Like everyone, we continue to monitor the developments of COVID-19, and we continue to explore ways in which to support our West Oakland community members during these challenging times. Although we have suspended all in-person activities, and PJC staff are working remotely, we continue to provide the following services:
Our West Oakland Food Pantry (WOFP) is open and we have expanded our distribution days and times to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm. We deliver food boxes to the homeless encampments on Tuesdays and Thursdays, have a community-wide distribution on the 4th Saturday, and provide limited delivery to West Oakland seniors. Please pass the word to your participants, clients, staff, family, and friends. This is for everyone. Please see the flyer on the right for more information. We have canned food, produce, bread, chickens, pork hamburger patties, eggs, cheese, and more. We also have prepared meals provided by Kaiser Permanente and Replate.
We are also able to provide diapers and baby wipes to families.
Each week, we serve over 1,200 individuals, and over 500 in homeless encampments. In a recent report from the Alameda County Food Bank, between January 1, 2020-April 13, 2020, we distributed 2,586,806 pounds of food. And each week, thanks to our partner, Replate, we distribute approximately 600 prepared meals per week.
Our Northern California Breathmobile staff in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties are following up with all our families to provide wellness calls, tele-assessments, medication (as needed), and follow-ups to children with asthma ages 3-18 and their families. To date, we have made over 300 wellness calls, provided prescription refills, and Tele-health doctor consultations. If your child has an asthma emergency, please take your child to the nearest emergency room. For more information or to schedule an assessment for your child, please feel free to contact us at 510-763-1880.
Our Father Charles D. Burns Pre Preschool Program for families of children ages 3 months-4 years is providing online and tele-groups and child development activities for our families. For more information, please call 510-350-6249.
Please stay safe. Be well. Take care. Stay informed.
- Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/asthma.html
- Wall Street Journal Article: Vitamin D and Coronavirus Disparities: https://www.wsj.com/articles/vitamin-d-and-coronavirus-disparities-11587078141