Every Wednesday afternoon hard-working volunteers from St Francis’ run a Food Pantry at the church for those in need of food. Visitors from three local zip codes have a one time registration with the San Francisco Food Bank, and then come to receive bags of healthy, nutritious groceries each week.
In June the St. Francis’ Food Pantry celebrated our 15th anniversary.
There are currently 186 households registered to receive food here on Wednesdays. We serve an average of 135 households per week. The Food Pantry continues to be an important outreach program in our parish.
The cost to run the pantry is around $10,000 annually. Funds come from our Santa Lucia fundraiser in December, a matching grant from our Outreach Endowment, deanery grants, and individual donations.
The other type of support that is equally important to the future of the Food Pantry is our staff of volunteers. We have a large number of parishioners, neighbors, and students who work tirelessly so that the clients receive their food in an organized, safe and friendly environment. On any given Wednesday we have between 20 and 30 volunteers.
Within the larger group we have a core group of volunteers and coordinators who have additional responsibilities. This group provides the leadership and coordination for everything that happens on Wednesdays, and fulfills the obligations we have to the Food Bank regarding our clients and the products we receive each week. We love to welcome new volunteers. Call the parish office to learn more.