Questions? please contact Community Engagement Director Sandy Rechtschaffen at (415) 751-2541 x 177

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)


  • 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.
  • 10 Things Food Banks Need But Won't Ask For
    Food Banks across the country are in need of certain items that you may not realize because they aren't essential items. Some of the items that food banks need are: spices, feminine products, chocolate, toiletries, canned meats, crackers and tortilla, soup packets, socks, and canned fruits. Please support your local food bank this winter season and bring your items to the food bins at Congregation Emanu-El. 
  • 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: Roosevelt Middle School, 460 Arguello Blvd.

    To sign up, please contact lead volunteer, Susan Brown at or call (707) 322-9933

    Schedule - Mondays - 2:00 pm set-up & 3:00-5:00 pm food distribution
    The following Mondays there is No pantry due to holiday:
    December 22 & 29
    January 19
    March 30
    May 25

  • 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.
  • 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.

Interfaith Winter Shelter Dinners

Monday, January 25, 2016 - Monday, February 1, 2016, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco

Join a group of congregants to shop, cook, and serve dinner to homeless men in San Francisco. Sign-ups open in December 2015. 

Questions? Contact congregant coordinator, Shabana Siegel at

Cooking and Serving Groups:

Beyachad - Monday, January 25
Tribe and Preschool - Tuesday, January 26
Adolescent Education - Wednesday, January 27
Men's Group - Thursday, January 28
Congregant Night - Friday, January 29
Interfaith - Saturday, January 30
Young Adult Community - Sunday, January 31
Congregant Night - Monday, February 1



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Phone: (415) 751-2535
Fax: (415) 751-2511