Established in 2005, San Francisco Department of Health Food Security Task Force is "charged with the responsibility of creating a city-wide plan for addressing food security." Those goals got more specific in 2013, when the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to end hunger and food insecurity in the city by 2020." Since then, the FSTF has soldiered on, following SF's nutrition needs and tracking efforts across city and state agencies (you can see all their recent reports here) to reach that goal.
In a hearing Wednesday at the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee, the HFST shared San Francisco's latest facts and figures on how much is being spent to ensure every SF resident has access to healthy food. For a deeper dive, check out the briefing booklet, hearing materials, and full presentation from yesterday's meeting — for now, let's just look at some of the numbers.
- 200: The number of food pantries in SF
- 100,000: The number of people those pantries serve every week
- 38: The number of SF food pantries that run out of food before everyone who visits is served
- $13.3 million: The amount of money requested for SF food-security programs in the next fiscal year
- $7.7 million: The amount of money SF spent this fiscal year "to deliver meals to 5,050 seniors and those with disabilities"
- 4,972: The number of additional seniors and disabled people who need that same meal delivery function but are currently not served
- $4 million: The annual budgetary increase requested to serve every senior/disabled adult San Franciscan who needs meal delivery
- 2,831: The number of seniors and siaabled adults who are currently served by SF's grocery delivery programs
- 7,199: The number of San Franciscans who need grocery delivery but can't get it
- $6.9 million: The amount of money it would cost to deliver groceries to all who need the service
- 108,000: The number of SF residents estimated to be eligible to receive CalFresh (food stamp) benefits
- 54,000: The number of SF residents who are actually enrolled in the program
- $227: The average amount of monthly benefits one receives while on CalFresh
- $675,000: The amount of money the FSTF is requesting for next year "to launch pilot programs at two SRO sites for such things as installation of cooking appliances, since many units in the Tenderloin lack kitchens, and to begin offering cooking classes."
- 1,000: The number of qualifying Tenderloin, SoMa and Bayview residents who get an up to $10/week voucher to spend at participating corner stores on fruits and vegetables
- $400,000: The amount of money requested to increase that program
- 1 in 4: The number of SF residents who live below 200 percent of the federal poverty line, "which for a family of three is a household income of about $40,000"
- 200,000: The estimated number of SF residents who do "not have the food they need to remain healthy"
All bulleted quotes: SF strives to eliminate hunger by 2020, SF Examiner, April 14, 2016