Posted by Dan Davies on Aug 15, 2021
Food insecurity affects children, seniors, and their families, and the pandemic has exacerbated the problem 1. This year, over 42 million people may experience food insecurity, possibly including 13 million children 2.

The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank has a mission to build a hunger-free future and distributes food at over 307 pantries in the San Francisco and Marin areas. They provide access to nutritious foods including over 50 types of fruits and vegetables, education on how to prepare healthy meals on a budget, and they also advocate for policy reform on local, state, and national levels to assist people at risk of hunger. Last year, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank provided 80.2 million pounds of food to people in need.
The Rotary Club of San Francisco has been a long-time partner of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. In 2020, members of our Club volunteered at the Food Bank to bag 20,340 pounds of food and deliver enough food for 16,950 meals to children, families, and seniors.
On Saturday, August 14, 2021, members of our Club along with guests gathered again at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank to box food packages. The volunteer team boxed 560 boxes, which will be shipped to seniors on a fixed income in San Francisco and Marin Counties. Previously, the Food Bank provided these food boxes to 360 seniors each month. Now, with the increased need, the Food Bank has increased its efforts and provides over 12,000 seniors with the food boxes - over a 30-fold increase!

The Food Bank is planning a warehouse expansion to ramp up its capacity to meet growing needs, and they need more volunteers to support their growth. The Rotary Club of San Francisco is proud to be a partner of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and will continue to provide service and support the good work that they do.