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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

San Francisco's Needy Still Need Food

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

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Toys might be plentiful among San Francisco's needy, but food is not. The San Francisco Food Bank is distributing food at a record-breaking pace, handing out groceries to more than 30,000 houses over Thanksgiving. These numbers have skyrocketed in December, proving still that people are struggling to eat. In the first two weeks of the month, food distributions increased 40 percent compared to the same time last year.

The food-demand has forced the Food Bank to expand, opening up its pantry network throughout Marin and other locations.

Now, they just need more food to keep those pantries full.

Although food donations are up this year, they are not keeping pace with the incredible demand for edibles, a rush that was fueled by Ponzi schemes and the market crash.

"I'm not sure when this is going to stop," says Paul Ash, executive director of the Food Bank.

Cash donations help, too. For every $1 donated, the agency can distribute $9 worth of food.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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