Our mission of the The San Francisco Food Bank is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin. It's a huge job that's only gotten harder as our community struggles with a prolonged period of economic distress and record numbers of people are pushed to the point of hunger.
Every day of the week, teams of volunteers gather to sort and pack the food donations that come through our doors. From bins of oranges straight from the grove to 2,000-pound totes of rice, volunteers ensure that there are always hands at the ready to pack the food for distribution. Last year, volunteers provided 146,000 hours of help — the equivalent of 70 full time staff and a critical support toward ending hunger.
Volunteer projects are run Monday through Sunday, 9am-Noon and 12:30-3:30pm. Evening projects are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-8pm, and Thursdays from 4-6pm. Projects typically involve sorting donations from food drives and grocery stores, repackaging bulk items into more useful portions, boxing fresh produce, or assembling grocery boxes. During the project shift, volunteers help to get food ready to be delivered to 400+ non-profit programs that serve meals and distribute groceries or healthy snacks. All volunteer projects take place at our warehouse at 900 Pennsylvania Avenue in Potrero Hill.