New Kitchen at APC

Dennis Evanosky Alameda Food Bank’s warehouse and inventory coordinator Peter Onderwater looks on as Food Shift founder and director Dana Frasz examines some sweet potatoes at the food bank. Food Shift hopes to team up with the food bank and Alameda Point Collaborative to establish a kitchen at the collaborative.

Dennis Evanosky

If Food Shift founder and director Dana Frasz and Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) Executive Director Doug Biggs get their wish, the families who live at APC will have one more resource to help them overcome some of the challenges they face.

These challenges include the isolation at Alameda Point and the inconvenience of having no supermarket nearby. Frasz and Biggs hope to help provide APC residents a kitchen that will help provide a solution to this problem.

APC already works closely with the Alameda Food Bank. Typically, items the food bank distributes are either durable produce, such as onions, oranges and potatoes, or they are past their expiration and must be consumed immediately to avoid spoilage.

The new kitchen would use food that is usually wasted, feed people who sometimes go hungry and create jobs where only 10-15 percent of the population is employed. Alameda Food Bank’s warehouse and inventory coordinator Peter Onderwater showed Frasz a sampling of some sweet potatoes, carrots, cheese and bread that could go to waste.

Frasz envisions "shifting" those goods across the street to APC and turning them into nutritious food for APC residents. People who live at the collaborative want to get back to work, and the kitchen will provide not only nutritious meals, but hands-on-experience and training to put them back to work.

Frasz says that planning and fundraising will go on until early next year. If all goes well Food Shift and APC hope to hire personnel to run the program. They will also team up with members of the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team to develop and revenue model and do market research.

APC and Food Shift hope to launch the kitchen next April. This can only be accomplished if they meet their $300,000 goal and that’s where Alameda Sun readers come in. Frasz and Biggs ask that they visit www.foodshift.net and click on the "donate" button on the far right side of web page. If you’d rather send a check, make it payable to Earth Island Institute and include Food Shift in the memo line. Mail checks to Food Shift c/o Earth Island Institute, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704.