Notice: Share First Oakland has gone out of business, has dissolved as a California Public Benefit Corporation, as of October 31, 2015. This website is an archive being made available until Spring of 2016 for historical purposes.
"Share First Oakland exists to take direct and positive action in response to the growing problem of food insecurity in Oakland and its surrounding East Bay communities. Working both independently and in cooperation with trusted direct service providers, we put high-quality, nutritious food onto the tables of Oakland’s most vulnerable populations—the homeless, low-income seniors, people in life recovery, at-risk women and children, people suffering from AIDS, and families in severe economic stress."
Hi, I'm Webb Mealy, and I'm Executive Director of Share First Oakland, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in Oakland. The great majority of what we do is really simple to explain. We locate donors of good nutritious food, and we make sure that food makes its way to the people who are the most in danger of going hungry in Oakland. The folks we serve include seniors on very low fixed incomes, undocumented folks in East Oakland, families recovering from crises--including women and children fleeing from domestic abuse, people in life recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism, the homeless, and those whose resources simply don't stretch to cover their continuously increasing expenses. Our largest current donor of food is Whole Foods Market Oakland, which we like to call "our anchor donor." We also receive donated food from the Saturday Grand Lake Farmer's Market, R&K Foods, San Leandro, and the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Our volunteer teams direct service activities, four days a week, such as cooking and serving weekly meals in parks and doing free distributions of fresh grocery items to the public three days a week in low income neighborhoods. On some days of the week, food and drinks we get from these donors are passed straight through to reliable direct service partners like the East Bay Food Justice Project and Salvation Army Garden Street Women’s and Children’s Shelter. Nothing goes to waste, and everything goes to someone who needs it.
This is our work, and it's simple and straight to the point. They say that there is enough food to go around in this world, but the root problem behind hunger is mal-distribution of resources. Share First Oakland puts food into the hands of the people in Oakland who are least able to benefit in the mal-distribution economy.
Any business related to the cessation of operations and the dissolution of Share First Oakland can be directed to
J. Webb Mealy, Executive Director
(510) 768-7924 desk
Members of the Board of Directors (now retired):
J. Webb Mealy
Victor Lee Lewis
Rev. Lynice Pinkard