By The Wolf
Despite RFPs and client deadlines, the San Francisco office carved out a couple of hours one day in June to give back to the community by sorting donated food at the San Francisco Marin Food Bank.
This organization has been in operation for over 30 years serving our immediate San Francisco and Marin communities with a mission to end hunger and support the health and well-being of families.
Here is what we learned throughout the day:
48 million pounds of food are distributed each year from this one center
About two decades ago, they started “Farm to Family” by partnering with farmers in the Central Valley of California to include farm-fresh produce in their inventory
The SF Marin Food Bank relies heavily on volunteers like us (among 40,000 annually) to help sort, pack, and distribute food every day
All of the produce is turned over to the community within 72 hours from donation, which means that volunteers are saving a lot of foods from going to waste
In the warehouse last week (looked a lot like Costco!), there were 2 million pounds of food waiting to be distributed
In the couple of hours we worked, we were able to sort through 15,660 pounds of food
Lastly, it was a shock to find out that only 15% of the foods are going to the homeless; the majority are going to everyday people. 1 in 4 residents in San Francisco and Marin Counties are at risk of hunger. 144,000 people receive food each week, and we are still at a shortage. For those who did not have RFPs or client deadlines, we then went to a favorite local patio bar to reflect on the experience and also celebrate June birthdays and kick off Pride weekend!
Via:: MKTG Blog