Getting food out in the community
To support those needing food assistance, the Food Bank has opened a number of pop-up pantries throughout San Francisco and Marin, utilizing volunteer support.
Pop-Up Food Pantries
We have taken the following measures to protect the health of volunteers and participants, and strike a balance between keeping our community safe while also performing the essential service of getting food to those who need it:
Running shifts outdoors.
Requiring volunteers and participants to bring and wear a non-valve mask or facial covering and wear gloves.
Adhering to all sanitizing and cleaning best practices.
Asking participants, staff, and volunteers to keep a sizable distance from one another.
Pre-bagging groceries for participants to minimize contact between participants and volunteers.
Please review these guidelines from the City and County of San Francisco before volunteering with us.
Please note: Pop-Up Pantries are a very fluid means of distribution. The length of your shift may vary from week-to-week depending upon participant attendance and other factors. Additionally, we may not have access to any of the facilities including water or restrooms.
Fire Season Update:
In addition to adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines, with the rise of fire season, the Food Bank also monitors air quality for the safety of our staff, participants and volunteers. You can find the current air quality index in San Francisco and Marin as well as basic information on the AQI. We plan to continue all of our distributions as long as it is safe to do so, and we encourage you to make decisions around volunteering that prioritize your personal safety and comfort. Should we need to cancel a distribution and volunteer opportunity, we will notify you as soon as possible.
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