The Haight Ashbury Food Program
The Haight Ashbury Food Program was founded on the principle that everyone deserves freedom from hunger. During the 30 years since our start, HAFP has served more than 1 million hot, prepared meals, provided cooking-based job training and placement to more than 275 low-income and/or homeless individuals, and for the last 4 years, provided more than 130 people each week with emergency, supplemental food from our pantry program.
Our clients are your neighbors -- the seniors, disabled people, families, and individuals in San Francisco who need supplemental food support. Many of them choose each month between food in their stomachs or rent for their homes or rooms, while others experience a temporary need, making our service a homelessness prevention measure as well. Since 2008, we have experienced a sharp increase in the number of people in need of our services.
What We Need & What You Get
HAFP has set a goal to raise $20,000 through this campaign. With those funds we will be able to:
- Feed those in need throughout the year.
- Take our new place in the Waller Center (formerly Hamilton United Methodist Church), including painting and outfitting our new room to be safe and clean for food distribution.
- Serve the community as an emergency food distribution point in case of earthquake or other emergency, and conduct an informational outreach campaign to let people know about this important service.
We REALLY need to reach our goal!
Our clients recieve food with a smile and with simple compassion and humanity. The service we provide builds our community and strengthens its ties. It is the most basic of human needs, served with love and respect. And it changes lives.
Every Saturday, HAFP's doors open to provide up to 200 people with supplemental food. With one part-time employee and almost no overhead costs, almost all of every donation goes directly to food. $5 buys 15 pounds of healthy food for someone in need. Your donation literally quiets the rumbling of hungry bellies.
Because many of our clients have health conditions, we have a policy of only purchasing nutritious foods. Soda, sweets and junk foods do not support the health and vitality of our clients, so we do not use donations to purchase them.
HAFP also serves as the Emergency Food Distribution Point for the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood. Our presence is an important part of the food security web for everyone.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you just can’t contribute money, it doesn’t mean you can’t help!
Please help us by sharing with your friends to get the word out and make some noise about the campaign. (Facebook and Indiegogo makes it easy to share!) Perhaps you have friends with a passion for food security.
If you know of a resource we do not know about, please feel free to share that as well.