April 2015 Newsletter


Join us and our community members in neighborhood makeovers. Check out how you can get involved in our hands on workdays below! 
HOPE Spotlight
Sarah Ting, HOPE Partner
  Sarah Ting, Project Manager for HOPE TableShare project

This month, we would like to highlight Sarah Ting for her contributions to the collaborative. 


Sarah, a native of Oakland, is the Project Manager of the HOPE Youth Media Team's community food storytelling project, TableShare. Sarah also currently serves as a member of the Oakland Food Policy Council and a Board Member of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project in East Oakland.  In these roles, she helps bridge the divide between decision making and  the communities most impacted by social inequities in Oakland. 
Sarah first encountered HOPE while working  on Oakland Unified's Farm to School Initiative and garden education through a national program called FoodCorps.  Sarah partnered with HOPE's Youth Action Board (YAB) in the spring of 2014 to coordinate OUSD's peer-to-peer cafeteria taste test surveys, which inform the development of new, locally sourced, healthy meals. She enjoyed working with the YAB and their passion for food justice. In the following months, she attended HOPE Collaborative meetings where she learned that HOPE was truly collaborative and led by the community. 
In the fall of 2014, Sarah partnered with the YAB again to develop a Youth Media Team and TableShare. This idea came from conversations about the need to amplify the voices of those most impacted by inequities in the food system. Sarah and the youth talked about how people in the flatlands are often working to address the challenges in their community, but often, their stories go untold and they are left out of decision making processes. In response to this problem, Sarah and the youth developed TableShare to build meaningful relationships with people in their community and connect these experiences to real change through a storytelling process. 
Sarah's role is to  facilitate the Youth Media Team's storytelling work, which builds the capacity of HOPE's work on food systems, built environment, and youth leadership in the community. She  is inspired by the leadership, courage, and creativity of the Youth Media Team and feels honored to be a part of their work.

Food Systems 
Getting Hands on for Health at Corner Stores
Healthy Corner Store Workday volunteers at Three Amigos.

Since the beginning of 2015, HOPE youth and project leaders have been taking the Healthy Corner Store Project into their own hands - literally.  


Each month, HOPE has been hosting a "makeover" and taste testing event at different partner corner stores. These events have been planned and led by teams of youth and adult project leaders who work together in planning the menu of new healthy products for customers to taste, to creating a new layout for the products, and shelving in the store to better highlight healthy foods. On the days of the event, volunteers from the neighborhood and partner groups like BuildOn join in to transform the store and engage local residents in the process.


In January, HOPE youth interns from CCPA worked to clean up and reorganize Eihab Discount located directly across the street from their school. They moved candy to the back and brought healthy beverages and snacks to the front of the store. A team from HOPE's Youth Action Board led the planning for February's work day at Sunbeam Market in West Oakland. Reorganizing the shelves was a huge undertaking and volunteers took care to remove all expired products and leave the shelves looking clean. People's Grocery, as a partner on this project, also joined in to share green smoothie samples as a potential new product for the store and part of their campaign to ensure everyone in West Oakland is getting their daily fruit and veggie intake. March brought everyone back to Three Amigos Market in San Antonio where youth and volunteers removed tobacco signs and scoured the front counter, set up a produce rack in the center of the store, and provided samples of healthy deli sandwiches and salads designed by chef and HOPE partner, Jenny Huston. Kelly Curry from People's Grocery also provided a cooking demonstration for making mini-quesadillas using a healthy serving of fresh vegetables.


These workdays are just the beginning of the transformation happening in these stores. After each volunteer event, store owners are more knowledgeable and motivated to take initiative to clean up and bring healthier products to their stores. Local residents and customers are more aware and engaged in the project and continue to express excitement about the new healthy possibilities to the store long after the event is over.


Our next workday will be Saturday, April 18th from 10am - 2pm at One Stop Liquor, 8400 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621. If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact Angela Hadwin at [email protected] or (510) 444-4221. 

Built Environment 
Food, Music, and Fun on Earth Day 2015

Earth Day offers an opportunity to highlight the gifts nature provides and incite actions to protect our environment. This year, HOPE Collaborative's Built Environment Action Team (BEAT) is collaborating with Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV), Block by Block Organizing Network District 7, and Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 25 at Acta Non Verba's farm (1001 83rd Ave.) from 10am to 4pm


You are invited to participate in this exciting event with food, music, and activities including a neighborhood clean up, tree planting, a community march to inspire resident involvement and education, a bounce house, and rock climbing!


Community Engagement 
Cooking up another FEEST

The HOPE Youth Action Board (YAB) is cooking up another FEEST (Food Empowerment Education Sustainability Team)!


HOPE's YAB adapted the FEEST model into their work last year to  build a deeper connection across youth leadership groups, drop some knowledge on food justice, and are opportunities for youth to learn about food justice issues in Oakland. Young people come together during these trainings to do a little improvisational cooking to create plant- based dishes.


Do you like to cook? Want to create a new dish with our Youth Action Board members? If so, the YAB is looking to cook up a FEEST with you and other youth leaders! The team is planning to launch monthly dinners on Fridays from 5:30-7pm at Oakland Sol (1236 23rd Ave. @ International Blvd.) Come cook with us while exercising your imagination and building community. Upcoming FEEST events are scheduled for:    


May 1st 

June 5th   

July 10th 


To attend an upcoming FEEST or for questions, please contact Mario at [email protected].


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Upcoming Events

HOPE Healthy Corner Store Workday on
Saturday, April 18 from 10am-2pm at One Stop Liquor (8400 International Blvd.)

Earth Day Clean Up. Green Up
on Saturday, April 25 from 10-4pm at the Farm at Acta Non Verba (1001 83rd Ave.)

Built Environment Action Team
meeting on
Tuesday, April 28 from 4-6pm at
RISE Elementary (8521 A Street)
Sunday Suppers benefiting HOPE Collaborative at Pizzaiolo on
Sunday, April 19. Purchase dinner tickets  here

on Friday, May 1 from 5:30-7pm at Oakland Sol (1236 23rd Ave.)

Community Opportunities
on Saturday, May 30 from 1-3pm at the farm at Acta Non Verba (1001 83rd Ave.)

Alameda County Social Services Agency
Farm Stand every Monday from
10am-2pm at
Eastmont Self-Sufficiency Center (6955 Foothill Blvd.)

Every Saturday from
10am-3pm, get fresh and healthy produce at the Freedom Farmers Market (5316 Telegraph Ave.)


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