By 2020, we will end food insecurity in Alameda County by ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious food and knows where their next meal is coming from. This will require a prolonged and sustained effort.
Last January, on the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan launched a New War on Poverty. A multi-year initiative, ALL IN - ALAMEDA COUNTY currently focuses on Food Security, Economic Empowerment and Early Childhood Education.
One year after declaring a New War on Poverty, ALL IN – ALAMEDA COUNTY is launching a campaign titled "ALL IN TO END HUNGER" to eliminate food insecurity in Alameda County by 2020.
Food insecurity in Alameda County continues to worsen. One in six Alameda County residents missed at least one meal this past week, and one in five seeks services at Alameda County Community Food Bank. The most vulnerable populations include children, seniors and immigrants.
ALL IN TO END HUNGER 2020 recognizes the resilience of many Alameda County residents who struggle to make ends meet while putting food on the table. For this reason, we will continue to advocate that Food is a Human Right and also maintain a focus on equity and economic empowerment through all of our work.
ALL IN TO END HUNGER 2020 represents a diverse group of organizations and individuals working in pursuit of a hunger-free Alameda County. Hunger does not exist in isolation, but occurs within the context of economic inequity. We cannot stop the cycle of poverty that leads to hunger with food alone. The root causes of hunger are inefficiencies in the food system and structural inequities from an economic system that leaves many behind.
Community engagement and inclusivity are central to building the movement to end hunger. Together, we have extensive knowledge of our food system, including the policies and structures that impact food production, consumption and waste. We are eager to engage additional stakeholders – especially business, government and community – as leaders in creating and implementing specific strategies and tactics.
We are determined to involve active and collaborative partners as we develop collective power and design policy and practices to achieve equity and food security for all.
ALL IN TO END HUNGER 2020 will include innovative public policy and community-based approaches to achieve our goal of eliminating food insecurity in Alameda County by 2020. Our long-term goal for ALL IN is to ensure that all residents have the power and means to access the food and economic resources they need to be financially self-sufficient.