In December 2019, 12.2% of Alameda County residents (nearly 200,000 people) suffered from the inability to obtain adequate amounts of food. When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in 2020, the number of families impacted by food insecurity grew astronomically in our area and around the world. Today, despite the diminishing threat of the pandemic, these numbers are not decreasing.
Our gardens are managed strategically to produce fruits, vegetables, and herbs that thrive in our area and are culturally relevant to the various ethnic groups within our community. With the help of our many dedicated volunteers, our produce is harvested year-round and donated to serve our friends and neighbors without access to fresh produce as a result of food insecurity.
The quality of the food we grow is of the utmost concern. We know that the volumes of produce we grow make little impact if they are saturated with dangerous chemicals. At LEAF, our harvests are guaranteed to be free of biocides and chemicals that can pose a danger to our health and well-being.
Each year, LEAF donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce to our food bank partners in Fremont and Union City. These include Tri-City Volunteers Food Bank and Centro de Servicios. As we work toward expanding our gardens, we're excited over new partnerships and the ability to better serve the members of our community.
At LEAF, we want to see our community thrive. And we are proud to see the impact our efforts are making on the people of Alameda County. Follow the Programs heading above to learn more about the services that encompass Growing for Good.