In March 2012, we thanked our top donors for their generous support by inviting them to the Breadwinners Reception, our annual wine tasting and gourmet hors d'oeuvres reception held at our San Francisco warehouse. Guests had an opportunity to mingle, tour the warehouse, meet the Food Bank staff, and hear an update from Executive Director, Paul Ash.
One Big Table
In June 2011, One Big Table brought together our top supporters for a special fundraiser. The event raised enough money to fill multiple trucks with thousands of pounds of fresh seasonal produce to be distributed throughout San Francisco and Marin. Held at Greens Restaurant at Fort Mason Center, guests enjoyed views of the Marina Harbor, Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands, and dined on a bountiful vegetarian feast specially prepared and presented by Greens Executive Chef, Annie Somerville.
Community Leaders LuncheonIn November 2011, our Community Leaders Luncheon was held at the magnificent Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange Building in downtown San Francisco. The event marked the kick-off of our Holiday Fund Drive, which provides low-income seniors and families with the food they need during winter to make sure that no one goes hungry. It also enabled us to provide turkeys to hundreds of food pantries and organizations with meal programs so that everyone in our community could celebrate the holiday season.Nearly 300 attendees filled the venue as we honored some of our star supporters. Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce and Congregation Emanu-El were presented with the Community Partner Award, and Riverbed Technology and CEO Jerry Kennelly received the Corporate Partner Award. With the help of a generous challenge grant from the Jay Pritzker Foundation and the support of our attendees and corporation sponsors, we were able to raise enough money to provide holiday meals for nearly 20,000 families throughout San Francisco and Marin.
Annual Food & Fund Drives
There are several food and fund drives held by a variety of organizations and businesses that have become annual events. To learn about upcoming food and fund drives, check our Featured Drives page.• SF Giants “Strike Out Hunger” Food DriveJoin the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks outside AT&T Park for the annual Giants ‘Strike Out Hunger’ Food Drive. Bring 5 cans of food or donate $5 to receive a special gift.• Stamp Out Hunger Food DriveHeld every spring, this national drive is sponsored by the United States Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers. Leave a bag of non-perishable food next to your mailbox and your letter carrier will deliver your donation to the Food Bank.• High Holy Days Food DriveDuring Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, you can make a difference in the lives of low-income families, seniors, and individuals threatened by hunger in San Francisco and Marin.• Scouting for FoodThis is a national one-day food drive conducted by the Boy Scouts of America. Look for your door hanger in November and be sure to leave out a bag of groceries on the designated Saturday. Local Boy Scouts will collect food donations and bring them to the Food Bank.• Super Market Street Sweeps Bike RaceHundreds of cyclists zip around the city to local supermarkets to collect and deliver thousands of pounds of food to the Food Bank.• Help Us End Hunger Food DriveEach year Safeway and NBC “Help Us End Hunger” by hosting collection barrels at Safeway stores. Safeway also offers $10 prepackaged grocery bags as an easy way for you to donate to the Food Bank.• Food for Bay Area Families Food DriveWhole Foods Markets and CBS will provide "Food for Bay Area Families" by hosting collection barrels at every Whole Foods Markets location through the holiday season.• Serving Up Hope Food DriveSave Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky and Food Maxx will be "Serving Up Hope" over the holiday season by hosting donation barrels at each of their locations and raising money for the Food Bank.
San Francisco’s architects, engineers, builders and designers work together to end hunger in our community. Teams compete against each other to create giant sculptures using only cans of food, and their sculptures will be judged and winners selected. At the end of the exhibit the cans of food are donated to the Food Bank and distributed within the community.