Our mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, and so our responsibility extends beyond food distribution — we also work to create systemic change.
CalFresh (food stamps) offers the single greatest opportunity to reduce hunger among low-income people in California. But millions of eligible people remain unenrolled, resulting in greater food insecurity, an overly burdened emergency food system and lost economic activity. With leadership from the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, a group of nonprofit organizations and businesses is working to improve CalFresh.
Improving School MealsFor low-income kids, school meals can help provide the nutrition kids need. But only 55% of the low-income children in San Francisco’s public schools take advantage of free or reduced-price lunches; fewer still eat school breakfast.The Food Bank commissioned a study to look at San Francisco's school meal program and recommend ways it could increase student participation and improve the appeal of its menu.
Understanding the Need: The "Missing Meals" StudySince the start of the recession in 2008, record numbers of people in San Francisco and Marin have sought help from government and nonprofit food assistance programs, including the Food Bank.But are these programs meeting the need? That's the question researchers from the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality set out to examine in a 2012 analysis sponsored by the Food Bank. Their conclusion is that despite efforts by nonprofit and government assistance programs, the unmet need remains great and much more needs to be done.