Food Justice & Community Health in Richmond



Appendix A: Richmond’s Food and Health-related Resources

Bay Area Rescue Mission

The Rescue Mission helps meet the basic needs of hurting and homeless men, women, and children in the Bay Area with food and a clean, safe place to sleep.

CalFresh Richmond

The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.

City of Richmond Department of Health

The City of Richmond Health Initiatives team works with departments on implementing actions identified in the Community Health and Wellness Element of the Richmond General Plan 2030 and promotes systems and policy changes that support the development of healthy neighborhoods. The team aims to build the City and community’s capacity to improve health outcomes and promote health equity. The team is comprised of staff from various City departments and works with key partners to reduce health disparities in Richmond.

City of Richmond Department of Planning

The Planning Division provides advice and technical expertise to assist public officials, public agencies, real estate professionals, business operators and residents in understanding key community issues and priorities related to land use. The Planning staff provides excellent customer service by creating public and private partnerships that foster economic vitality, environmental integrity and quality design for the City of Richmond.

City of Richmond, Mayor’s Office

The Mayor’s Office works with City Departments and community organizations and members to increase access to healthy, whole nutritious foods and works to increase access to green spaces in Richmond.

Communities United Restoring Mother Earth (CURME)

CURME is an urban gardening project, dedicated to facilitating the creation of an agricultural economy independent of the agribusiness commodities market, serving individuals, families, schools and organizations, training them to grow their own food and medicine in a way that restores the health of the land, the water, the people, and the community.

Earth Team (Richmond High School)

EarthTeam was formed in 2000 by a coalition of educational, environmental, and governmental representatives who saw a need to provide community-based, curriculum connected environmental programs for overwhelmed high school and middle school teachers who lacked the time or resources to create such programs. Many secondary school students and teachers felt disconnected from others of similar interest and discouraged by the lack of interest in environmental issues among the general student body. EarthTeam was created to support these teachers and students in connecting with each other, increasing knowledge of pressing environmental issues, and participating in hands-on educational projects.

EcoVillage Farm

EcoVillage Farm is a model for growing healthy youth and healthy communities. People are an important part of the environment and EcoVillage works to broaden the range of people involved in environmental and social justice work to include urban residents and people of various cultural backgrounds.

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties

Started in 1975, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano stores and distributes donated and purchased perishable and nonperishable food items. We distribute food directly to low-income people at community sites and make food available for other nonprofit organizations serving the ill, needy and children. The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger.

Friends of the Richmond Greenway

Friends of the Richmond Greenway serves as a collaborative of local organizations and community members working together to transform the Richmond Greenway into a beautiful and healthy space that meets the needs of our community.

Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP)

GRIP is a diverse and inclusive coalition dedicated to helping those of our community in need to transition to self-sufficiency. GRIP has its Souper Center, which provides free, nutritious hot lunches to all hungry individuals and families, and provides shelter residents with three meals a day.

Groundwork Richmond

The mission of Groundwork Richmond is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

Ma’at Youth Academy

Ma’at Youth Academy is dedicated to providing environmental, economic and social justice strategies to urban and low-income communities by developing the leadership skills of its young people through education and participation in the process of producing meaningful change.

Planting Justice (PJ)

PJ works to address the structural inequalities inherent within the production, distribution, and consumption of industrial foods, specifically recognizing the issues of race, class, privilege, and oppression. PJ currently has a five acre farm in El Sobrante that will produce organic fresh food to be shared and sold off-site through retail outlets, farmers’ market stands, restaurants, and though a neighborhood CSA box delivered directly to the adjacent community residents at various drop-off points.

Playndirt CropSwap and Garden

Playndirt provides the SW Outer Annex, a food desert in Richmond, with locally gleaned and grown produce for its residents.

Pogo Park

Pogo Park reclaims and transforms broken, underused parks in inner-city neighborhoods into safe, healthy, and vibrant outdoor spaces for children to play. These parks promote healthy child development and healthy community development.

