San Francisco-Marin Food Bank Announces Giving Tuesday Match from Wells Fargo
All Gifts Tripled up to $25,000
San Francisco, CA (November 27, 2023) – The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is teaming up with Wells Fargo to offer a triple match this Giving Tuesday, November 28, for all donations up to $25,000. Normally, a $1 donation to the Food Bank provides enough food for two meals – but this Giving Tuesday, a $1 donation will provide six meals for neighbors across San Francisco and Marin. That means a $50 donation will provide enough food for 300 meals!
This generous match comes at a critical time: the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is now spending four times more on food than it was in 2019, and child poverty more than doubled between 2021 and 2022. Inflation combined with declining support for food security programs at all levels of government is hitting both food banks and participants hard. The Food Bank recently surveyed over 9,000 of its participants to learn more about the landscape of hunger in the region and learned:
- 83% of participants sometimes or often worry about running out of food.
- 60% of households have at least one person working, showing unemployment is not the driver of food insecurity.
- 61% of participants could not cover a $400 emergency expense. That number is even starker for people who identify as Black or Latinx – 85% and 76% respectively could not cover a $400 expense.
- 54% reported buying less food because of the rising cost of groceries.
The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is also seeing a decline in private donations, and it encourages supporters to join hands and invest in their community this Giving Tuesday.
“The Food Bank and our participants are struggling right now. But I’m continually awed by what our community can do when we band together to uplift our neighbors,” said Tanis Crosby, Executive Director of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. “Wells Fargo’s triple match is a critical part of empowering people to create real, lasting change in the lives of those facing hunger.”
Donating to the Food Bank will support services for neighbors across San Francisco and Marin. The Food Bank works with 345 community partners to bring food to 250+ pantries across both counties and home-delivers groceries to seniors, people with disabilities, and other homebound participants. More than 70% of what it distributes is fresh produce. It also helps eligible people sign up for CalFresh (food stamps), an essential anti-hunger tool that puts money for food directly into people’s pockets. The Food Bank doesn’t just work to manage hunger: it addresses the root causes of food insecurity by advocating at all levels of government to create real, lasting policy change.
To learn more or to donate, visit sfmfoodbank.org.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO-MARIN FOOD BANK
The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where even before the pandemic, one in five neighbors was at risk of hunger. We envision a community where everyone has access to nutritious food of their choosing and is uplifted by a network of support. Together with community partners, we work to address hunger head-on through neighborhood food pantries, CalFresh enrollment, home-delivered groceries, and policy and advocacy efforts. We work with our community to create lasting solutions to address both the hunger we see today and the root causes that perpetuate food insecurity in our society. Every week, 50,000+ households count on us for food assistance. More than 70% of what we distribute is fresh fruits and vegetables. Visit sfmfoodbank.org to learn more.
Senior Communications Manager, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
O: 415-282-1900, ext. 292