Hunger in San Francisco

Food Line


There's a common misunderstanding that only the homeless face hunger. But in a city as expensive as San Francisco, it's not easy to make ends meet. People in most every part of the city and from all walks of life, including hard-working people with low-wage jobs, can find themselves unable to afford all the food they need.

  • Not only the homeless
    Children, seniors, unemployed and low-wage workers make up the majority of those struggling with hunger. Only 17% of those receiving food through the Food Bank network are homeless.
  • Growing need
    The number of people at risk of hunger increased by 14% from 2008 to 2011.
  • Citywide problem
    We distribute food to programs throughout the city, because hunger exists in nearly every neighborhood.
  • "Food deserts"
    Many low-income neighborhoods lack an adequate number of grocery stores, leaving residents without a place to buy healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.