Berkeleyside: Alameda Kitchen transforms places, produce, people, October 22, 2015


Enter Alameda Point Collaborative, another local nonprofit looking to transform local resources and reallocate them in creative ways. Founded in 1999, ACP has acquired portions of the former Alameda Naval Air Station and converted them into 200 units of housing, which provide safe and stable homes for some 500 previously homeless residents, 99% of whom live below the poverty line and most of whom are unemployed. ACP’s 34 acres of property include a garden, counseling facilities, and notably — a kitchen.

“We went to visit and this commercial kitchen was just sitting there empty,” said Frasz. “The light bulbs went off. This was an opportunity.”
Cooks at work in Food Shift's Alameda Kitchen. Photo courtesy: Food Shift

Once she hooked up with Alameda Point, Frasz was able to fully conceptualize Alameda Kitchen, which is based on Egger’s District of Columbia and Los Angeles models. It will give new life to recovered food products, adding value and duration in the community. Alameda Kitchen will also provide jobs and job-training to vulnerable and transitioning populations, starting with the residents at ACP.