The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation is a non-denominational, multi-cultural,100% volunteer financed and operated relief organization with headquarters in Oakland, California, that delivers 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. Our Programs promote fairness and equality of opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin or ethnic background, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, or HIV status in the areas of education, employment, housing and public and private services and do not discriminate on any basis. We offer charitable assistance to the general public in matters relating to obtaining, maintaining, and generally improving the social, economic, familial and educational conditions of those we serve. What We Do During our 60-year history since our founding in 1950’s, AMWF has always been a private organization dedicated to helping hungry and needy people by providing millions of pounds of food and other essentials to children and families in Northern California.
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The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Community Food Bank (A & MW), a multi-ethnic, multi-issue community-based organization, continues to carry out its 20 year mission of a society in which all persons flourish as it provides and refers comprehensive services -- in collaboration with other hunger, health care, housing, violence, abuse, counseling, senior, youth, women, children, civil rights, employment, and education response agencies -- to thousands of men, women and children living in San Francisco/ Oakland Bay Area in California to help transform the lives of people in need. A & MW extends these various services and programs to the economically, mentally, and physically challenged; the poor and homeless; the undereducated and underserved; people living with symptomatic HIV and AIDS; substance abuse; seniors 55 years and older; pre-natal women; at risk youth; and homebound people living with serious illness. Our members, and the people we serve are of different race, faith, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation and income levels. A & MW 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 consumate social conscience and honoring the dignity of every person. As part of that principal mission, A & MW 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. By catering to everyone we have built many allies with statewide and national anti-hunger organizations to support legislation addressing low-income people's food needs. In doing so, we help build power in our communities and win institutional changes on the issues that affect our lives as we provide fresh, hot, nutritious meals and bags of groceries with healthy meat, fish, breads, perishable and non-perishable food, such as canned vegetables and fruits, tuna fish, peanut butter, rice, dry beans and pasta, at a location near their home that are served to anyone without restriction.
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