McKesson Ventures recently completed a team volunteer afternoon at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. The group worked with 45 other volunteers to break down pallets of rice into 1-pound bags for distribution to needy Bay Area residents.
Food insecurity is a very real problem in an area of the country so expensive that $117,000 a year can qualify an individual as “low income” in some counties.
According to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, 35 million “missing meals” indicate that while historic gains have been made in the Bay Area’s social safety net, there is still a lot of work left to do in order to end hunger in the region. More than 140,000 people, including 32,000 families, count on the food bank every week.
The food bank distributes 48 million pounds of food every year, to individuals and to more than 275 neighborhood food pantries. It also operates a mobile food pantry that serves isolated, low-income families in West Marin.
The SF-Marin Food Bank provides services to area colleges, supporting students who struggle to balance the high cost of education with basic living needs like housing and transportation. Last year the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank celebrated the distribution of 1 million pounds of food through five food pantries located at area colleges.
McKesson Ventures Senior Vice President and Managing Director Tom Rodgers said, “We are grateful to have been able to volunteer at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. Reliable access to food is a core component to one’s social determinants of health and aligns with our mission to create a more accessible, effective, and efficient health care ecosystem. The organization’s food security and advocacy efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of the Bay Area’s most vulnerable people.”
To learn more about volunteering for the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, visit the organization’s website. You can also follow the food bank on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about what the organization is doing and how you can help.