Battle Against Hunger in SF and Marin Receives a Big Boost from the Military

October 4, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (October 4, 2017) – As the San Francisco Bay Area readies itself for a massive influx of military personnel as part of Fleet Week festivities, we at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank are making preparations of our own.  Dozens of members of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps will descend on our warehouse this Wednesday, October 4 — at precisely 0900 hours — to take part in one of our more vigorous volunteer shifts.

Marines and Navy personnel will be on “active duty” – working alongside civilian volunteers – gleaning and boxing some of the fresh produce we distribute to 30,000 households each week.  During the two-hour shift, these men and women in uniform will pack THOUSANDS of pounds of fruit and/or vegetables.

Recent studies show one in four military households in the U.S. receive assistance from a food bank.

“Last year was the first time we had Fleet Week participants volunteering in our warehouse and it was a very rewarding experience.  We can’t wait to welcome back the men and women who fight for our freedom.” Said Paul Ash, Executive Director of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

WHO:  Dozens of Fleet Week military members in uniform arriving at the Food Bank in an armored vehicle, ready for action.

WHAT:  A 2-hour volunteer shift inside our warehouse.

WHERE:  The Food Bank’s San Francisco warehouse at 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94107

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 4, 2016.  9:00am – 11:00am


About the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four neighbors is at risk of hunger. We envision a community where everyone is able to obtain enough nutritious food in a dignified manner to support the health and well-being of themselves and their families. We address hunger head on: from our pantry network and home-delivered groceries, to our nutrition-education classes and CalFresh food-stamp enrollment, we work in many ways to nourish and empower neighbors in need. Every week, 30,000 households count on us for food assistance. Nearly 60 percent of what we distribute is fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more at

Media kit:

Mark Seelig, PR Manager, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
(office) 415-282-1907 x270; (cell) 415-246-9146