AMWF Furtile Oasis in a Barren Food Desert

Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation (AMWF), since 1957, is a non-profit, public services organization based on GIVING AND SHARING, is non-denominational, Multi-Cultural, 100% volunteer financed and operated relief organization that provides FREE charitable assistance to the general public with food, medicine, clothing, educational and employment opportunities, mental and physical health referrals, legal aid, shelter and other necessities to individuals, children, families, and organizations who lack these essentials for any reason. We provide private school and college admissions educational opportunities; assists with referrals for job training and placement; rental assistance; social services assistance; homelessness assistance; mental and physical health assistance; medical assistance and legal aid assistance referrals FREE for ANYONE whom has the need. In serving the above, our leadership and volunteer/donors are most importantly composed of the same fabric, Blacks, minorities, single mothers, widows, immigrants/refugees, the poor, homeless, needy!

AMWF has taken the lead in servicing and protecting the poor, homeless, and senoir shut-in residents from COVID-19 extending these various services and programs to the economically, mentally, and physically challenged; the poor and homeless; the undereducated and undeserved; people living with symptomatic HIV and AIDS; substance abuse; seniors 55 years and older; prenatal women; at risk youth; and homebound people living with serious illness!

We are and have been heavily involved in the Homeless servicing since the 1970’s that suddenly the government needs to address as a potential Deadly agent of the spread of the virus. Providing food IS AN ESSENTIAL service, so we are used for that purpose, we added new food resource donors, we MUST be out to serve and our work has TRIPLED!

Our Food Bank programs and weekly Free Farmers Market Food Give-Aways enable us to serve over 30,000 people a month from many Bay Area Community locations and provide for thousands with the special events we support that are totally free to the public. AMWF accommodate over 300 families per giveaway at each location with twice the quantity, a higher quality, much healthier, more expensive and fresher product that was purely the blessings of God. Our distribution includes daily fresh natural health foods, Halal, Organic, All Natural, Kosher, Vegan, specialty products, farm-fresh produce, high quality all-natural meats and seafood. We have fresh, natural organic products; a great mix of everyday staples; healthy canned goods; fresh fruits and vegetables; gourmet deli meats and products; eggs, dairy and cheeses products; high quality organic, all natural and grass fed meat, fish and poultry; baby foods; dry and canned goods; frozen natural and organic prepared meals and specialty items; natural body care and personal hygiene products; vitamins and supplements; gluten-free products; vegan and vegetarian products; bakery products; bulk food products; options for those with food sensitivities, and much more. This has more greatly enhance our business model as tantamount and concordant with our program and success!

A woman walks toward friends at a homeless encampment where she lives next to the Interstate

WE STAND ON OUR MOTTO OF “WE SAVE OUR CLIENTS A TRIP TO THE MARKET AND THE COSTS OF THE HEALTHY, FRESH FOOD ITEMS THEY RECEIVE!”  and YOU can assist us in providing even better products for those less fortunate immediately!

We serve the indigent, homeless, needy, under privileged, disadvantaged, disabled persons, underserved, children, many in the Autism Spectrum and other afflictions. We conduct outreach to those living on the streets and offer benefits such as medical and mental health services, substance abuse treatment, social and psychological services, educational support to facilitate homeless student’s transition to school, transitional housing opportunities, and, eventually, permanent housing. We are serving our clients with mobile hot spot access to complete the necessary forms for service to those chronic homeless and those that do not have internet access to get them off the streets and rally support and create stabilized, lasting solutions.

We have massive list of clients that we communicate with daily through the same means that we now provide referrals, mail, email, phone, text and voice mail message service with and for our clients.

By way of our global accessible services, we have pioneered new, disruptive healing solutions that take advantage of each of our unique assets to rally our clients in support of our donors charitable causes.

We leverage private, corporate and foundation money, contacts, influence and in-kind contributions, as we engage and increase the collaborative involvement of our clients, the general public, business, non-profit community, and justice system forging a bond to work together to create solutions to improve the system of social interaction, personal treatment and health care by creating opportunities for collaboration and sharing of best practices among those invested in the improvement of homeless community to support and augment our efforts to reduce the barriers, to increase options and build service capacity for homeless benefits.

We engage our partners to provide other services that include tenant/landlord disputes, problems with food stamps and General Assistance, applying for SSI/SSDI disability benefits, immigration issues, arrest warrants & family law, towed cars, replacing lost IDs and other documents; additionally HAP social service volunteers and staff provide referrals for shelters, rehab programs and other social services benefits to which they are entitled.

The donations facilitate our efforts to fulfill our crucial financial and technical support needs that enables us to pursue our mission to also provide our services at no charge to other nonprofits and donors alike.

