The results of the November 8 election have left many people feeling uncertain. On behalf of our entire Alameda County Community Food Bank community - especially the 311,000 neighbors who need and use our services - we are recommitted to fight for what we believe:
- Food is a basic human right.
- Every child, adult and senior should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and live vibrant, productive lives - and good nutrition is essential to success.
- Our community and economy must be inclusive of everyone, regardless of race, gender, ability, how they worship, or who they love, and everyone should have a path to economic prosperity.
We at Alameda County Community Food Bank need your help, today, tomorrow and in the future. Your commitment - including your voice and enthusiasm - energizes our staff, board, agency partners and all who support us as we passionately pursue a hunger-free community.
Hunger is a nonpartisan issue. Alameda County Community Food Bank has and will always be committed to working with all elected officials to ensure that nutrition and other safety-net programs remain accessible and meet the needs of those who benefit from them.
The engagement of the entire community is critical, as we saw in the many positive statewide and local election results. Alameda County voters overwhelmingly approved a significant investment in affordable housing by passing Measure 1A; Oakland, San Francisco and Albany approved taxes on sugar sweetened beverages that will fund efforts to address diet-related diseases; and California voters supported measures that will fund education and healthcare. Each of these will have a positive impact on the community we serve.
California policy makers have stated that they will defend California's progress and people, and we are eager to support their efforts. We hope that you will continue to be part of our advocacy on behalf of a well-nourished and prosperous Alameda County.
The first step toward making our community a better place is to nourish our children's, adults' and seniors' bodies and minds. Sign up for advocacy alerts for opportunities to stay engaged, and help us help others.
Plan to join the Speak Up Project in 2017.
Join us for Hunger Action Day on May 24, 2017.
You can also email our Senior Policy Advocate Shanti Prasad (email@example.com) or call (510.635.3663, x307) to learn how to engage more deeply. We will be happy to speak with you.
Please forward this message to your friends and family so that we can strengthen our efforts and our community.
In power together,
The Policy and Partnerships Team, on behalf of the entire Alameda County Community Food Bank