December 27, 2016 > Davis Street delivers
Davis Street delivers
Submitted By Daniel Johnson
For 46 years, Davis Street, in collaboration with the Alameda County Fire Department, San Leandro Police Officers Association, local schools, clubs, faith-based communities, and businesses, has provided food baskets to more than 1,000 families throughout San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, and Castro Valley. The Holiday Basket Program provides families, seniors and children with a holiday feast: a turkey, fresh produce, seasonal goods, and new toys and gift cards for children.
On December 23rd, staff and volunteers began setting up for the 46th Annual Davis Street Holiday Basket Program at 6:30 a.m. to prepare for 1,000+ families. By 7 a.m. cars had already begun lining up in anticipation of the 10 a.m. distribution. Alameda County Fire Department and other community volunteers delivered food and toys to the lines of cars throughout the day. San Leandro Police Department provided traffic control for the line of cars that stretched around the corner of Alvarado down Teagarden Street.
Chief Executive Officer Rose Padilla Johnson said, "I'm thankful for the support of Alameda County Fire Department and the volunteers that truly make this possible. Despite the upturn in the economy it's clear how many people need our support. Today we provided Holiday Baskets to more than 250 seniors and 800 low-income families including 3,400 kids that probably wouldn't have received any new toys this Holiday Season."
Serving more than 15,000 individuals annually, Davis Street helps low-income families of the Eden area and surrounding communities to improve their quality of life through short and long-term assistance. Today, Davis Street provides a comprehensive safety net to assist clients navigate their journey in financial, physical, and mental well-being.Ê Davis Street programs include a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Primary Care Clinic providing medical, dental and behavioral health services; food and clothing; subsidized child care; housing and utility assistance and referrals; and five childcare centers.