Jewish Senior Living magazine   2015/2016

Provider for the Pantry's Provisions

Every Saturday morning, a parking lot on the Jewish Home’s campus is transformed into a colorful marketplace. Fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods and other miscellaneous groceries, courtesy of the S.F.-Marin Food Bank, fill tables, and low-income neighbors are invited to receive free foodstuffs.

This is the Excelsior Community Food Pantry, a partnership of the Jewish Home of San Francisco and Mission Bay Community Church (MBCC). In 2014, when the pantry’s former space in the area was no longer available, the Home stepped up and became the pantry’s new site. As a result, several hundred Excelsior neighborhood adults and children are continuing to enjoy healthy meals.

“We’re humbled and blessed to begin this partnership,” said MBCC’s Pastor Dawn Hyde when the Home and the church announced their joint sponsorship. “We’re overjoyed to partner with the Jewish Home. Coming together to give of our time, resources, and kindness is our common goal.”

Commented Daniel Ruth, president and CEO of the Jewish Home: “Our faith holds that we’re all responsible to help each other, and the Jewish Home of San Francisco is honored to partner with the Excelsior Community Food Pantry to help them fulfill their mission to serve our neighbors.”

Fittingly, just in time for Thanksgiving, last November heralded the official opening of this community collaboration.

Wielding a very large pair of scissors at the ribbon-cutting ceremony are, left to right, Assemblymember David Chiu; Paul Ash, executive director, S.F.-Marin Food Bank (suppliers of the food to the pantry); Daniel Ruth, Jewish Home president and CEO; Supervisor John Avalos; and Reverend Dawn Hyde, pastor, Mission Bay Community Church (the original host location of the food pantry).

The food pantry is staffed by volunteers, who include students, members of the community and immediate neighborhood, the church, and Jewish Home staff. All freely give of their time to support this wonderfully worthwhile and necessary endeavor.

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