SAN FRANCISCO (November 28) – Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, “Giving Tuesday” is a global day of giving – the charitable answer to the more commercialized events of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.” It’s a day when many people focus on making a difference in their communities through volunteering and/or charitable giving.
This year, Giving Tuesday will be a busy time at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, as large groups of volunteers who signed up for this particular day months in advance will be on hand packing and sorting food. Volunteers will be joined by a special guest, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee.
The Mayor will take a short tour of the Food Bank warehouse, then will roll up his sleeves and sort food alongside volunteers.
“We know that hunger doesn’t end on the day after Thanksgiving,” says Food Bank Executive Director Paul Ash. “That’s why we embrace days like Giving Tuesday. It helps us and our supporters focus on giving, so we can feed neighbors in need year round.”
“We are always working to provide food security for our residents, but these efforts take on particular urgency during this time of the year,” said Mayor Lee. “The holiday season is all about helping out those who are less fortunate, and Giving Tuesday is a celebration of that spirit.”
WHO: Mayor Ed Lee, Food Bank Executive Director Paul Ash, and dozens of volunteers
WHAT: Mayor Ed Lee tours the Food Bank and sorts food in our warehouse. He and Food Bank Executive Director Paul Ash will make a few statements about charitable giving this time of year.
WHEN: November 28, 2017 11:00am-12:00pm
WHERE: 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94107
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 www.sfmfoodbank.org
Mark Seelig, Manager of Public Relations
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
(office) 415-282-1907 x270; (cell) 415-246-9146