Rich City Rides

Rich City RIDES formed in August 2012 to use cycling as a method to increase healthy activity, community skill building, build businesses, and create opportunities for the most vulnerable members of marginalized communities.

Richmond Emergency Food Pantry

The Richmond Emergency Food Pantry was established in 1971 and provides emergency food packages to those in need.

Richmond Food Policy Council

The Richmond Food Policy Council works to create a local, equitable, and sustainable food system based on regional agriculture that fosters the local economy and provides healthy affordable food for all people living in Richmond. The Richmond Food Policy Council is a ratified member of the California Food Policy Council. 

Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library

Richmond Grows is a non-profit seed lending library located in the public library that provides free classes on organic gardening and seed saving.

Self-Sustaining Communities (SSC)

Self-Sustaining Communities works with low-income residents and community members to create wide-scale, environmentally sustainable local food production in distressed neighborhoods. An entirely volunteer organization, SSC has helped launch three urban farms in low income, high crime areas of Richmond since 2010. These projects have engaged a wide spectrum of the community, from the mayor to recently released offenders, in a “from-the-ground-up process” to reclaim and rejuvenate abandoned and blighted parcels and make them hubs of productivity.

Sunnyside Organic Seedlings

Sunnyside Organic Seedlings is a certified organic, wholesale nursery supplying the greater Bay Area with beautiful flats of high quality vegetable, herb and flower starts at excellent prices.

Urban Tilth (UT)

Urban Tilth cultivates agriculture in West Contra Costa County to help the community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. UT hires and trains residents to work with schools, community-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals to develop the capacity to produce 5% of their food supply.

The Watershed Project

The Watershed Project is committed to inspiring Bay Area communities to understand, appreciate and protect local watersheds. The project works to restore and preserve the unique ecosystems that make up the San Francisco Bay and brings a watershed perspective to the urban environment, promoting green design and supporting natural cycles.

West Contra Costa County Unified School District Food Services Department

The West Contra Costa Unified School District Food Services Department is committed to providing healthy school meals and snacks to the students of the West Contra Costa School District. The team of dedicated food and nutrition professionals supports student academic success and promotes healthful eating habits that lead to lifelong positive nutrition practices.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Richmond

WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program that helps pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children under 5 years old to eat healthy foods and live a healthy, active life. 

Appendix B: UC Berkeley’s Food-Related Resources

Atkins Center for Weight and Health

The Atkins Center for Weight and Health (CWH) works with community groups to develop and evaluate programs to support healthy eating and active living, with a focus on children and families in diverse communities. CWH produces reports and engages in projects that can assist community partners in dealing with nutrition standards, diverse dimensions of obesity, and other related issues.

Bear Pantry

The Bear Pantry was founded in 2009 and is a donor-driven program that provides an emergency food supply to low- income UC Berkeley families with dependent children.

Berkeley Food Institute

The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) catalyzes and supports transformative changes in food systems to promote diversity, justice, resilience, and health—from the local to the global. BFI envisions a world in which nutritious, affordable food is available for all and is produced sustainably and fairly—ensuring healthy people and a healthy planet. Over 80 faculty members from numerous disciplines are affiliated with the Institute.

Berkeley Food Pantry

The UC Berkeley Food Pantry is an emergency relief food supply for all UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. The Food Pantry serves students who need core food support and is part of the campuswide food security program.

Berkeley Student Food Collective

The Berkeley Student Food Collective is dedicated to providing fresh, local, healthy, environmentally sustainable, and ethically produced food at affordable prices to the Berkeley campus and greater community.

Cal Dining

Cal Dining is dedicated to being an environmentally friendly organization. Cal Dining earned the title as the nation’s first organic certified college kitchen, with two green certified dining halls, unused food donations, compost with campus cooperative, biodegradable to-go boxes, and more.

