OAKLAND -- The fourth annual F.A.S.T. (For A Safe Town) festival dedicated to healing community-police relations and improving health and nutrition will be held noon to 6 p.m. at Verdese Carter Park in East Oakland.
"Get Fresh Stay Healthy" is the theme of this year's F.A.S.T. event, which "is yet another tool to combat violence and poor nutrition in our community," said Olis Simmons, president and chief executive officer of Youth UpRising, the East Oakland neighborhood transformation center. "We have to do more to counterbalance the negative images of Oakland and the violence that impacts us all."
Simmons said F.A.S.T. is the result of Youth UpRising's partnership with the Oakland Police Department, public officials, city agencies, community-based organizations, employers and Oakland residents. This year, Youth UpRising partnered with the Alameda County Social Services Agency's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to promote health, fitness and nutrition resources with city's flatland residents.
There will be resources, food, kids games, dance and entertainment. Verdese Carter Park is at Bancroft and 98th avenues.