"Share First Oakland exists to take direct and positive action in response to the growing problem of food insecurity in Oakland and its surrounding East Bay communities. Working both independently and in cooperation with trusted direct service providers, we put high-quality, nutritious food onto the tables of Oakland’s most vulnerable populations—the homeless, low-income seniors, people in life recovery, at-risk women and children, people suffering from AIDS, and families in severe economic stress."
Hi, I'm Webb Mealy, and I'm Executive Director of Share First Oakland, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in Oakland. The great majority of what we do is really simple to explain. We locate donors of good nutritious food, and we make sure that food makes its way to the people who are the most in danger of going hungry in Oakland. The folks we serve include seniors on very low fixed incomes, undocumented folks in East Oakland, families recovering from crises--including women and children fleeing from domestic abuse, people in life recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism, the homeless, and those whose resources simply don't stretch to cover their continuously increasing expenses. Our main current donors of food are Whole Foods Market Oakland, the Saturday Grand Lake Farmer's Market, R&K Foods, San Leandro, and the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Some of what we get from these donors is passed straight on to reliable direct service partners like Food Not Bombs, Catholic Worker House, and the Garden Street Women’s and Children’s Shelter. But our volunteer teams also do our own direct service activities, such as cooking and serving meals in parks on a weekly basis, and doing free distributions of fresh grocery items to the public three days a week in low income neighborhoods.
This is our work, and it's simple and straight to the point. They say that there is enough food to go around in this world, but the root problem behind hunger is mal-distribution of resources. Share First Oakland puts food into the hands of the people in Oakland who are least able to benefit in the mal-distribution economy.
If you feel inspired to help us, we'd love to have your financial support. If you'd like to volunteer with us, we'd love to hear from you.
Corporate and Contact Information:
Share First Oakland, Incorporated
5921 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609-1434
J. Webb Mealy, Executive Director
(510) 768-7924 desk
Members of the Board of Directors:
J. Webb Mealy
Victor Lee Lewis
Rev. Lynice Pinkard