SF Food Bank

Starving in a boom

The most expensive city in the nation grapples with a hunger problem


On the day before Christmas Eve, a line of hungry San Franciscans winds its way to the second floor of the Women's Building on 18th Street. There, in a sunlit room, people take their pick of free food: fresh fruit, chicken, canned goods and pasta. This pantry is one of over 200 in the city supplied by the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks.

Acacia Woods-Chen, the pantry's coordinator, calls off enrollment numbers in broken Cantonese and Spanish as she directs them to the needed sustenance.Read more »

Localized Appreesh: The Buttercream Gang


Localized Appreesh is our weekly thank-you column to the musicians that make the Bay. To be considered, contact emilysavage@sfbg.com.

The Buttercream Gang is pretty much based on good deeds. That is, the San Francisco-based, Napa-born group initially formed as a loosely defined do-gooder crew (read all about that below) and this week, it does another mitzvah: the band will play a benefit for the San Francisco Food Bank at CELLspace. Read more »