The COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread business closures, a steep rise in unemployment, and a surge in the number of people who did not have consistent access to enough food. The California Association of Food Banks estimates that 1 in 4 Californians is now struggling with food insecurity.
With a commitment to helping people access and afford healthy food, Kaiser Permanente responded in several ways. We started with a $1.5 million grant to Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation to deliver 150,000 healthy restaurant meals to Oakland students and families over the course of 6 weeks.
The effort, in collaboration with the Oakland Unified School District and World Central Kitchen, paid local restaurants to create the meals; enabling many restaurants to stay in business and keep workers employed, while supporting Oakland families in need.
We’ve always known that food insecurity was a big issue in Oakland, which is why ‘Eat,’ one of our key pillars in the foundation, was set in place.” – Stephen Curry, co-founder of Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation