United for Success Academy, a public middle school in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, hosted a Thanksgiving food distribution Wednesday, Nov. 18, put on by Safe Passages and sponsored by the City of Oakland Community Action Partnership Agency.
Last week’s food distribution was part of a larger outreach effort to serve over 1,200 families and 5,000 people at 10 school sites with Thanksgiving dinner food items and information about how to enroll in public benefits programs including, CalFresh, CalWorks and Medi-Cal.
Other sponsoring partners in the initiative included, the Alameda County Food Bank, the Alameda County Social Services Agency and Trader Joes.
The Nov. 18 event was attended by over 100 family members and staff. Councilmember Noel Gallo and Estelle Clemens of the Alameda County – Oakland Community Action Partnership.
Maria Ester Miguel Jimenez, mother of three, including a son in 8th grade at United for Success, said, “This is great help for families with few resources. In this school, there are many people who have several jobs that do not pay well. We struggle to feed our families and to give our children what they need and deserve.”
According to Nicole A. Pierce-Davis, school principal, “This event is about building community. We are here to support our families so that our children can thrive.”
United for Success Academy is located at 2101 35th Ave., serving 440 middle students in grades 6 to 8. Forty-five percent of the students are English Language Learners, and 96 percent participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program.
Safe Passages is a non-profit organization operating in Alameda County for over 20 years. The group’s mission is to disrupt the cycle of poverty by engaging youth and families to build and drive a continuum of services that supports student success and community development.
Safe Passages currently serves over 4,000 children and families in 21 school communities in three school districts in Alameda County, with 15 schools located in Oakland.
For more information about the event, contact Alicia Perez at [email protected],