Meet Aunti Frances
The sliver of land has been a community gathering space for decades. The program coordinates a free meal every week, plans community events for the neighborhood, and supports the people of Driver Plaza with legal and housing services.
The weekly meal brings together several generations of Oakland families and community members to share in the work and love of Self-Help Hunger Program's weekly meal. Some people cook with Aunti Frances, others serve, and others help with cleaning up and doing dishes when the meal is done. Often times, lawyers and legal clinicians from East Bay Community Law Center also provide free legal counseling services
Aunti Frances is vital to the life of the neighborhood.
As a memory-keeper and storyteller, Aunti Frances preserves our history even as our city faces so many rapid changes. She is part of the glue that keeps longtime Oaklanders in their homes, fed and nourished, while pulling in new folks to join her communities with compassion and love. If she loses her tenancy and is forced to leave North Oakland, it is certain that our block and our whole neighborhood will suffer a devastating loss.