Archive for the The Food Pantry

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

See this wonderful story about The Food Pantry from KQED’s “Bay Area Bites,” which calls us “a sort of free pop-up farmers’ market for the poor.”


Monday, November 12th, 2012

The Food Pantry will be closed the Friday after Thanksgiving. We’re grateful for all of our volunteers, and the whole community that makes this work possible.

You can support us through the holidays by making a donation: it costs us just $1 to provide groceries for a family for a week, and your $50 gift will help feed a family for a whole year.

Please make checks to The Food Pantry, and mail to 500 DeHaro, San Francisco CA 94107. All donations are tax-deductible.

We give thanks for you!

Fall/Winter 2012: Seasonal Eating

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Most of the food we give away is fresh produce

Unlike many programs that rely on processed foods and canned goods, The Food Pantry gives away mostly fresh fruits and vegetables. Thanks to the San Francisco Food Bank and its network of farmers, we give away literally tons of delicious, healthy produce every single week. And we’re always grateful for smaller, super-local donations from neighbors who offer us apples, figs, lemons and more from their backyard gardens. If you live in San Francisco and want to share what you grow, give us a call!

We’re still enjoying the last of a spectacular watermelon crop. Soon the citrus will come in, along with apples and pears, cabbage, turnips, potatoes, yams, beets and greens. In every season, we’re so glad to be able to give real, fresh food to the families we serve.

Fall/Winter 2012: Behind The Scenes

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Food Runners delivers

Every Thursday, we get a call from Paul O’Malley, a volunteer driver with the San Francisco-based Food Runners. “I got your bread,” he says. “Dropped it off, see you next week!” And there, at the door of St. Gregory’s, are large bags full of fresh whole-grain loaves, baguettes, rye rounds, and seeded rolls.

Food Runners is a brilliantly simple and incredibly effective nonprofit started in 1987 by chef and cooking school instructor Mary Risley, who was appalled by the waste she saw in restaurants. She persuaded some colleagues in the industry to save their excess food instead of throwing it away, so she and a few friends could pick it up in their cars for delivery to local shelters and food programs. Today, Food Runners has over 200 volunteers like Paul, who make runs in their own vehicles, as well as its own truck and driver for large pickups. In San Francisco, more than 250 restaurants, bakeries, groceries, caterers, company cafeterias and farmers’ markets regularly donate perishable food that would otherwise be thrown out…as do individuals with food left over from one-time events like weddings, company picnics, holiday parties or bar mitzvahs. Food Runners collects it all, and brings the food to hundreds of pantries, after-school programs, shelters, soup kitchens, and children’s centers.

Coordinating, dispatching and arranging pickups and deliveries is the work of Nancy Hahn, director of operations for Food Runners and a passionate supporter of groups like The Food Pantry. “We want to prevent waste and build community,” she says. “Why throw away perfectly good food? There are hungry people who could really use it right now.”

Nancy sends The Food Pantry plenty of bread every week, and she calls us when she has unexpected bounty: last month it was surplus box lunches from a week of conventions, with gourmet sandwiches and cookies, as well as huge untouched trays of cheese and fruit. “600 lunches at the Palace. 600 at the Grand Hyatt. Another 150 at the Marriott,” says Nancy. “It was positively raining food!”

If you live in San Francisco and have food to donate, call Food Runners….a smiling volunteer will come pick it up! If you have time to offer, call Food Runners…Nancy will send you to collect food and deliver it to someone who needs it. You might even find yourself at The Food Pantry, where a grateful group of our volunteers will help unload your car. Food Runners, 415-929-1866.

12th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Come celebrate with us as we mark our twelfth anniversary! Friday, November 2 at 11:45 AM….

Volunteers and Visitors

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Our volunteer, Angel, helps one of our visitors, a month before her 101st birthday!

The Cabbage Lady

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Thank you to Wanda….our cabbage lady yesterday, and the best-dressed volunteer at The Food Pantry!

We’re so grateful for all the volunteers who make The Food Pantry happen every Friday. If you’re interested in helping us out, please let us know!

Our beautiful volunteer Wanda

Foodies and The Food Pantry

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Saturday July 28, the NEW TASTE MARKETPLACE, a monthly fundraiser for The Food Pantry, returns to St. Gregory’s from 2PM-7PM with more than twenty local chefs, bakers, food trucks and artisan food producers. Come eat, drink, buy treats to take home, and sample everything from Meyer lemon-blueberry pie, Madagascar chocolates, and caramel popcorn to bourbon-bacon BLTs, Southeast Asian charcuterie and tandoori lamb.

New Taste Marketplace happens the fourth Saturday of every month, from 2PM-7PM. 500 DeHaro St. San Francisco CA 94107.

Peace on earth, and delicious food for all!

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The Food Pantry is run by a remarkable community of volunteers, who offer their hearts and souls, hard work, inventiveness, brains, language skills, patience, good humor, kindness and common sense every Friday to make it all happen.

This week we celebrated their contributions with a backyard picnic, giving thanks for the more than forty people of all ages whose contributions every week make The Food Pantry such a special place.

Daily Bread

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Every week we give away hundreds and hundreds of pounds of fresh bread. Most of it is donated by local bakeries and stores––we get huge bags of  whole wheat, sourdough, multigrain, raisin, pumpernickel and white loaves;  crumpets, croissants, danishes, rolls and muffins; tortillas, naan, pita and lavash; bagels and bialys, rounds and rings. Thanks to all our bakers, drivers, and donors who make it possible to feed the people with such fresh and delicious daily bread!