Where to donate food in SF when moving


So it’s finally moving time and if you are moving out of state, abroad or into storage, chances are that you won’t be able to take all that lovely food with you. Before you binge eat all them cookies then throw everything else out, wait!!! there is a better option.  Now is the perfect time to do something good for all those people out there who are less fortunate and unfortunately are struggling to find something to eat each and every night.

Did you know that in the United States, 1 in 6 Americans, including 17 million children are at risk of hunger? As you pack up all your belongings why not separate all that food that you no longer need and instead of throwing it away why not donate it to your local food banks and charities.  In San Francisco there are a number of great charities and food banks who do great work. Each and every day to the charities ensure those less fortunate can have something to eat.  We have put together a list of organizations in the San Francisco area that will put your donations to great use.

SF / Marin Food Bank

The Sf-Marin food bank is an amazing organization that helps people from all walks of life and from every corner of the bay area.  If you have extra food to give you visit there website https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/ for a list of drop-off locations throughout San Francisco and Marin.

Move for Hunger

Move for Hunger partners with relocation companies all across America to collect non-perishable food items. deliver it to food banks all across North America. By doing this they have created one of the nation’s largest year-round service programs. What’s great about Move for Hunger is that their movers offer to pick up the unwanted, non-perishable food items from those who are moving and deliver it to their local food banks. To find a mover in your area visit them at Find a Mover.

St Anthonys

The St. Anthony Foundation is a nonprofit social service organization in San Francisco, California. They are best known for their operation of the St. Anthony Dining Room in the Tenderloin District. They serve free meals to the poor in an ordinary restaurant-like setting. The Dining Room has served as many as 2,500 plates of food a day and over thirty seven million meals since its creation.

Donations of personal or family sized portions of fresh fruit, vegetables, and canned and dried goods can be dropped off at 121 Golden Gate Avenue, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Large deliveries of bulk food items can be brought directly to St. Anthony’s Dining Room at 121 Golden Gate Avenue, every day from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Food They Do Accept:

  • Unexpired perishable foods
  • Refrigerated perishable foods (must be below 40°F)
  • Frozen perishable foods (must be below 28°F)

Food They Do Not Accept:

  • Vitamins and nutritional aids
  • Pet food
  • Baby formula
  • Bulk products that are unlabeled for ingredients and allergens
  • Foods that were not kept at the appropriate temperatures
  • Mixed food and perishables from catered events
  • Restaurant food
  • Foods intended for raw consumption (sushi or seafood)
  • Canned goods that are open, punctured, bulging or seriously damaged
  • Home prepared, home canned or home jarred products

For more information you can always visit their website at https://www.stanthonysf.org/

Food Runners

Food Runners pick up excess perishable and prepared food from businesses such as restaurants, caterers, bakeries, event planners, corporate cafeterias, and hotels. The will then delivers it directly to neighborhood food programs.

Whether you are a business, contact Food Runners and they will pick up your donation and deliver it to a suitable feeding program in San Francisco.  If you call in the morning a volunteer or a truck driver will come that same day. If you call in the afternoon, Food Runners will will try to come before the close of work.  Any amount of food is welcome.

If you have food to donate from your home, you can contact Food Runners and they will tell you where you can take the food in your neighborhood. Just call them at (415) 929-1866 or visit them at http://www.foodrunners.org/