Oakland Equal Access

Tour curated by: Danielle deGuzman Armstead

This tour is a non-consumerist tour that sheds light on the lack of access of food in Oakland, the health repercussions caused by this void and the accessibility of food focused community projects.

Oakland is known for its amazing restaurants and fresh markets, but what is also recognized is that there is a very developed food dessert in Oakland. There are large expanses that are in crisis, that have no access to food or access to only fast foods high in fats, salt, oils and sugars. West Oakland has a history of decades of systematic discrimination and disinvestment. It also has a history of policies that lead to unemployment, poverty, crime and pollution which had destroyed the health of its citizens. The health crisis is also brought to light in the rate of infant deaths, low birth weights, high death rates due to heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Vast percentages of these deaths are in persons of color. In 1996-1998, 94% of deaths were of persons of color and 86% of deaths were of people of just African American decent. Not including deaths due to acts of violence, the other primary cause in African Americans were food related.

This Tour
This tour will highlight the locations that do have lots of access to fresh food. the areas that do not, and the community centers that are working to provide more access to food, and food education.

Purpose and Goals
I hope this tour will be informative. I would like to bring to light the fact that I am not from Oakland and do not represent the ideas, methodologies or perspectives of a true 'native Oaklander'. However, I would like to use this space as a platform to bring to emphasize this issue.

This tour's goal is to bring people to work towards volunteering, donating, and taking part in making an important development towards helping Oakland prosper.

Locations for Tour

Old Oakland Farmers' Market Location: 9th between Broadway & Clay Oakland, Alameda County Hours: Fridays 8:00am-2:00pm all year The Old Oakland Farmer’s Market is a market based in Oakland that features very fresh seasonal produce,…

The Mission of the Alameda County Community Food Bank is ‘to alleviate hunger by providing nutritious food and nutrition education to people in need, educating the public and promoting public policies that address hunger and its root causes.” For…

People’s Grocery operates at the intersection of public health, economic development, and food systems. Their mission is ‘to improve the health and local economy of West Oakland through investing in the local food system. Using West Oakland as a…

Believing in empowerment of community and self, cooperative work, wealth, and responsibility, Mandela Marketplace is a community driven life force. “Mandela MarketPlace is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents,…