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Nov 10, 2015 2 min read

A Couple of Ways You Can Give a Helping Hand This Month

A Couple of Ways You Can Give a Helping Hand This Month
Food Bank photo via Mission Street Food blog.
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As we’re ordering turkeys, figuring out who is on pumpkin pie detail, and deciding once and for all on the best green bean side dish, let’s not forget there are a lot of people in our community who could use some help with their holidays. From now until December 31st, the SF-Marin Food Bank needs 500,000 pounds of nonperishable food to help provide 10 million meals during the holidays. (The SF-Marin Food Bank serves 225,000 people each year, which includes families, children, seniors, and individuals living on a low-income budget.)

Let’s share our good fortune to the people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet. There are many ways you can help: • Donating money: for every $1 donated, the Food Bank can provide $5 worth of food. • Donating a turkey: the Food Bank hopes to provide 2,500 turkeys over the holidays. • Volunteering: shifts are available every day of the week. People are encouraged to sign up for January and February, one of the most difficult times to secure volunteers. • Hosting a food and fund drive. Registration is simple. Host a virtual drive or sign up to have a food barrel delivered to you.

You can find everything you need to know here, thank you for your help! And one more thing: if you can donate money by November 26th, Sutter Health has generously agreed to match your gift, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $50,000. That means your gift of $100 will double to $200, providing enough food for 600 meals. Fantastic.

Want to get something festive for your friends at work or for the kids coming to visit your house over Thanksgiving? How about a dessert with a purpose? For the eighth consecutive year, ~ONE MARKET~ restaurant is partnering with Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area to present the Gingerbread Wishes program. From now until November 30th, you can buy freshly baked gingerbread stars that come with a cookie decorating kit. Each kit costs $10 and includes housemade cookies from pastry chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauler, cream cheese frosting, sprinkles, and candy toppings. And 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. You can decorate cookies at the restaurant too!

Food Bank photo via Mission Street Food blog.

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