Stories that inspired us in 2010

5-year olds Ethan, Emily and Sophia taught us that you don't have to be big to make a big difference.

This past year, the need for food was staggering. We constantly broke our all-time monthly record for the most food delivered to hungry families in San Francisco and Marin, distributing millions of pounds of food every month.

How did we do it? With the help of amazing volunteers, donors and clients who constantly inspire us. Here are the people – and the stories – that will continue to inspire us to work even harder in 2011, not stopping until hunger in our community is truly a thing of the past:

Inspiration #1

There were a few tears shed in our office when this letter arrived…

Tamar and Ginger, thank you - and we’re so glad things are looking up for you!

Inspiration #2

Toan Lam, of GoInspireGo made this video about Herman Travis, who noticed that homebound seniors in his public housing community needed food and took it upon himself to see that they received it…

Read more about Herman and his good deeds here.

Inspiration #3

The pre-schoolers at With Care Child Care reminded us that, no matter how small you are, you can make a huge difference. See how they did it in this GoInspireGo video…

Read more about these amazing With Care kids and their teacher, Kathleen, here.

Inspiration #4

The story of pantry client “Ginny” and her teenage son reminded us of how important every single vegetable is…

“Ma, you got anything to eat?” And sad to say, a lot of times it’s like, “Mom, there’s nothing to eat.” That’s the worst thing, when your child is hungry and he can’t just get something to eat when he wants it. A lot of times, I eat less and sometimes don’t even eat so he can have something.

If we didn’t have the food bank, it would be a lot worse for my son. He’s a growing kid, he’s always hungry! And I’m always like, look, you gotta save something for another day. At our food bank here, we get vegetables and rice and a couple of things of juice. I appreciate it all, but you have to make it last. What I’ll do with certain kinds of vegetables we get – like onions, celery and bell pepper – is wash it off, soak it, cut it all up and freeze it. That way, it can stretch…

Read more of Ginny’s story here.

Inspiration #5

When we put out a call for people to write letters of hope and support that would go to our clients along with Thanksgiving groceries, thousands of letters flooded in, including one from San Francisco 49er Kevin Jurovich and a stack of letters and drawings from school children, some even in Spanish and Chinese… 

Read more about the Thanksgiving notes here.

 

Inspiration #6

Behind every one of our 200+ neighborhood grocery pantries are the volunteer pantry coordinators who take on the tremendous job of getting the food distributed every week. Here’s how a coordinator at one of our newest Healthy Children pantries sees the impact it’s making on a school in Marin…

A lot of people would probably be surprised to see the hunger and homelessness we encounter. It’s a wake-up call, especially here in Marin County. We discovered that we had between 100 and 110 homeless students at our school at any given time, and the only meals they ate were from our cafeteria. So not only were the students not getting a meal before or after school, the rest of their family wasn’t, either. That kind of instability, of constantly moving, of never living under your own roof or having enough to eat – that creates a tough environment for a child. These are some serious obstacles to learning. But I think our market is helping. It’s a small act with a big impact.

Read more about this wonderful new pantry here.  These are just a few of the people who inspired us this year. (There are a lot more stories here.) To all our many volunteers, donors, staff and clients, we give our sincere thanks – and our promise that we’ll work even harder in 2011, to make sure every family in our community has the food they need to thrive. If you’d like to help inspire us, please visit our website to learn more, donate and volunteer.

Pudge is worth his weight in food for the hungry

"Woof! I'm ready for my close-up!" Pudge the bulldog turned out in his finest to support the ABC 7 Holiday Food Drive this week.

People come up with all sorts of creative ways to collect food for the San Francisco Food Bank. Case in point, Valerie Lo, who invited friends (both human and canine) over for a party. The goal? To match twice the weight of her bulldog, Pudge, in donated food.

Pudge proudly poses with donations. How could you resist that face?

Luckily, Pudge is – well – pudgy. So the goal was 100 pounds of food, or “two Pudges,” as Valerie put it. Not only did Valerie’s guests bring 156 pounds of food (more than three Pudges), they also wrote $170 in checks – which enables the San Francisco Food Bank to distribute $1,020 worth of food!

Valerie and Pudge also turned out (in the rain, no less) to support the ABC 7 Holiday Food Drive this week. We’re hoping it brings in thousands of Pudges’ worth of food, because this holiday season, the need is greater than ever. We need cash, too. If you’d like to donate, click here, and we’ll give Pudge the credit. Consider giving $50 (a dollar for every pound of Pudge). That will enable us to distribute $300 worth of food. We think Pudge would approve!

Pudge checks out the haul.

Want to be inspired this holiday season? See what these 5-year olds did to help feed the hungry

A few months ago, we reported to you about Emily, Ethan and Sophia and their goal to rais money for the San Francisco Food Bank. Now we’d like to share a wonderful video of these 5-year old fundraising champs. Thanks to the video, produced by GoInspireGo, you can see them at work  – and hear why fighting hunger is so important to them.

Want to help add to the total raised by these little fundraisers with big hearts? Donate here, and we’ll make sure Ethan, Sophia and Emily receive credit for inspiring your gift. Want to help in other ways? Here are some ideas.

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