As an essential service, the Food Bank continues to provide food for those with financial burdens during the COVID-19 pandemic. We increase those efforts with temporary and existing programs.
The following programs are put in place to increase food access during the pandemic:
Pop-up food pantries
We opened Pop-up pantries across San Francisco and Marin to accommodate large numbers of people who have lost access to food due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We opened 27 pop-ups (all still open), which served about 10 times more people than our regular pantries last year, including drive-thrus.
Home Delivered Groceries
Many of our senior participants were sheltering in place and no longer had access to their weekly pantries. Together with partners and Food Bank volunteers, we ramped up our Home Delivered Groceries program to provide groceries to about 12,000 homebound seniors each week last year. This year, this program is still going strong, providing groceries to 8,000+ homebound seniors.
Supporting existing pantries
We work closely with our pantry partners to help keep as many pantries open as possible so they can continue to serve participants.
By the Numbers
We have opened 27 Pop-up pantries many are Drive-thrus
We deliver groceries to 8,000+ seniors
There are over 52,000 households
receiving weekly groceries