Sunday Morning Hospitality
Despite the statistics, we know that more people in our neighborhood need more help than ever before. For example, Hospitality Hour guests now include many small children. St. Francis has implemented best practices that make us better stewards of resources, create a safe environment at all public events, and provide appropriate support services for our expanding ministries.
The St. Francis began offering coffee and donuts to whoever stopped by at 9:30, with the intention of meeting our neighbors, including those who live on the street. The program was expanded to give away sandwiches and fried chicken. Every Sunday morning members and friends of St. Francis prepare a bag lunch, and sometimes soup or other food for those in need. The hospitality starts at 7:30 AM.
Persons interested in donating food may bring by contributions on Sunday mornings, or during the week. Please call the office (621-2635) to insure that someone will be there to receive the donation. Food that is accepted is canned vegetables, canned fruit, tuna, canned meats, canned soups, stews, chili, peanut butter and cereal. We cannot accept glass containers or perishable food. Food that cannot be used at St. Francis for the Hospitality meals is donated to the San Francisco Food Bank.
The Hospitality Hour is made possible by the dedicated work of members and friends each Sunday morning. If you wish to volunteer on Saturday or Sunday please contact Stephen.Camarota@sflcsf.org.
Just as we were noticing that the San Francisco Food Bank was swamped with demands for food, we became a client of Food Runners. On Saturdays we receive bags and bags of food and flowers from a volunteer of Food Runners. This volunteer has been to one of the grocery stores that morning picking up food that is near it’s expiration, such as bread, meat, cheese, milk, vegetables and fruit. The food is unloaded on the sidewalk and SVDP volunteers carry it into our Parish Hall where they sort and unpack the delivery. This food has been a major asset our Sunday morning Hospitality Hour.
St. Francis is grateful to Food Runners, a local 20 year nonprofit that picks up perishable food from restaurants, stores, bakeries and other businesses that deal in food, and delivers it to shelters and programs that feed the hungry. This program delivers on average 10 tons of food a week.