Increasing food security and accessibility in West Oakland!

Increasing food security and accessibility in West Oakland!

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Jacky Wong started this petition to Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf

To Whom It May Concern,

As students of the University of California, Berkeley, we are writing you today to address the public crisis that is redlining in West Oakland. This is a critical matter, as there is a significant lack of affordable nutritious foods and grocery stores in the area. As a result, citizens of the community have experienced a decline in their health and their overall well-being. Considering the fact that they do not have this access, their health insurance rates are significantly higher than the average American. This is an exorbitant cost that affects the most vulnerable of the Oakland population.


As you know, The Breakfast Program has been utilized in West Oakland, which has thus far been a significant factor in feeding children at the brink of starvation. However, as citizens of the Bay Area, we believe there is more that can be done. For example, we see merit in subsidizing a permanent grocery store supplied by local farmers as well as an accessible community-organized soup kitchen in the West Oakland area. We see this as a crucial step in involving the community in the process of eliminating hunger and poor nutrition in the region. Furthermore, we present the idea of offering the Oakland minimum wage or a stipend to community volunteers to incentivize engagement and generate employment.


We call upon our public sector leaders, such as yourself, to work with us to address this crisis in a timely manner. The current trend of homelessness and lack of affordable, nutritious food in the Bay Area is one that Oakland can be a champion in reshaping. As students of the University of California, Berkeley, we aim to advocate for the most vulnerable across the Bay Area, in a collective effort to improve the lives of our fellow community members. Integral to this process is the commitment from you to respond to our sincere requests above with your own comments and concerns.

Sincerely,
Public Health 101, Spring ‘19 Class

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