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Eastern Span by Rick Paulas, "a neo-noir novel set in Oakland, circa 2013-14" follows Pug, a member of the working class who is searching for a long-lost friend, and ends up uncovering a housing conspiracy on the way.
Author Rick Paulas lives in Oakland, and his work has been featured in Wired, VICE, The New York Times, and more. The novel is available to purchase online. Each download, which includes original artwork by local artists, is available for free, and/or for a "pay-what-you-want" donation, which will go to one of six organizations supporting the homeless in Oakland. St. Vincent de Paul is grateful to be on of those organizations. If you'd like to supply a donation to SVdP, please specify when you make the payment.
This is a great opportunity to support local talent, while giving back to St. Vincent de Paul, so we can continue our basic needs services for the homeless and low-income families, and assist in eviction prevention. Thank you to Rick Paulas for demonstrating a creative way to support local nonprofits. Your work means so much to the community!
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Jack Dice is the Muffin Man. He’s one of many who regularly pick up donated food from distributors in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and deliver it to organized food programs in Oakland. He recently made a delivery to SVdP with his granddaughter and shared a bit of the history of the Muffin People:
“When we started thirty years ago the big thing for breakfast was muffins. You could get muffins everywhere. One day we brought food over to St. Mary’s Center and one of the ladies started saying “Here comes the muffin man!” and it stuck! We became the Muffin People since ladies joined and we made it gender neutral. It takes 23 vehicles a week to do this. We bring food six days a week and on the seventh day ECAP (Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program) makes our run. I set that up for them. We drive to four different organizations: SVdP, St. Mary’s Center, ECAP and A Friendly Manor. We’re always looking for new people!”
Our dining room guests love the treats the Muffin People bring, and the cupcakes from Suzie Cakes are especially popular. Thank you to Jack and the Muffin People for finding a creative way to decrease food waste through food reclamation and for helping our community!