Greetings from sunny California. . . Not. It has rained torrentially. But the rain has not dampened our spirits. Or our mission! The JFBC team arrived in SF from three different locations on Sunday evening all safe and sound. We are thankful for the Lord's traveling mercies.
We hit the ground running Monday morning by going to the largest Food Bank in the nation: SF Marin Food Bank.
High unemployment and the lingering effects of the recession have pushed record numbers of people in San Francisco and Marin to the point of hunger. While government safety net programs are stretched thin with budget cuts, people can still count on the Food Bank. Thanks to our thousands of donors and volunteers, we haven't cut back. We've scaled up, and we're getting more food to more families than ever before.
This is the impact the Food Bank will have in this year alone:
225,000 people will be nourished through our programs
46 million pounds of food will be delivered throughout San Francisco and Marin, more than half of it fresh produce direct from the farm
105,000 meals worth of food will be distributed each and every day
30,000 families will receive wholesome foods at our pantries each week
11,000 children will be served fresh, healthy snacks in the classroom each school day
450 nonprofit partners will rely on us to supply their meal and food programs
240 farmer's market-style pantries will provide foods people can use to prepare healthy meals in their own homes
After serving at the food bank, the weather took a rainy turn. Over lunch we connected with our Partner at SF Interface Church to make alternative plans since we were going to do park ministry. The Lord has opened a door of opportunity through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America which happens to be located in the SF Interface Church neighborhood! Flexibility is the name of the game and being sensitive to where The Lord wants us to serve.
More to come tomorrow about this new opportunity! Please pray that our team stays healthy, that we lay a positive foundation in the community through Teeny Tykes and Tunes that James Soy can build upon, and that we make personal connections with the children and leaders at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.