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Thursday, November 20, 2014

If You Have Enough Food for the Holidays, Then Share It

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:43 AM

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It's that time of the year, when rain is possible and eggnog is plentiful. 

And you eat too much. 

Thanksgiving is here and instead of stuffing your face with stuffing, how about you cut back on the overeating and donate a little food to people who really need it. 

The SF-Marin Food Bank is asking you to help make sure no one goes hungry in San Francisco and Marin this holiday season.

“At the same time we’re making sure that everyone has enough food for a Thanksgiving meal, we’re also raising a big chunk of the funding we need for the rest of the year,"  says SF-Marin Food Bank Executive Director Paul Ash. "We need the community’s support to put food on the table for families this Thanksgiving – and throughout the year to come,”

During Thanksgiving week, in San Francisco and Marin, the Food Bank will hand out 1 million pounds of food while serving up food to 144,000 people in the area. In addition, it will stock 240 food pantries and 450 partner agencies where families get all the things we take for granted: fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy grains, plus items tailored for the holiday – a whole chicken, gravy, sweet potatoes, rice, cranberry sauce, pears, rolls and a dessert.

The Food Bank also provides turkeys, vegetables and grains to hot meal programs – such as St. Anthony’s and St. Vincent de Paul dining room – so they can prepare large-scale Thanksgiving meals.

So here's where you come in: 
  • Donate money: For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can distribute $6 worth of food.

  • Buy someone else a turkey: the Food Bank needs at least another 1,000 turkeys by Thanksgiving. 

  • Volunteer: shifts are available 7 days a week. Same-day orientation, online sign up.

  • Host a food and fund a food drive.
Because that's what the holidays are all about. 

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

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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