August 2015 Newsletter


HOPE has launched Last Mile Foods, an alternative healthy food distribution enterprise. Now, meet the entrepreneur behind the project! HOPE is also recruiting for new Action Team and Youth Action Board members. Please help us spread the word about our projects and encourage youth and community members to apply! Read below for more details.  
HOPE Spotlight
David Derryck, Last Mile Foods Manager
David Derryck, Last Mile Foods Manager

This month, we would like to highlight David Derryck, the social entrepreneur behind Last Mile Foods.David has spent the past ten years leading and managing social enterprises in a variety of industries that seek to employ individuals with barriers to employment. David was drawn, not only to HOPE Collaborative's purpose, goals and mission, but to our goal to develop a food distribution enterprise with the potential to deliver positive social and economic results for the local Oakland community and the broader Bay area community.


David draws from his prior food experience launching a fresh-cut processing facility in partnership with a fresh produce distributor and advising Corbin Hill Food Project, the largest CSA in New York City and a pioneering model of food distribution, to launch Last Mile Foods. Last Mile Foods increases food access by distributing fresh, healthy, nutritious food the "last mile" via small "Healthy Coolers" located within small retailers and other community organizations to carry healthy, locally grown and produced snacks, semi-prepared, and heat and serve meals.


David has enjoyed the opportunity to work with a number of HOPE Collaborative's constituents and has been able to leverage the work being done by the Healthy Corner Store Project. In fact, Last Mile Foods' first two locations are a result of the two projects working together. David has also appreciated the opportunity to hire from the community and is proud of the fact that Last Mile Foods' web designer hails from East Oakland!David's vision for Last Mile Foods is to have a healthy cooler in every site that needs or wants one in order to improve food access for all Oakland neighborhoods.

Food Systems 
Enter the Chef Challenge

HOPE is excited to announce the Healthy Corner Store Chef Challenge! We are calling on all professional and community chefs to contribute to innovative food access work in Oakland by creating recipes for dishes that can be served at corner store delis in East and West Oakland at a $5-7 price point.


There are many talented chefs in the Bay Area, and this contest is an amazing opportunity for more Oakland residents to have access to delicious, freshly prepared food, right in their neighborhoods. Chefs can feel good about giving back to the community and more people can eat and enjoy good food.


All entries will be showcased at a Chef Challenge Event, to take place on October 5, 2015, and select entries may be featured in a forthcoming HOPE Collaborative Healthy Corner Store Cookbook.   


If you or a chef you know would like to enter HOPE's Chef Challenge, please contact Lauren Greis at or (847) 606-0744.


What Does Oakland Have in Common with Brooklyn and Detroit?
Representatives from HOPE Collaborative, NYC Food & Fitness, and Detroit Food and Fitness at the 2015 cross-site convening.
HOPE Collaborative explored this question with colleagues from the NYC and Detroit Food & Fitness Partnerships. Sabrina Wu, Angela Hadwin, and Esperanza Pallana visited the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in July for site visits and working sessions around food systems, community ownership, finance, workforce development, and policy. The gathering was organized and facilitated by Urbane Development, a community and economic development firm that works with HOPE on our Healthy Corner Store Project.

Recurring themes that all three sites are facing include gentrification, land access and security, barriers faced by start up and small scale food entrepreneurs, and racial inequities in policy making and implementation. The group explored opportunities for long-term collaboration and shared strategy across the three cities that could address some of the common issues, especially in areas of workforce development and community finance, as well as opportunities for collaboration and mutual support on federal policy issues. HOPE Collaborative looks forward to on-going cross-site work in order to share learnings, increase impact, and scale up effective strategies.


Youth Celebrate Accomplishments at Sunbeam Market
Healthy Corner Store youth and community leaders at Sunbeam Market.

Over the past year, a group of YAB members worked hard to revitalize Sunbeam Market to be a source of healthy foods for the community. They led three workday events where they provided samples of new healthy products to the community while reorganizing the inside of the store to make healthy food easier to find. They also collected input from over 80 residents to better understand what types of healthy changes people in the neighborhood actually want to see in the store. Through the youth's efforts, the store owner has become more aware of healthy foods and where they are in his store. He has also become more motivated to sell new healthy products, inviting the youth to come shopping with him to pick out better food.


On Saturday, July 18th, HOPE Collaborative's Youth Action Board's (YAB) Healthy Corner Store Team hosted an event at Sunbeam Market to celebrate the accomplishments of the youth working to improve the corner store as well as raise awareness the healthy changes to come. Several HOPE leaders, volunteers, and staff also came out to support the youth in making the day a success.


The event engaged nearby residents and children in fun and educational activities from a jumper to a quiz game and healthy food photobooth. People had the opportunity to sample sandwiches and salads coming to the store through Last Mile Foods and fresh green smoothie samples made by volunteers from Planting Justice. Kids and some adventurous adults took turns pedaling a bike-powered blender to make berry smoothies and youth prepared a cook-off activity for people to attempt to make a healthy meal serving four people with only $15 using food from the corner store. At the end of the day, several residents expressed interest in continuing to be involved with HOPE's Healthy Corner Store project.


