A report on hunger by the Williams Institute, found that more than one in four LGBTQ adults could not afford to feed themselves or their families at least once in the past year. By comparison, only one in six heterosexual adults reported a similar crisis.
Certain subgroups in the LGBTQ community are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, including minorities, women, the unmarried, bisexuals, those without college degrees, younger people and those who have children in the home. (It is believed that transgender people also go hungry, but data on this group is lacking.) Experts say LGBTQ teenagers, who are not covered in this report, are also at risk of going without food, especially if they are homeless. We have experienced this need first hand here in Oakland every day.
HOW DOes IT WORK?
We are committed to offering access to our food pantry for individuals who are without food, in a dignified manner. All one has to do is sign in at our front desk and they are allowed access to our drop-in café where our pantry is located. We only ask that individuals consider others when taking food from the pantry. Taking others into consideration will allow us to help more people. We do not have a large pantry that allows larger amounts of food to be taken, although we do make exceptions for families.
How can I help?
1. You can help by purchasing food items similar to those shown in the pictures on this page or joining our pantry donor club.
2. Schedule a time to drop off the items with our admin staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 510-882-2286 between 1pm-7pm.
3. We do not except donations of food that needs refrigeration or loaves of bread. Non-perishable items are preferred and food with a longer shelf life.
We also have volunteer opportunities for people to pick up food on our behalf from the larger food pantries. Pick-ups are usually early in the morning at around 8:00am. If this works for you, please contact our volunteer recruitment partner TurnOut.org.