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San Francisco Food Bank Pleads for Help

You may have heard that the San Francisco Food Bank needs our help this holiday season.

Just as the number of people who need the assistance of the food bank is rising, donations have decreased as the price of food has increased and food manufacturers have become more efficient (less spare food to donate). Cuts by the national organization Second Harvest and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have also impacted the Food Bank.

San Francisco has approximately 150,000 people who are “food insecure,” many of them families with children.

The Food Bank’s supplies of dry goods – cereals, canned goods, healthy snacks – are down 15% from this time last year. You can help by donating non-perishable food items – canned meats, fish, stews, peanut butter and other high protein items – at the Food Bank’s warehouse at 900 Pennsylvania Avenue (call first, 415-282-1900) or at one of these other convenient locations for Rincon Hill residents:

  • Embarcadero YMCA at 169 Steuart Street, 415-957-9622
  • Safeway, 145 Jackson Street (at Front Street), 415-982-3112
  • Safeway, 298 King Street (at 4th Street), 415-633-1001
  • Whole Foods Market, 399 4th Street (at Harrison Street), 415-618-0066

Even better (and easier), you can make a financial donation – for every $1 donated, the Food Bank distributes $9 worth of food. Do me a favor and type our neighborhood association name, Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association, under the Food Drive/Event Information at the bottom of the online donation form (choose General Food Drive/Event in the drop-down and type in Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association as the Organization Name) just for the sake of showing the Food Bank that Rincon Hill residents care.

Please be generous to neighbors in need this holiday season.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone helped to organize a volunteer weekend event at the San Francisco Food Bank for Rincon Hill neighbors? Any takers? Let me know at RinconHill@Gmail.com

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