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What Do We Know About Oakland’s Food System?

The Oakland food system does not currently serve all of Oakland’s neighborhoods equally well. The Oakland Food System Assessment carefully examined the Oakland food system, and came up with these findings:

30 Percent of food consumed in Oakland that we hope to source from within the City and the immediate region
20 Millions of of acres in agricultural production within 300 miles of Oakland
16 Billions of dollars in annual sales of food produced on lands within 300 miles of Oakland
35 Number of community gardens in Oakland
4,000 Number of people employed in Oakland’s food processing and distribution industries
85 Percent of Oakland food retails stores smaller than 3,000 square feet
9 Number of farmers’ markets in Oakland
20 Percent of Oakland residents living at or below the poverty level (2004)
20 Percent of Oakland households without motor vehicles
23 Percent of Oakland’s eligible population that is actually enrolled in the food stamp program
54 Millions of dollars of unclaimed federal food benefits in Oakland (2003)
90 Percent of Oakland’s eligible population that is enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children program
25 Percent of Oakland’s eligible schoolchildren using the School Breakfast Program
6 Number of Oakland Department of Human Services programs that are intended to reduce food insecurity
12 Millions of pounds of food provided by the Alameda County Community Food Bank each year
120,000 Number of people provided with emergency food by the Alameda County Community Food Bank each month
14 Percent of Alameda County children diagnosed as obese (the figure is even higher for Oakland)
4 Oakland’s rank for rates of coronary heart disease among the 20 cities in Alameda County
12 Percent of all Oakland waste going to landfills that is food waste
12,000 Tons of commercial food waste diverted from the Oakland waste stream in 2005
34,000 Tons of residential food waste diverted from landfills by the “Green Cart” program in 2005