Events | “St. Anthony’s is a community, overflowing with people, but also love, compassion, kindness, optimism, hope, and beauty.”

Events allow us to raise funds and awareness for our programs and services, and provide our community partners with an opportunity to provide essential support to San Franciscans living in poverty. In addition to hosting events throughout the year, St. Anthony’s is proud to be the beneficiary of a wide range of special events sponsored and hosted by individuals, businesses, and groups in the community.

We believe that supporting people in need makes the city a better place to live. We bring people together in this work because we know it takes a community to create a society where all people flourish.

Host an Event

Hosting an event is another opportunity to provide essential support to San Franciscans living in poverty. As an individual, business or group, you can host an event and designate St. Anthony’s as the beneficiary. Fundraisers hosted by our community partners help raise awareness and funds to support St. Anthony’s programs and services. Your fundraising event can be a dinner, concert, race, wine tasting, restaurant promotion, art auction, food festival, silent auction at an existing event, or even a portion of proceeds of a sold item. The type of event is completely at the discretion of the host. read more…

Past Events

Social Justice Cinema

Film ImageThe House I Live In

A viewing and discussion of The House I Live In took place on August 26, 2015. Filmed in more than 20 states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.



LMTL Film StripLove Me Tenderloin

The screening of Love Me Tenderloin,  a documentary about the Tenderloin neighborhood through the eyes of four residents, Bridchette, Arnold, Woody and Indian Joe, took place on July 22, 2015, at the St. Boniface Theater. The Tenderloin, long been known as the “heart” of San Francisco, is the last refuge for elderly, disabled and low-income working people striving to stay in the city.

We were honored to have Indian Joe, Bridgette and Woody join us. Del Seymour of Tenderloin Walking Tours kicked off the event with stories about the making of the film. Thank you to filmmaker and director Henri Quenette for allowing us to show the film and to St. Boniface Church for being our host.


Fogust: St. Anthony’s Has You Covered – August 1, 2015

Fogust, our Young Professionals Council’s inaugural event, featured a pub quiz about the San Francisco social justice issues, an interactive photo booth, and a station for guests to write a first-day-of-school note to a child who received a backpack and school supplies at St. Anthony’s Back to School event.

With your help, we raised $2,634, which will allow St. Anthony’s to provide guests with: 68 hot, nutritious meals, 34 new outfits for individuals or families, 14 sessions in our Tech Lab, 15 school vaccinations for kids, and 25 appointments with a Social Worker. To view photos from Fogust, click here.

About our Young Professionals Council

SAYPC supports St. Anthony’s mission by raising awareness, fundraising, providing direct service, and engaging a new generation of the SF Bay Area community. SAYPC members are young professionals in the Bay Area who bring together their passion, skills, and networks to elevate the essential work that St. Anthony’s provides in San Francisco every day.

Hunger Action Lobby Day – May 13, 2015

DSC_0152Each May, hundreds of anti-hunger advocates throughout California meet in Sacramento to educate our legislators about hunger and support anti-hunger legislation. This year, we had our largest contingency with 51 participants. We joined other groups from across the state for a total of 350 participants. Because of the 350 Hunger Action Day participants, we were able to meet and drop off information to every Assemblymember, Senator, and the Governor’s office.

This year we addressed hunger and poverty among SSI/SSP recipients – we asked for a budget that restores the cuts to SSI/SSP grants and cost of living adjustments that were made during the recession.  The day after Hunger Action Day, the Governor released his revised budget, which did include one important anti-poverty initiative (a state level Earned Income Tax Credit) but did not include any restoration for SSI/SSP.

38th Annual Penny Pitch & Raffle – June 5, 2015

What began in 1977 as a friendly wager between two watering holes has become a cherished San Francisco tradition and raised over one million dollars for St. Anthony’s. Emceed by KNBR’s dynamic duo “Murph and Mac,” 36 teams vied for the coveted Penny Pitch trophy, with Media All Stars out-pitching all of the competitors to take home this year’s trophy.

Many thanks to Janet and Pete Osborne and the 38th Annual Penny Pitch Host Committee for hosting this lively event. For sponsorship, raffle donation, and team registration information, contact Helene Sims, Events Manager, at or 415-592-2768. To view photos from the event, click here.

Serving Hope: A Benefit for St. Anthony’s – April 30, 2015

The inaugural Serving Hope: A Benefit for St. Anthony’s, was emceed by the Voice of the Giants Renel Brooks-Moon, and featured the presentation of the Fr. Alfred Boeddeker Award to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. With Franco Finn, Announcer for the Golden State Warriors serving as the auctioneer for the night, the event raised nearly $477,000 in support of St. Anthony’s Job Training Program. Many thanks to our sponsors and donors for their support.

Next year’s Serving Hope will take place on April 5, 2016, at San Francisco’s City Hall. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Helene Sims, Events Manager, at or 415-592-2768. read more…

In The Archives

Province of Saint Barbara Centennial Celebration – October 4, 2015


The Franciscan Friars, St. Boniface Church and St. Anthony Foundation  hosted an intimate Evening Prayer and Reception in celebration of 100 years since the founding of the Province of Saint Barbara in the western United States.

The Centennial year is an opportunity for giving thanks. The friars chose to make the centerpiece of the celebration a traveling exhibition that highlights the major movements, milestones, lives, and stories of the friars who have played their part in the remarkable story of the Province of St. Barbara. Through words, images, and tangible artifacts, the exhibit gives voice to a living tradition of Franciscan life and ministry as it has grown and flourished in the unique setting of the western United States. Throughout the year, the traveling exhibit will be presented at locations throughout the Province as a sign of gratitude to God and to those who have accompanied the friars in love along the Gospel way.


Grand Opening Of The New St. Anthony’s – October 4, 2014

“October 4th, St. Anthony Foundation took a bold step into the future. We opened the doors to more meals, more help for those in need, and more hope.

By raising up this building, we’re saying that there’s a place in this city for those who are poor. This building is our flag in the ground. It tells those who may be wavering that yes, we are a great city. We’re not a suburban enclave, we’re not a ghetto, we’re not a gated community. We are a truly diverse city with room for all. This place is a symbol. A symbol of a city with a big heart. A city with a vision.”

—Barry Stenger, Executive Director

Thank you, San Francisco, for coming together to celebrate our 64th birthday and the Grand Opening of the new St. Anthony’s.

Check out our video from the big day here:

Setting the Table in the New St. Anthony’s Dining Room – October 2, 2014

For 64 years, San Franciscans have come together to serve over 40 million meals at St. Anthony’s. On October 2nd, 200 more came through our doors to help move the most essential elements of Dining Room service—the fork and tray—from our temporary space into our brand new Dining Room across the street.

A human chain stretched down Golden Gate Avenue—school groups, corporate employees, guests, staff, friars and friends—and within an hour we set the table and prepared the new St. Anthony’s to open its doors.




15,000 people, including women and children, live on the street and in shelters, and thousands more use free food programs to stretch budgets that don’t quite cover food, clothing, medical expenses, and San Francisco rents.

12,000 families and individuals live in rooms without kitchens in San Francisco.

3,000 meals served daily at St. Anthony’s Dining Room. Every year, more people turn to St. Anthony’s for help.

100 years ago, the original St. Anthony’s Dining Room was built to be used as an auto repair shop. While the need increases, the building and equipment get older. Old equipment and an obsolete building design restrict and slow down service.

40% of all the free meals served in San Francisco are served by St. Anthony’s.

1 dining room in San Francisco serves free meals every day of the year--the Dining Room at St. Anthony’s.