The Issue: Food Insecurity in San Francisco and Marin
One in every four residents of San Francisco and Marin is in need of food assistance, according to U.S. Census data. The San Francisco and Marin Food Banks use a benchmark of 185% of the federal poverty level to calculate how many people in the community likely need help obtaining enough food. The economic downturn, coupled with the notoriously high cost of living in the Bay Area, have made the issue of food insecurity all the more pressing in recent years.
The Campaign: Distributing Food to Families In Need
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks to provide nutritious meals for individuals and families in need of food assistance. For every $10 dollars donated, the organization is able to distribute $60 worth of food—enough for 30 full meals.
SF-Marin Food Bank
It’s 10:15 a.m. at West Marin Elementary School and the children in Luis Burgos’ class have begun to eat their midmorning snack. Perhaps mandarin oranges, string cheese, or baby carrots, the snack—provided to everyone thanks to SF-Marin Food Bank—helps the youngsters stay focused throughout the day, particularly if they haven't been getting enough to eat at home. Such effective simplicity is emblematic of the Food Bank's quest to end hunger across its community.
The Food Bank concentrates the power of 450 partner organizations, more than 130 dedicated staff members, and 25,000 volunteers to that singular purpose. This network ensures community partners such as West Marin Elementary, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, Calvary United Methodist Church, and more than 240 food pantries have enough to distribute every day. Last year alone, the organization provided 46 million pounds of food to more than 225,000 people in the course of the year—including 11,000 children through the Morning Snack Program and more than 300 homebound seniors—adding up to more than 105,000 meals each day.