Roasted Peppers with Garlic and Herbs

peppers at the Food Bank

Roasted Peppers with Garlic and Herbs
Adapted from Martha Stewart Every Day Food


  • 4 bell peppers (any color), cut in half, seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Coarse salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves, torn or roughly chopped


  1. Before beginning preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet place the 4 bell peppers, cut side up and lightly sprinkle them with olive oil.
  3. Place the garlic among peppers evenly.
  4. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper.
  5. Roast in oven until pepper’s flesh is tender and the skin is blistered in spots, (about 35 mins).
  6. Plave peppers on a platter and top with a small handful of the fresh basil.

Warehouse crew hops to it, distributing 108,000 eggs for Easter!

Our warehouse is really hopping! Dave & Al helped move 108,000 eggs out to needy families for Easter.

It’s EGGxactly what we were hoping for this Easter! California egg farmers hatched a plan to donate 108,000 fresh eggs to the SF Food Bank. Our crack (but not egg-cracking!) warehouse crew got into the holiday spirit as they played Easter Bunny to thousands of San Francisco families…

Got a donation of products or cash that would help make a hungry family’s holiday? We’re all ears!!

The mother of all Thanksgiving shopping lists!

Food Resources Manager John Curry, with some of the 143,012 cans of veggies we'll be distributing thisThanksgiving.

You’re probably reading over your favorite family recipes and putting together a Thanksgiving shopping list this week. Well, how would you like to have this list?

  34,000 Chickens
  80,000 Pounds of yams
100,000 Pounds of potatoes
  80,000 Pounds of apples
  30,000 Pounds of carrots
  35,000 Pounds of cabbage
  70,000 Pounds of onions
  20,000 Pounds of lettuce
  40,000 Pounds of celery
  36,720 Cans of cranberry sauce
  35,000 Pounds of rice
143,012 Cans of green beans, corn and peas
  36,000 Packets of gravy mix
    6,400 Bottles of Asian sauce
  13,000 Loaves of bread
  32,000 Bags of pumpkin spice cookie mix
    3,000 Pounds of chocolates

You guessed it – these are all the Thanksgiving groceries our Food Resources department has been working to gather for distribution to families in need.

Just imagine three semi trailers of potatoes pulling up to your house. That’s how many we’ll be delivering for holiday meals. Not to mention a couple more truckloads full of yams!

Just a few of the 100,000 pounds of potatoes headed for Thanksgiving meals.

Thanks to Del Monte, we have canned veggies stacked to the rafters, plus tons of fresh produce sourced through the Farm to Family program.

“I’m particularly excited that we’re able to offer people a holiday cookie mix this year,” Food Resources Manager John Curry explains. “Even though we had to pay to store it for several months, it was a great donation.”

We were especially excited to get our hands on 32,000 bags of pumpkin spice coookie mix.

While some holiday foods are donated, SF Food Bank has had to buy many others, including 34,000 chickens set to arrive in our warehouse over the course of four days. Each shipment will be turned around instantly and delivered to grocery pantries across San Francisco and Marin. These “just-in-time” deliveries, thanks to supplier Pacific Agri-Products, save us a bundle on cold-storage.

In addition to holiday classics like gravy mix (36,000 packets!) and cranberry sauce (36,720 cans just arrived!), we also try to offer culturally appropriate foods, including bottles of Asian oyster sauce.

This year, we’re targeting to provide Thanksgiving food to 35,705 families – more than a million pounds of food in all. If you’d like to help us with our massive shopping list, go here. As always, every $100 donation enables us to distribute $600 worth of food. And for that, we truly give thanks!

San Francisco Food Bank ‘Egg-static’ over large egg donation

Today, the San Francisco Food Bank received 88,650 eggs just in time for Easter from NuCal Foods. They were all  sourced locally from a farm in Petaluma, CA.  Fresh eggs are always a prized item for Food Banks due to their dense nutritional and high protein content.  And they’re one of the hardest food categories for food banks to acquire.

The eggs we got were slightly smaller in size than what’s generally considered most desirable by consumers.  But wggs of any size are very popular out at our pantries.  We recently spoke to an unemployed nanny at a pantry in the Bayview who told us that her kids love to eat eggs for breakfast.

This donation of over 7,000 dozen eggs from NuCal will help to feed the 1 in 4 children and 1 in 5 adults at risk of hunger in San Francisco.  They’ve already been sent out to our pantries, including senior centers and community centers serving large families.

Giant celery!

Here’s something you won’t see at the supermarket: a thicket of giant celery!

giant celery

Its size may render it unmarketable – but it’s still perfectly fresh, perfectly good and ready to go out to our pantries. Many people still associate canned and dry foods with food banks. And while we still have staple foods like pasta, rice and beans on hand,  it’s actually fresh fruits and vegetables like this celery that make up the bulk of what we distribute.

Bike Riders Bring in 7,507 Pounds of Food!

We’re used to having big tractor-trailer trucks roll up to the San Francisco Food Bank’s loading dock – that’s how most of the 36.5 million pounds of food moving through our warehouse this year will arrive.

But last Saturday, 7,507 pounds of food showed up on some very different wheels – bicycles! It was thanks to the 4th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep, a competition that challenges bike riders to collect and deliver food to our warehouse. One hundred ninety-eight riders participated this year, and they topped the total food collected at last year’s event by more than a ton!

There were prizes for the fastest racers to collect a list of required items from various grocery stores (with the receipts to prove it) and prizes for bikers who showed up with the weightiest loads of food.

This year’s biggest haul – a whopping 962 pounds – was pedaled in by a single rider pulling a trailer. You can see him in action, along with the other racers, in the video up above.

When the bikers arrived at our warehouse, we weighed-in each load, while organizers checked to make sure competitors had purchased all the items on their “required list.” Here’s a time-lapse video of the food as it arrived – from the first speedy competitors, to the mountains of food hauled in later by those in the cargo category:

Many thanks to the event organizers and all the participants, who provided enough food for nearly 6,000 meals! If you’re interested in joining the Supermarket Street Sweep next year, you’ll find more information here.  And you can see a gallery of photos from Saturday’s event here.

Today’s Fruit of the Day – Grapes!

sunworld grapes

1,980 cases of grapes came in today thanks to the Farm to Family program and SunWorld packers! That’s 15,840 bags of sweet, seedless grapes.
Here they are in our cooler – 22 pallets, all tagged for delivery to a neighborhood pantry.

grapes for pantry

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