In collaboration with the San Francisco Food Bank, our Community Food Pantry was established in October 2010. This partnership developed because both organizations were interested in opening a food pantry in North Beach to address the needs of formerly homeless, low-income, senior, and disabled residents living in single room occupancies (SROs). The goals of the Community Food Pantry are to stave off eviction for individuals by decreasing the amount of money needed for food and increasing the amount of money available for rent.
Through the pantry, individuals can easily access fresh fruits, non-perishable items and many products that do not require cooking facilities. The SRO menu is tailored specifically to the unique needs of this population of individuals who often do not have access to cooking facilities and includes a diversity of fresh produce and grocery items.
During the 2013 fiscal year, the Community Food Pantry distributed a total of 4,096 bags, or 85,617 pounds, of food to low-income individuals residing in single-room occupancy residences within San Francisco’s North Beach and surrounding neighborhoods. With the weekly support of North Beach Citizens, pantry participants are less likely to face the difficult decision between purchasing food and paying rent, thus decreasing the probability of becoming homeless.
Terrilyn, a mother of two, is a part-time student at City College with a part time job in the Financial District. Struggling to make ends meet, Terrilyn was directed to our pantry by her neighbor, a long-time pantry participant. While she is relatively new to our pantry, Terrilyn comes every week to shop for her family and expresses her gratitude for finding our services. With our help, Terrilyn is able to provide nutritious foods such as, fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, eggs and fruit beverages to her young children. Recently, Terrilyn confided in our food pantry coordinator that with our help she is now able to save money on food costs and has been able to provide herself and her children with new school supplies.
The Community Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. to all those living in participating single room occupancies (SROs).
The participating SROs include:
– Balmoral Hotel #2
– Balmoral Hotel #3
– Casa Melissa
– Castro Hotel
– Columbus Hotel
– Entella Hotel
– Europa Hotel
– Golden Eagle Hotel
– Hunan Hotel
– Il Triangolo Hotel
– Marconi Hotel
– North Beach Hotel
– Tower Hotel
– Swiss American Hotel
To access our services, individuals living in the participating SRO’s must bring a recent rental receipt and a valid form of identification. All participants must fill out a short introduction survey and are given a food pantry identification card to access our services on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, our capacity does not allow individuals living in SRO’s not on this list to access the food pantry. Click here for a list of food pantries in your area.
We accept nonperishable food donations. For example, we accept all canned and dry goods items. Individuals are invited to donate items during our drop off hours between 9:30 and noon at our offices at 1034 Kearny Street.
We are grateful for those showing interest in volunteering at our food pantry. However, at this time we are unable to accept any new volunteers for the food pantry.
For more information about accessing services or volunteering at our Community Food Pantry, please contact the Community Food Pantry Coordinator, Tiffany Kim, by phone at 415.772.0918 ext. 104 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org