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….”
The Food Pantry will be closed on November 25 (the day after Thanksgiving), December 23 (the Friday before Christmas) and December 30 (the Friday before New Years.)
If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for family and friends, consider making a donation to The Food Pantry in a loved one’s name. Send us a donation, along with the name and address of the person you’d like to honor, and we will send them a beautiful notecard, letting them know that you’ve made a gift in their name.
You can make a donation of any amount: $50 will buy groceries for a hungry family for a whole year! Send your checks and notecard requests to: The Food Pantry, 500 DeHaro Street, San Francisco CA 94107, or use the “donate” button on our website. Thank you for sharing the holidays with others, and helping us bring about PEACE ON EARTH, AND FOOD FOR ALL.
Unlike many programs that rely on canned goods and processed foods, The Food Pantry gives away mostly fresh fruits and vegetables. Thanks to the San Francisco Food Bank and its network of local farmers, we distribute literally tons of delicious, healthy produce every single week. And we’re always grateful for smaller, super-local donations from backyard gardeners, who share their extra produce with us: if you live in San Francisco and want to donate fruit or vegetables from your garden, give us a call!
Winter means we go back to our roots in a big way: yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, turnips and beets….and greens to keep it all fresh. For fruit we have apples and pears, and the last of the grapes, with citrus of all kinds starting to come in. It makes a big difference to the families we serve when they can eat real food instead of packaged food.