In response to the growing need as a result of COVID-10, California Waste Solutions will provide the East Oakland Senior Center’s food giveaway with critical protein items over the next three months.
“As our community struggles with the continued impacts of COVID-19, our collective work is more important than ever before,” said David Duong, CEO of California Waste Solutions. “Access to nutritious food is essential and I am grateful for the work of the East Oakland Senior Center to support those most vulnerable during this crisis.”
In partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the East Oakland Senior Center has scaled up to meet the growing community demand for food and basic necessities.
Before COVID-19, the center served 200 seniors and families weekly; now, 500 seniors and families from throughout the city are provided with fresh produce, beans, rice, canned food, milk, and other essential items. California’s Waste Solutions’ financial support will allow the Center to purchase protein items such as fish, poultry, and eggs all of which are critical for overall health and development.
“We’re extremely grateful to California Waste Solutions for stepping up to help East Oakland Senior Center nourish our neighbors with critical protein items during this time of need,” said Michael Altfest, Alameda County’s Community Food Bank Director of Communication & Marketing. “When the COVID-19 emergency took hold, we experienced a 1,000% increase in calls to our emergency food helpline – more than half of which were from households that had never reached out for help before. The communities impacted hardest by this emergency are those we’re already serving, including vulnerable seniors who depend on our groceries to stay healthy.”
“East Oakland is underrepresented and underserved,” said Fred Robinson, Food Coordinator for the East Oakland Senior Center. “California Waste Solutions has given our seniors and families hope with this critical donation by showing compassion during this unparalleled crisis.”
The East Oakland Senior Center hosts its weekly food giveaway every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Director Lilian Uwuseba at [email protected]