Feed the People started in January 2016 when Needa Bee and her then 14 year-old daughter Joyous Efiya De Asis Miralle started sharing weekly hot meals to four curbside communities in Oakland.
This weekly curbside dinner-date that the mother-daughter team kicked off became a team of more than 60 volunteers by Summer 2016. Homies, family, and comrades came every week to caravan thru The Town and share love with 40 curbside communities.
Currently, Feed the People operates out of a customized mobile grocery store that continues to serve 40 Oakland curbside communities. The program has expanded to delivering groceries and hot meals to housed seniors, and families with small children experience food scarcity. We have also expanded the service to Berkeley curbside communities and unhoused residents of Downtown San Francisco.
Feed The People is the foundational program of The Village in Oakland. Thru Feed The People, and the relationships we build and voices we hear of folks living on the streets, every service, program and campaign is informed by the work of this service. When people would like to join Village in Oakland’s volunteer team, Feed The People is the program every starts off with.