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.”
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Listen to (or read) this story by Jen Chien for Crosscurrents, which aired today on San Francisco’s public radio station, KALW. It’s all about The Food Pantry, (“San Francisco Food Pantry Fosters Connection in Hard Times”) and features interviews with our volunteers and many of the people who use the pantry.
An excerpt: “The diversity in the line outside the Food Pantry is matched by an equal diversity inside the church. The volunteers who run the pantry are from many different backgrounds. They start arriving at 8am to organize and prepare groceries. The bounty is impressive, with piles of red bell peppers, oranges, bags of broccoli florets, cabbages, tomatoes, cantaloupes, dried fruit, brown rice, canned beans, bread, and frozen salmon filets.The volunteers take several hours to sort and prepare the groceries for distribution. Then they break for a communal lunch before the first wave of recipients comes in at noon. The whole atmosphere of the place is joyous and friendly, with people smiling and chatting as they work….”