutes", but I saw nothing that addressed the root causes of hunger. It would be interesting to see what the food bank sees as the root causes and how they are addressing them.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Thanks for your comment, Timothy! I agree with you- would be cool to know.
Alameda County Community Food Bank April 25, 2012 at 04:55 PM
You're right! Thanks for the comments. We've got a post in the works that might speak more to the root causes of hunger -- because there's a simple answer (not enough money to purchase food), and a lot of more complex ones.

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