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Kinship Youth Serving the Community

Helping to Feed Oakland Families


As part of its emphasis on the importance of community service and giving back, the Kinship Youth Program (KYP) at Family Support Services maintains a monthly effort to help provide assorted groceries to West Oakland families in need. This long-standing partnership with Taylor United Memorial Methodist Church generally takes place one weekend day each month and often serves over 100 families and individuals during each session. Taking place at Taylor Church in West Oakland, this effort involves organizing donated non-perishable food items, providing a hot lunch meal, setting-up, and cleaning-up the various food stations.

The above photos depict members of KYP’s Leadership Group involved in various parts of the service day. In photo 1, a KYP Senior Leader takes charge of arranging a table with pasta and macaroni, while other youth leaders work in the background with church elders and KYP Program Staff to sort other items. In photo 2, a KYP Junior Leader manages her assigned table and provides community members with information about the items and quantities available.

KYP Leaders also periodically organize food drives in local neighborhoods or in partnership with local Safeway locations. With the unfortunate scarcity of food available from our community food banks, this extra effort on the part of KYP’s Leadership crew provides crucial added food items that are desperately needed. 

KYP community service activities have also included local park clean-ups, community litter abatement, gardening at a local Senior Citizen's Center, and yard cleaning for elderly caregivers.