AB&I team member Kristen Cook joined the FEED THE HOOD initiative to prepare lunches and hygiene kits for the unhoused of East and West Oakland. The event was hosted by the East Oakland Collective at the East Oakland Youth Development Center located at 8200 International Boulevard.
While volunteering, Cook served breakfast, packed lunches and loaded hygiene kits for delivery. Her caravan made deliveries to seven different homeless encampments, everything from tiny houses maintained by the city of Oakland to make shift tents and RVs.
The East Oakland Collective has been feeding the unhoused for years, mostly deep in East Oakland where the need is greatest. "It was both a draining and rewarding experience that I would most certainly do again,” said Cook.
The organization set a record number of 300 volunteers and 3,000 lunches packed.