Social Justice Issue
One in four San Francisco residents lacks access to healthy food, 62 percent of schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced-price meals, and more than 50,000 adults and children are using food stamps.
—SF Food Security Task Force Report 2013
Jewish Response to Hunger
A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. (Proverbs 18:16)
You open wide your hand and satisfy the hunger of every living thing. (Psalm 145:16)
When you are asked in the world to come, "What was your work?" and you answer, "I fed the hungry," You will be told, "This is the gate to the Lord, enter into it, you who have fed the hungry." (Midrash Psalms 118:17)
Websites for donating surplus food
Community Plates is committed to ending American food insecurity by directly transferring fresh, usable food that would have otherwise been thrown away from restaurants, markets and other food industry sources to food-insecure families throughout the U.S.
Feeding Forward connects those with excess consumable food to those in need, instantly.
Nomm is a platform that helps you find and post catered food that needs to be eaten.
40% of the food we produce goes to waste. With LeftoverSwap, there's less waste and fewer people picking through dumpsters: a win-win.
Food Runners is a volunteer organization dedicated to alleviating hunger in San Francisco by relaying food to the needy.
- Volunteer to shop at the San Francisco Food Bank
Congregation Emanu-El volunteers shop each Friday at the food bank for groceries to be distributed at Roosevelt Middle School every Monday.
- Volunteer at the Roosevelt Healthy Children Pantry
Congregation Emanu-El created the Roosevelt Middle School Healthy Children Pantry. This pantry provides free supplemental groceries to 74% of the 750 students. This is a true partnership with our Richmond District neighbor as we create community service opportunities for the middle school students as well as focus on health and nutritional eating through cooking classes based on the pantry's produce each week! Pantry volunteers help set up the food received from the San Francisco Food Bank and then help with distribution to shoppers.
Location: 460 Arguello Boulevard (at Geary)
To sign up, please contact lead volunteer, Susan Brown at email@example.com or call (707) 322-9933
Volunteer Details: Every Monday during the school year - 2:30 pm set-up & 3:00-5:00 pm distribute food
- Donate nonperishable food at the Temple
Congregation Emanu-El participates in collecting food for the San Francisco Food Bank on a year-round basis. Barrels are located in the Temple entrance at Arguello Blvd.
- Volunteer to cook during our winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners
Each January Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights. These clients are extremely grateful to receive home-cooked meals served by people who look them in the eye and let them know they care. Under the coordination of long-time congregant Shabana Siegel, every constituent group from the Congregation participates (over 150 volunteers last year)!
Each Temple group brings a unique flavor to the evening and takes home unforgettable memories. Sign up by contacting Shabana at: (415) 425-8869 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Next offered in January 2015.
- Donate your food leftovers:
1. G-House : 6324 Geary Boulevard between 27 and 28 Avenue (415) 673-0911 x 601. Ring their doorbell and someone is always there to accept.
2. Food Runners: To donate food in San Francisco, package it and leave a message on (415) 929-1866 with the type and amount of food and the name and address of your business. If you call in the morning, a volunteer or our truck driver will come that same day. If you call in the afternoon, Food Runners will come the next morning. Any amount of food is welcome. If you have food to donate that you personally prepared in your home, you can contact Food Runners and they will tell you where you can take the food in your neighborhood. Email here.
- In what ways does this service connect with your personal and Jewish values?
- From a Jewish perspective, was your contribution to this project successful?
- Would you want to do this type of service again?
- What further steps can you take to continue to address this community need?
For inquiries regarding any of the above, please contact Community Engagement Director Sandy Rechtschaffen at (415) 751-2541 x 177