Circular Food Economy
ALL IN Eats of Alameda County
A healthy, nourished Alameda County that benefits from a local, sovereign food economy.
To provide Alameda County residents with healthy, affordable food that is sourced from local farms, recovered food, and small food vendors, led by a County/Community collaboration, and delivered through health care settings, home deliveries, community organizations, and food hubs to promote equity and sustainability within a self-regenerating, circular food system.
What is Circular Food Economy
A Circular Food Economy grows nourishing food, designs out waste and pollution, regenerates natural ecosystems, keeps economics local, and prioritizes equity. The Alameda County Circular Food Economy engages people, organizations, and County agencies in a virtuous cycle that feeds into the wellness, sustainability, food security, community resilience, and economic empowerment of Alameda County.
Using sustainable farming methods to grow healthy food – including food for Food As Medicine prescriptions – that nourishes the planet and climate change goals.
Bring together all aspects of the food system – farm produce, recovered food, prepared meals – for organization into food bundles for the food insecure.
Food entrepreneur incubation and support for local vendors to create prepared meals and lightly processed produce (sliced/diced for institutional buyers).
Pick-up of produce, recovered food, and prepared foods for transport to the Food Hub, and then delivery of all foods to Food As Medicine recipients and families within the community.
Redirecting edible food to those who are food insecure and composting inedible food on local farms for reintegration into the land.
In 2014, on the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan launched a New War on Poverty in Alameda County. To date, this initiative has tackled a variety of issues ranging from employment to healthcare, plus housing and services for seniors and people with disabilities.
Food insecurity has also been a central issue, and one that has been addressed through the cooperative efforts of ALL IN Alameda County and the Deputy Sheriff’s Activities League (DSAL). This initiative aligns ALL IN’s goal to end poverty, the County’s Vision 2026 goals, and the Alameda Sheriff’s Office goal to scale its Community Capitals Policing model.
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