Skipping dinner. Eating less, or eating less well. Giving up food in order to pay rent. One in four residents of San Francisco and Marin is unable to afford all the food they need.
High unemployment, a tough economy and the rising cost of living have pushed record numbers of people to the brink of hunger. Families who have always lived securely in the middle class are now seeking help at our food pantries.
Since the recession began our food distribution has increased 40%, reaching over 45 million pounds this past year — enough for more than 100,000 meals each day. We'll provide food to 225,000 people this year through our 450 nonprofit partners, with an average of 30,000 households served each week through our pantry program alone.
While the numbers are staggering, we still believe that hunger in our community is a solvable problem.