The Center for Diversified Farming Systems

The Center for Diversified Farming Systems is a research center affiliated with BFI that is focused on the study of a set of methods and tools to produce food sustainably by leveraging ecological diversity at several scales. The Center supports research on the costs and benefits of multi-functional agriculture, and to identify and help implement scientific solutions to the many challenges facing broad adoption of diversified farming systems.

College of Environmental Design

CED stands among the nation’s top environmental design schools. It is one of the world’s most distinguished laboratories for experimentation, research, and intellectual synergy.

College of Natural Resources

The College of Natural Resources (CNR) addresses biological, social, and economic challenges associated with protecting natural resources and the environment. CNR is home to four departments: Agricultural and Resource Economics; Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Nutritional Science and Toxicology; and Plant and Microbial Biology.

Food Labor Research Center

Through the Food Labor Research Center, UC Berkeley is the first academic institution in the country to focus on the intersection of food and labor issues.

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Precision Urban Agriculture Initiative

The Precision Urban Agriculture Initiative will seek to provide low-income urban populations direct access to local, healthy, sustainably produced vegetables at or below conventional market prices. The initiative will aim to grow healthy produce in urban centers using less resources (water, fertilizer and land) than conventional agriculture and no pesticides or herbicides. 

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Predictive Agriculture Initiative

Berkeley Lab’s Predictive Agricultural Initiative, as part of the UC Global Food Initiative launched in late 2014, focuses on mining existing data to understand the impacts of changing climate on California agriculture. For this project, in collaboration with UC Davis, Lab scientists work to develop new scientific approaches to increase food production, while simultaneously decreasing inputs of water and fertilizers.

Student Organic Garden Association

The Student Organic Garden, UC Berkeley’s student farm, was created by students in 1971. In 1999 the Student Organic Gardening Association (SOGA) was formed to establish continuity of maintenance and support for the Student Organic Garden year round in order to provide a creative space for experiential agricultural education for the UC Berkeley student community and greater surrounding community.

UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is a statewide network of University of California researchers and educators dedicated to the creation, development and application of knowledge in agricultural, natural and human resources.

UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension

17 UCB faculty members are Cooperative Extension specialists who do research and carry our extension projects on food and agriculture issues, providing information to farmers, consumers, and other stakeholders and community members throughout California and beyond. These extension specialists are in the fields of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Environmental Science Policy & Management, Nutritional Science and Toxicology, and Plant and Microbial Biology.

UC Berkeley Gill Tract Farm

The Gill Tract is a plot of University-owned land in Albany (approximately 15 acres) that is used for agricultural experiments, and agroecology research and education, and formerly for biological control research. Part of the land has been used in activity with community members who are involved in participatory research and other urban farming efforts.

UC Berkeley School of Public Health

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health seeks to promote health, prevent suffering, and protect lives. The School’s mission is to conduct world-class research; apply it to improve human health; develop diverse leaders; and enhance the health workforce through continuing education and assistance

UC Berkeley Sustainable Foodservice Working Group

The UC Berkeley Sustainable Foodservice Working Group was formed in 2009, and it works with campus foodservice operations and the campus at large to increase sustainability of food purchases and operations. Campus vendors continue to show progress in their purchasing patterns, reporting that 28% of the food purchases are considered sustainably produced as of 2012.

UC Global Food Initiative

UC President Janet Napolitano, together with UC’s 10 chancellors, launched the UC Global Food Initiative in July 2014. Building on existing efforts and creating new collaborations among UC’s 10 campuses, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the initiative draws on UC’s leadership in the fields of agriculture, medicine, nutrition, climate science, public policy, social science, biological science, humanities, arts, and law, among others. Its focus is both external, such as how UC translates research into policy and helps communities eat more sustainably, and internal, such as how UC leverages its collective buying power and dining practices to create desirable policies and outcomes.

The Urban Bee Lab

The Urban Bee Lab has been documenting bee diversity and bee frequencies on wild California plants in several northern California sites since 1987. Annual surveys include the Urban California Native Bee Survey, the Sonoma Bee Count, and the Costa Rica Bee Project.