Secured nonprofit status; previously a project of the San Francisco Council of Churches
Paul Ash joined as executive director; Provided emergency food after the Loma Prieta Earthquake
Moved to our San Francisco warehouse at 900 Pennsylvania Avenue; Launched Immigrant Food Assistance
Introduced Pantry Network to reach neighborhoods with the greatest need. Food is distributed weekly in a farmers market style.
Initiated direct relationships with farmers and packers, greatly increasing distribution of fresh produce
Expanded Pantry Network to schools and community centers to reach more families with children
Distributed more than 80 million pounds of food over two decades, enough for 67 million meals
Began teaching classes about how to prepare healthy meals and snacks on a budget
Started helping community members enroll in CalFresh (food stamps)
The San Francisco Food Bank merged with the Marin Community Food Bank. Within five years, the amount of food distributed to needy families in Marin tripled.
Expanded the program citywide to support better health, reduce isolation, and increase self-sufficiency for seniors and adults with disabilities
Collaborated with health clinics to connect patients with free groceries, nutrition education, and CalFresh (food stamps)
Connected students with healthy foods and CalFresh (food stamps) to improve their nutrition and boost academic achievement