Thanksgiving came early for unhoused East Oaklanders Thanks to Feed the Hood 19

Thanksgiving came early for unhoused East Oaklanders at more than 75 encampments with Feed the Hood 19 last weekend. More than 100 volunteers were involved with this effort as meals and personal care kits were packed and transported from The East Oakland Collective‘s distribution center on MacArthur Boulevard. Community Kitchens brought 2,000 boxed hot meals that were provided from 10 Oakland restaurants.

Other organizations involved included local Girl Scout troops, and the Freedom Community Clinic, which provided blood pressure screenings, haircuts, and reiki energy treatments at a large encampment near High Street.

A group of diverse girls wearing face masks stand in front of a colorful banner and smile.
Some of the Girl Scouts from troop 32301 who helped pack personal care kits for unhoused folks. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.

Ttori Johnson, the lead organizer for the event, told Oakland Voices, “Feed the Hood is a cornerstone program for The East Oakland Collective. Feed the Hood has flourished into a community staple program. The continued growth of Feed The Hood is a testament to not only our collective power, but also, the continued need of our communities.”

An African American woman wear salmon colored matching sweat outfit speaks to a crowd.
The East Oakland Collective’s TTori speaks with volunteers last weekend. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.
Five African Americans stand and smile for camera.
Left to right: City Councilwoman Treva Reid, Reid’s staff member Kiana Gums, Marshall Johnson, Candice Elder of The East Oakland Collective, and Sean Tanner with the Alameda County Food Bank. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.
A warehouse full of packed hot meals provided by local restaurants.
Inside The East Oakland Collective’s distribution center where boxes of hot meals and other items are organized to give to unhoused communities. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.

The East Oakland Collective and Both Sides of the Conversation also sponsored a community afternoon of roller skating the previous Saturday at the Black Cultural Zone site at Eastmont Mall. Jon Henry, Executive Director, Both Sides of the Conversation, noted that the community was “a day to bring together Oakland and San Francisco, both sides of the Bay, in unity and love. Given everything that Black communities are faced with right now, it was great to be in community, family and friends together for some Black joy.”

Roller skaters with masks on enjoy the community skating rink.

Down the street at Praise Fellowship Christian Church, volunteers, many from local motorcycle clubs, provided shoes, clothing and 250 boxed meals to low income Oaklanders. Other East Oakland churches made similar efforts for low-income residents.

Racks and tables of free clothing at a local East Oakland church.
Free clothing at Praise Fellowship Christian Church in East Oakland. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.
An African American woman stands by a table filled with egg cartons and a "free eggs" sign.
Food was distributed to unhoused people in East Oakland last weekend. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.

About Howard Dyckoff

Howard Dyckoff has lived in Oakland for over 40 years and has been involved with many community groups, including Oakland Digital and Oakland Local, Block by Block, the East Oakland Boxing Association (EOBA), and CBE. A Brooklyn, New York, transplant, and an Aerospace Engineering graduate of NY Polytechnic, Howard also attended Laney College, where he wrote for the Laney Tower newspaper and was elected editor. Howard also attended the Starr King School at the Theological Union in Berkeley. He has served as the Berkeley Free Clinic’s Outreach Coordinator, and also worked as an information technology professional at Chevron, Sybase, and Wells Fargo. He worked in both the 2010 and 2020 Census. Howard has been a regular contributor to Oakland Local and online publications such as TechTarget and Linux Gazette and currently writes for Oakland Voices. He currently does event photography around the Bay Area. View all posts by Howard Dyckoff →

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