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Our 25th Anniversary Gala Honoree – The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

October 17, 2012
Stephen Bechtel, Jr..
Stephen Bechtel, Jr. provides hands-on help at a holiday food drive in 1989.

We are delighted to honor the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation at our 25th Anniversary Gala. The Bechtel family has been among the Food Bank’s strongest supporters. In addition to their personal commitment, they have led the involvement of two family-affiliated companies, Fremont Group and Bechtel Group.

This support began in 1988 with Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., the third-generation leader of the family’s businesses. He convened the inaugural kick-off event to engage corporate support for the Food Bank’s holiday campaign. In 1993, Riley Bechtel built on his father’s efforts by bringing together corporate, foundation and civic leaders for the capital campaign that funded our current distribution center. More recently, Fremont Group has been the top fund-raiser in the Food from the Bar campaign over the past five years.

For our 25th Anniversary Gala, we chose to honor the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, which is led by Lauren Bechtel Dachs. Since 2004, the Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 in grants to support the Food Bank's mission.

The Foundation has been a safety net throughout the recession by significantly increasing its support. For example, last year the Foundation increased its annual giving by more than 20 percent to support our Healthy Children Pantries and Neighborhood Pantries.

The Foundation has also joined with us on advocacy efforts to promote systemic solutions to hunger. They were key supporters of our School Meals Assessment on behalf of the San Francisco Unified School District, contributing $75,000 for two years in a row.

We are grateful to have the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation as an effective champion and partner in the fight against hunger.