Friday, September 19, 2008
San Francisco Restaurants Unite to End Hunger
Last week, a very special gourmet food & wine event called San Francisco Restaurants Unite to End Hunger, was held at Ferry Plaza to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. The SF Food Bank sources, collects and repackages nearly 100,000 pounds of food per day, which comes from supermarket chains, large manufacturers & wholesalers, restaurant suppliers, the USDA and food drives for seniors nutrition programs and low-income families. The food that the SFFB collects supplies over 600 vital food programs, such as senior centers, after-school programs, neighborhood pantry networks and soup kitchens. As I said in an earlier post, the SF Food Bank has been having a tough year, because food prices are skyrocketing and rents have increased 12% in the last year, resulting in more families on SFFB to supply basic needs and demands continue to increase. To compound the situation, the amount of the food that the USDA had been providing has been cut by 60% in the last 5 years alone.