We have hundreds of daily uniquely distinctive, necessitous, and discrete web visitors to video chat, online chat, text, phone, email, and voice mail messages, to obtain precise information designed to relieve their concerns with confidential information and real help with specific performance in the form of any type of the most effective remedy in protecting the expectation interest of the clients. We are able to notice and communicate with 1,000’s via text message at a moments notice!

AMWF extends these various services and programs to the economically, mentally, and physically challenged; the poor and homeless; the undereducated and undeserved; people living with symptomatic HIV and AIDS; substance abuse; seniors 55 years and older; prenatal women; at risk youth; and homebound people living with serious illness.

Homeless encampment under the freeway on Peralta and 35th streets in Oakland, Calif.

We provide FREE groceries, clothing, shoes, hygiene kits, sleeping bags, blankets, medicine, and hot chef’s prepared gourmet meals to the homeless and homeless encampments and habitations of ALL kinds, from the streets to parks, from trees and bushes to alleys, from corners to ditches, from hand built shanties to tents under freeway overpasses!

We provide FREE groceries, bagged and hot chef’s prepared gourmet meals, plus the above, to the Oakland Safe Parking Program and the CAREavan Safe Parking Programs, among others, at local senior and community centers, and faith based organizations in an effort to provide families and/or individuals who have been displaced and are temporarily homeless, living in their vehicles and need a safe place to park and sleep overnight, with restrooms and an attendant present throughout the night at all of the locations.

We also provide food to those that had previously obtained necessary items at their Senior Center. But now that they’re closed are vital to the wellness of the community and senior population with our Food Bank program and Free Farmers Market Food Give-Aways.

The obvious challenge is firstly, THE WILL and DESIRE to address the needs of this segment of society! Then the allocated resources, including PEOPLE! One thing we’ve expierenced is a capacity challenge in terms of direct field workers whom have direct, first hand contact with those in need and followed by staffing. We have to ensure client safety as well as the safety of the food handlers, distributors, and drivers, so the food and meals are placed on tables, in boxes, at “doorsteps” and not handed to clients directly. We had a shortage before, and so scaling that is difficult to provide safer options during the COVID-19 pandemic, as most of these folks are already isolated in their prefered encampment but needs to serve three critical public health purposes:

1) Prioritize individuals experiencing homelessness who are asymptomatic, but are at high risk, such as people over 65 or who have certain underlying health conditions, and address their needs where they can more safely self-isolate even if it’s in their prefered encampment;

2) Provide isolation capacity, even in their prefered encampment, for individuals experiencing homelessness who have been exposed to COVID-19 (as documented by a state or local public health official, or medical health professional) that do not require hospitalization, but need isolation or quarantine even if in their prefered encampment; and

3) Provide isolation capacity for individuals experiencing homelessness who are COVID-19 positive, but who don’t need hospitalization. Their only choice is to return to a less regulated congregate shelter setting or back to their prefered encampment– both of which would lead to further spread of COVID-19.

Our team members, and the people we serve are of different race, faith, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation and income levels. AMWF by providing direct services, including providing nutritious food; edvocating for and participating in many relevant social service programs that promote the self-sufficiency of people in need; educating the general public about these issues, their causes and this partial solution while inspiring a consummate social conscience and honoring the dignity of every person. As part of that principal mission, AMWF works for basic economic survival security for all and the elimination of poverty by providing these services thus effecting societal and governmental policies that regulate the less fortunate to the bottom of the economic, social, health, and opportunity pyramid, with full understanding that any policy which affects the poorest of us affects all of us.

    We provide essential services to many inter-faith based organizations with the aim of bettering the condition of the less fortunate. In that spirit of outreach, we have supplied many Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Disabled, Unabled, multi-cultural, inter-faith based businesses and organizations with staples that are in turn distributed to the public, and these events are NOT only fundraisers, BUT MOST are totally free to the public, there is no charge for anything to anyone.

    AMWF features high-performing results in the invaluable areas of: youth development; elementary, secondary and college education; poverty alleviation; mental and physical health medical services; social services, as well as other economic-empowerment programs for individuals, families; and small businesses. 

    AMWF has forged an awareness and sustained an effort to connect those in dire need with service providers, donors, volunteers and nonprofit groups with these causes. We have taken community foundations and moved into social networking, reaching beyond static “bricks and mortar” to interactive Web sites to serve as a “dynamic virtual clearinghouses or town square” that holds conversations between those in NEED and their local charities, citizens, donors, and volunteers.

WE ARE and HAVE BEEN since 1970’s  a Furtile Oasis in a Barren Food Desert serving those MOST in NEED!