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Alums Tackling Hunger in the SF Bay Area

January 13, 2011

 

AmeriCorps Alums in the San Francisco Bay Area are invited to attend a project series focused around the issue of hunger hosted by HandsOn Bay Area. It is estimated that 197,000 people in San Francisco struggle to feed themselves every day.  The problem of hunger is growing, according to the study on homelessness.  The request for food assistance climbed 41% in 2010. There are a multitude of organizations around the city working to improve these statistics.

The AmeriCorps Alums HandsOn Hunger project series kicks off on January 16th, with an event at Alemany Farms, an organic farm in southeastern San Francisco. The 4.5 acre farm is managed by volunteers, city officials, and community residents.  These groups work together to improve food security for all San Francisco residents, by providing organic healthy food through a free neighborhood produce delivery.

Often food grown at such farms will be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank.  In fact, 65% of the food at the food bank is fresh produce. The Food Bank distributes 41.5 million pounds of food every year, which breaks down to providing 88,000 meals a day! The second project in the series takes place here, where volunteers will get the food ready to be delivered to one of 400 non-profit agencies around the area.

Two of the agencies who receive food donations from the San Francisco Food Bank will be visited by the AmeriCorps Alums. Project Open Hand uses the food donations to cook up “meals with love” for people who are homebound due to illness and large sit down meals for seniors.  And at the Glide Memorial Foundation volunteers use the donated food to assemble bagged lunches. In one shift volunteers typically make around 700 sandwiches. These will contribute to the 934,000 meals Glide serves a year.

The project series will conclude at Martin de Porres, a ‘free restaurant’ whose mission is to serve in the spirit of compassion, understanding, and love.  The volunteers here will be serving food to the guests of Martin de Porres.

Through the HandsOn Hunger project series Bay Area AmeriCorps Alums will be learning about the issue of hunger in their community, as well as tackling it head on. You can join the chapter by registering here.

Project Dates:

Alemany Farms – January 16th, 12-4 pm

SF Food Bank – January 25th, 6 – 8 pm

Project Open Hand – February 8th, 5- 8 pm

Glide Memorial Foundation – February 20th, 9 – 11 am

Martin de Porres – March 12th, 12:30 – 3 pm

For more information, or to sign up for any events in the HandsOn Hunger project series email: charlotte@hoba.org

 

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