San Francisco – Marin Food Bank Year-End Fundraising Needs Community Boost
60% of the Food Bank’s Annual Budget Needs Raising Before End of 2021
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 27, 2021) The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank (SFMFB) faces increased challenges during the giving season from the persistent high need for food assistance. Pandemic-related food insecurity in the Bay Area continues and is intensified by supply chain impacts, causing the food bank’s budget to increase by 50% in 2021.
Higher transportation costs and food prices, food scarcity, and labor shortages compound the Food Bank’s ability to combat food insecurity. The overall impact results in higher Food Bank expenses to fulfill the current need for food assistance in San Francisco and Marin.
“We need to raise 60% of our annual budget in the last few days of the year to fulfill the financial goals required to meet the needs of our community,” said Tanis Crosby, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank Executive Director. “We’re working to keep up with rising food prices from supply chain problems, but it all puts a huge strain on our financial resources, making year-end giving more critical, and with the Omicron variant surging, we are deeply concerned that the need for food assistance will keep growing into a significant part of 2022. We’re asking everyone in the community to step up and give whatever they can and join us in ending hunger,” she added.
The Bay Area pandemic-related economic effects have not waned. Every week, the Food Bank distributes one million meals to over 50,000 households. In comparison, before the pandemic, the Food Bank served 32,000 households per week.
The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is sending out a call for monetary donations to meet its year-end fundraising goal. During December, every dollar donated will be triple-matched. To donate, visit: https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/, to volunteer, please visit: https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/volunteer/.
Available for phone and in-person interviews: Barbara Abbot, Vice President of Supply Chain for the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO-MARIN FOOD BANK
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin. Before the pandemic, one in five neighbors was at risk of hunger. We address hunger head-on – from our pantry network and home-delivered groceries to CalFresh enrollment. Every week, over 50,000 households count on us for food assistance. Nearly 60 percent of what we distribute is fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more at www.sfmfoodbank.org