At TWAICB, we constantly look towards methods of fulfilling the ideals of the UDHR into practice, and, quite often, it is through collaboration, cooperation, and imagining new ways for communities to support each other and come together that we can see change being made. On January 17th, 2020, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL), and All IN Alameda County (ALL IN) held the grand opening of the Dig Deep Farms Food Hub:
The DDF Food Hub is a newly constructed, community-based food aggregation, distribution, and small business incubation center designed to get healthy food onto the plates of food-insecure Alameda County residents.
DSAL Executive Director, Hilary Bass (From The Mercury News), January 17, 2020
“I think the potential is huge,” says Hilary D. Bass, senior programs specialist for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s part of our policing model, because we understand that you can’t expect people to make healthy choices when they’re struggling so immensely with the stress of poverty and the challenges that come with that.”
That framework has guided the county’s sheriff’s office work in the community, Bass said, and inspired the creation of the farming program for the formerly incarcerated. “We determined that unless we address areas around economic and workforce development and curbing poverty, we couldn’t get to the roots of crime,” she said.
The Dig Deep Farms Food Hub is part of ACSO’s Community Capitals Policing initiative to break down silos, build new collaborations, and lead community-driven efforts to create stronger systems, stronger places, and stronger relationships to reduce crime and help people thrive.
The 3,300-square-foot DDF Food Hub will feature a food recovery program, a permaculture initiative, a small business incubator, a farm-to-fork initiative, and a commercial kitchen. The DDF Food Hub will also support ALL IN Alameda County’s Food as Medicine initiative, a collaborative effort to provide families with access to healthy food and nutrition and to make it easier for healthcare providers to use healthy food as an intervention tool for diet-related illnesses.