David Arquette, Laila Ali, Nomar Garciaparra, Jay Bilas and Spencer Day Volunteer!

Today our Youth with a Mission grocery pantry was all abuzz. The tables were set up with a big selection of beautiful produce, and slightly nervous volunteers were at the ready…

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The big difference from a normal Thursday? Today some celebrities who care deeply about hunger were turning out to call attention to the important work SF Food Bank does – and to help distribute food…

TV and film star David Arquette; boxer and “Dancing with the Stars” alum Laila Ali; Oakland A’s player Nomar Garciapara; ESPN anchor Jay Bilas; and singer Spencer Day all pitched in at the Tenderloin-based pantry…

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But they weren’t alone. A flock of TV news cameras and reporters were there to cover the story, shedding light on the great work our Programs staff and volunteers (all superstars themselves!) do every day.

Many thanks to international nonprofit ONEXONE and the national organization of food banks, Feeding America, which organized the event. The heads of those two organizations, Joey Adler and Vicki Escarra, volunteered today as well.

Another New Grocery Pantry Opens in the Sunset!

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San Francisco Food Bank welcomed a new grocery pantry this past weekend at First United Presbyterian Church in the Sunset District.

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This community-centered church already offers ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and its parishioners are excited to be able to better serve their community by providing free groceries to those in need. Word is spreading and client numbers are already climbing as the pantry gets rolling.

Pantry movement

This past Saturday, pantry volunteers met clients with big, welcoming smiles as they distributed lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, taco seasoning, cucumbers, luncheon meat, flavored water, yams and cabbage.

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A variety of volunteers who spoke Taiwanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog and Korean were available to share recipes and give clients information on the many uses of taco seasoning!

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At the San Francisco Food Bank, we’re proud that we’ve been able to reach out to diverse neighborhoods and communities. At many grocery pantries, we serve clients who speak a wide range of languages and have diverging food needs. We try to provide culturally appropriate food items (for example, beans for Latino clients and rice for Asian clients), but we also work to educate people about tasty, nutritious food items they might not be familiar with.

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Congratulations to the hard-working volunteers at First United Presbyterian Church and our tireless Programs staff for launching another successful grocery pantry!

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