Get Food or Start a Pantry
If you need food, please call 211 in San Francisco; our pantry is full and we cannot register new people.
We welcome individual volunteers of all ages, but we cannot take groups. If you can speak Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog or Russian your language skills will be a big help. Come any Friday from 12 noon until 3PM to volunteer…no need to call ahead of time, just show up and ask for the volunteer in charge. We are located at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro Street, on the corner of Mariposa Street in Potrero Hill (San Francisco) near the #19 and #22 MUNI.
To locate other food pantries in San Francisco, call 211 any time, and find a food pantry near you or a place that serves free meals.
Start a Pantry
There’s no single magic formula that can tell you how to run a food pantry; our strong belief is that the most lasting programs are those designed and run by the people who use them, in response to actual community needs. We know that each community is different, so we encourage you, as a first step, to talk to people about what they need, and what kinds of programs they are looking for.
If you’re in the United States, you then can visit Feeding America, which is the national network of food banks (central distribution points that provide food to pantries and other food programs, at very low cost.) You can type in your zip code and find the food bank nearest you: they will tell you about specific policies, requirements, and issues in your area, and help you with all the logistics of setting up a pantry where you are.
We also encourage you to visit other pantries and food programs in your community, and ask them to talk with you frankly about what works, what doesn’t work, what they wish they could change. If you’re in San Francisco, we welcome you to visit The Food Pantry–just email us and set up a date to visit. We are glad to share our experiences, and, if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, help you with advice and training.