Join us May 3rd 2016!!


Come out to the city council meeting and voice your support!! OFPC is among the many endorsers.

Oakland Sugar Sweetened Beverage Distributor Tax to be voted on at May 3 City Council Meeting, 6:30pm 


On May 3rd, the Oakland City Council will vote to place a sugar sweetened beverages distributor tax on the November ballot, to discourage the consumption of sugary drinks, and to raise funds for programs that counteract the poor health impacts caused by overconsumption of sugar.  While there is strong City Council support for this measure, we anticipate industry opposition, and the council needs to hear from the Oakland Community. 


Tell the Council to let the people decide and to place this important tax measure on the ballot.  Let’s put children’s health in front of corporate profits. 

What: Oakland City Council Vote on Oakland Sugar Sweetened Beverage Distributor Tax, meeting details, Agenda item #12

When: May 3rd, 2016, 6:30PM


Where: Oakland City Hall, Frank Ogawa Plaza, City Council Chamber, 3rd Floor


Over half of all Alameda County residents are now pre-diabetic, or diabetic, according to a new University of California Los Angeles study. And one in two Latino and Black children born since 2000 are projected to develop diabetes.  We can’t let that happen!  Soda and other sugary drinks are the number one source of added sugar in the American diet and are linked to the risk of diabetes and other diseases like heart and liver disease, obesity and tooth decay. 


OFPC encourages you to join the Coalition for Healthy Oakland Children – a broad group of public health professionals, elected officials, parents, faith and community leaders and residents coming together to pass a once cent per ounce excise tax on the distributors of sugar sweetened beverages.  We need your voice!! 


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Food Warrior Challenge


In celebration of unique collaboration, personal friends and Organizational Partners, Kelly Carlisle of Acta Non Verba Urban Youth FarmEsperanza Pallana of Oakland Food Policy Council and Sabrina Wu of HOPE Collaborative make ‪#‎FoodJusticeMovement‬ are challenging the notion of competitive fundraising that is endemic to the nonprofit industrial complex by engaging in ridiculous feats of collaborative fundraising.
We have joined forces to bring you The Food Warrior Challenge!
The way it works: You have until December 10th 2015 to challenge one or all of the Directors (Esperanza Pallana, Kelly Carlisle, or Sabrina Wu) in a feat of physical strength, stamina, agility…or goofiness. You pledge for your challenge. That’s right. Go to the site, click the “donate” button and under “purpose”, write the feat you challenge one or all of us to and pledge an amount to see us accomplish it!
Directions: Go to the website and click on the “donate” button, state your challenge in the “purpose” box and pledge.
Examples of challenges have been: $15/mile for Esperanza to run a half marathon; $25 for Sabrina to video herself whaling in HOPE’s Healthy Corner Stores; and $25 for Kelly to write to First Lady Michelle Obama and invite her to Acta Non Verba.
We are ready. Let the games begin!
You can also follow our activity on Facebook, instagram (@foodwarriorsoakland) and Twitter (use #foodwarriorchallenge)!
We will hold a finale gathering on December 12th 2015. Details to follow.

Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference 2015


The Black Urban Growers (BUGS) Conference will take place this weekend, from Thursday, Oct. 15, to Sunday, Oct. 18, at Laney College. The price of the conference ranges from $15 to attend the Saturday Mixer to $200, which includes all workshops, the Black and Brown Convening, urban and rural farm tours, the Saturday Mixer and more. Register now!

You will find OFPC presenting at the Friday, October 16th 2015, 1:00PM-2:30PM, Food Policy Panel.

Laney College, 900 Fallon St, Room A-140, Oakland

You will also find us on Saturday, October 17th 2:00PM-3:30PM, Food Justice Challenging Systems and Policies:

Panelists: Kad Smith, Laneisha Whitfield, Esperanza Pallana, and Andrew Baskin

Location: Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Room: B253, Oakland