In the coming weeks, Sunbeam Market will begin to sell fresh salads and sandwiches in a Last Mile Foods cooler. They are also working to repair a refrigerated produce case they just acquired in order to expand their produce selection. Additionally, they are working with architects and designers to get appropriate drawings and permits to build out a deli in the back of the store that will serve fresh soups, salads, sandwiches and smoothies to order.


Community Engagement 
Boys and Men of Color Go Off the Grid
BMoC camp facilitators and youth in Portola, California.

Austin Phal and Luis Ramirez of HOPE's Youth Action Board (YAB) spent a week off the grid in Portola, California as part of the Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) camp, an initiative of Urban Strategies Council that works to improve health, education, employment and justice system outcomes of boys and men of color. This year, 13 boys and men of color from all over The California Endowment's 14 Building Healthy Communities (BHC) sites attended the camp. The camp was a way for participants to forge relationships between young people across BHC sites, foster youth leadership development, increase knowledge of health equity issues, hold a space for affirming culture and promote healing, and support team-building in a natural environment - all while having fun!


The start of the camp requires all youth to shut off their phones. The youth then introduced themselves and shared the social justice work they do in their cities within the group. Some of the engaging conversations that were facilitated by the group included sharing different cultures and finding out how different cultures are indeed similar and sharing reflections on videos about police and racial profiling people of color and talking about what each person would have done if put in those situations. Other activities included drumming, art, healing circles, rope courses, and hiking. HOPE YAB member and Healthy Corner Store Leader, Austin Phal, was hesitant about going at first because he was going to be away from home for a week, but is glad he went because he met a lot of new friends and formed a close bond with the other youth. Austin says, "The camp brought a lot of people together...Most importantly, people stepped out of their comfort zones and shared their stories that they might not have shared back home because they didn't want to feel judged." Similar to the youth's work at HOPE, YAB members learn about health equity issues affecting youth and people of color in Oakland and attending the BMoC camp reminded the youth that they can be the future for change.


Neighbor Day

On Saturday August 1st, EastSide Arts Alliance and East Oakland Building Healthy Communities (BHC) held the first annual Neighbor Day at Rainbow Recreation Center (5800 International Blvd.) in East Oakland. The event focused on art & culture and community building and offered a day full of food, prizes, live music, dancing, and plenty of kid-friendly activities for people who came out that day. The event also provided opportunities for Oakland-based organizations, including HOPE Collaborative, to table and give informational resources to residents.


Since HOPE is recruiting new Action Team members, Neighbor Day provided a fun and timely opportunity to talk to Oakland residents about HOPE. Two current Action Team members, Shante Abner and Tracy Peterson, were present at HOPE's table and spoke to residents about HOPE's commitment to resident leadership and development and encouraged residents to become an Action Team member. Both Shante and Tracy live in East Oakland and were able to recruit neighbors to participate in the Healthy Corner Store Project, Elmhurst Planning Initiative, and Youth Action Board.


In all, Neighbor Day was a day full of good weather, fun activities, community building, and information sharing. Residents living near Seminary Avenue and International Boulevard were able to learn about community-driven work happening in their communities. As HOPE continues its outreach efforts, HOPE staff and members are looking forward to speaking with and learning from Oakland residents. Lastly, HOPE Collaborative thanks the event sponsors for the opportunity to attend this great community event.


Attend Community Opportunities

Are you an Oakland resident who wants better food options and safer streets in your community, but don't know where to start? Attend a Community Opportunities session hosted by HOPE Collaborative! Community Opportunities are for individuals who want to learn about HOPE's work and connect with HOPE staff, partners, and community members taking the lead on current projects. These sessions are also a great way to learn how you can play an important role in implementing healthy changes in your community as an Action Team Member or Project Leader. Join us for our next Community Opportunities on Sat., 8/29.

WHAT: Community Opportunities
WHEN: Sat., August 29 from 3-5pm
WHERE: Mosswood Park (3612 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94609) 


Residents Needed to Build a Healthier Oakland

Are you an Oakland resident? Do you want easier access to fresh fruits and vegetables? Do you want a healthy neighborhood where it is safe to walk and play in? HOPE Collaborative is seeking Action Team members to join our Youth Action Board, Healthy and Safe Elmhurst Neighborhood Team, or Healthy Corner Store Team. We provide leadership opportunities for residents to lead our work and create change directly in East and West Oakland. Action Team members receive a stipend for the time spent working on project.

Applications are due Fri., September 4 by 5pm to Mario Balcita. To apply, complete and submit an Action Team Member application to Mario at or fax to (510) 444-4819. Contact Mario at or (510) 444-4212 for more information.


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Upcoming Events

HOPE Healthy Corner Store Workday on
Saturday, August 15 from 10am-2pm at One Stop (8400 International Blvd.)

Youth Matter, Inc. is having their 8th Annual Back 2 School Bash on Saturday, August 15 from 12-5pm at Rainbow Recreation Center (5800 International Blvd.)

Built Environment Action Team (BEAT)
meeting on
Tuesday, August 25 from 4-6pm at
81st Ave Library (1021 81st Ave.)

HOPE Community Opportunities
on Saturday, August 29 from 3-5pm at Mosswood Park (3612 Webster St.)

HOPE Steering Committee meeting
on Tuesday, September 8 from 4-6pm at HOPE (221 Oak St., Suite D)

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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