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Archive for November, 2009
The Food Pantry will be CLOSED November 27 (the Friday after Thanksgiving) December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Years Day.)
The Food Pantry celebrated our ninth anniversary at St. Gregory’s on Friday November 6, welcoming old friends and new volunteers, visitors and long-time supporters. Our profound thank you to everyone who has given time, money, prayer, encouragement and presence to The Food Pantry over the years. The report below is from our volunteer Virginia Giblin:
Autumn is here and the watermelons are replaced by winter squash and leafy greens, though the onions and potatoes and apples remain. The Pantry is a slower, calmer place; the bags of groceries are more manageable as we shift into a comfort level with our new system of serving the hungry people within our San Francisco community. This allows us more time to make eye contact, say hello, lend a hand and be both human and kind in these trying times.
Hard to believe that today the Pantry commemorated its NINTH anniversary. A brief celebratory service was held, replete with the sharing of wine and – of course! – bread, blessed by Steve Hassett (English) Connie Lam (Cantonese) and Anibal Mejia (Spanish.) The deepening of community from the core circle of providers to the wider circle of St. Gregory’s, and out into the streets of San Francisco is what transpired today. Everywhere is blessing-– we need only quietly go within to know. Then sing and feast, however simply, then give thanks. These troubling times too shall surely pass.