BrightTALK Gives Back: Helping Feed the Hungry with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
Last week, members of the BrightTALK San Francisco team set out to help fight hunger in the Bay Area by volunteering with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
In just one afternoon, we helped sort 12,000 pounds of apples donated by local farmers into two groups: Fresh apples ready to be served to the hungry and others better suited to feed farm pigs. We also weighed and bagged more than 500 pounds of pasta to sort into individual servings.
The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is a unique organization: Roughly 60% of the food donated to them is fresh fruits and vegetables, which presents both a benefit and a challenge.
The recipients get high-quality fresh food, unlike other banks that distribute only canned goods. However, fresh food requires many helping hands to sort and get ready for quick distribution.
In true San Francisco style, SFMFB has a unique way of distributing food. As opposed to a traditional food bank, it operates more like a grocery chain, with several small shops throughout the city. This provides close proximity to the hungry so that they can choose what they want in smaller quantities, providing fresher food and minimizing spoilage.
Our time volunteering with the food bank was extremely rewarding for our team, and we’re looking forward to going back and helping make a difference to end hunger in our community. Learn more about how you can get involved with SFMFB.