The Issue: Food Insecurity in San Francisco and Marin
One in four residents of San Francisco and Marin is in need of food assistance. More than 270,000 are living below the common benchmark of 185% of the federal poverty level—a level that does not fully account for the unique high cost of living in the area. Yet SF-Marin Food Bank tries to obtain enough food for 48%. This is because the Food Bank uses a benchmark of 185% of the federal poverty level to calculate how many people in the community could likely use food assistance. For a family of three, that’s an income of no more than $36,130—an amount that proves challenging to live off of in the notoriously expensive Bay Area.
The Campaign: Distributing Food to Underserved Families
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by SF-Marin Food Bank to provide nutritious meals for people in need of food assistance. For every $10 donated, SF-Marin Food Bank can distribute 30 meals throughout San Francisco and Marin. The food goes to local programs that serve more than 147,000 people in an average week, including homebound seniors, schoolchildren, and families who get their produce and groceries through weekly farmers’ market-style pantries.
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.