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.


The New St. Anthony’s Scavenger Hunt

It’s The New St. Anthony’s Scavenger Hunt:

Ads for the Grand Opening of the New St. Anthony’s are popping up all over town: buses, light poles, billboards, Muni & BART stations, and newspapers. Shyla, Eunice, and Karl found this one at Civic Center.

Snap a photo of yourself with one of our ads, email it to with the subject “Scavenger Hunt”, and open the door to winning a very Grand prize.

We hope to see you on October 4th for the big day!


Sending San Francisco’s Kids Back to School in Style

Back to School 1230 low-income children are headed back to school in style thanks to the generosity & support of the San Francisco community and our hard-working Free Clothing Program staff. This year, our youngest guests will be walking tall on the playground with brand new backpacks, shoes, school supplies, and outfits from our biggest Back to School Day ever.

To help these kids start the school year off right, our Free Clothing Program teamed up with a powerhouse group of mid-market tech companies & nonprofits to organize the largest back-to-school drive for low-income families in our 64-year history. Twitter, Zendesk, Dolby Laboratories, One Kings Lane, Intuit Demand Force, TJMaxx, and Old Navy are among the companies who either made large donations or adopted entire grades of students. In addition, nonprofit partners Family Giving Tree, My New Red Shoes, and the Golden Gate Mothers Group provided all of the backpacks, shoes, and Old Navy gift cards for families who may need additional clothes. Friends from Flipcause did face painting, and Sophie’s Stress Free Soirees made jewelry with kids and helped them pick out temporary tattoos.

Back to School 2St. Anthony’s Executive Director Barry Stenger expressed our gratitude to our community partners for their support: “In a time when tensions are running high in San Francisco between the haves and have-nots, we are fortunate to see the overwhelming generosity of people who are eager to make a difference for the poorest families in our community. St. Anthony’s is in a unique position to connect low-income children in San Francisco with a groundswell of support from donors around the Bay Area. In times like these, we see again and again that as a city, we are committed to taking care of each other. We extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the mid-market tech companies and our nonprofit partners for making this event possible.”

Our Free Clothing Program is the largest in San Francisco and serves over 8,500 men, women, and children every year. Visit our website to learn how you can help support San Franciscans in need.

-Check out photos from the event here. 

-Watch KTVU 2’s news coverage here.

Face Painting Superstar

FacePaintingAlison from nonprofit fundraising platform Flipcause was a face painting superstar at our Back to School event today. Butterflies, motorcycles, superheroes, you name it—they asked, and she delivered.

The kids reminded her that backpacks & pencils aren’t the only supplies you need at school: “I gave a few little girls some advice about how to handle bullies, so I feel pretty complete today.”

Thanks to Alison and the rest of our incredible volunteers for helping our youngest guests start the school year off right.

On Schedule to Serve San Francisco

The scaffolding’s coming down, the drywall’s going up, and we’re on schedule to open the doors to the New St. Anthony’s Dining Room this fall.

When construction’s complete, we’ll be able to serve 43% more guests in a gorgeous space with floor-to-ceiling windows, state-of-the-art equipment, and easy access to the rest of our programs & services, helping San Franciscans in need find a path to stability.

Stay tuned for details on the grand opening!

Hunger Action Day

Rallying at the CapitolSt. Anthony’s believes that access to adequate, nutritious and safe food is a fundamental human right. Last week, we rallied the troops and headed to Sacramento to join California Hunger Action Coalition groups from across the state and make our voices heard. Our guests, volunteers & staff sat down with lawmakers to share stories about how proposed anti-hunger legislation would effect their lives.

Addressing a fired-up crowd on the steps of the Capitol, State Senator Mark Leno, Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano & Phil Ting, and our very own Advocacy Coordinator Colleen Rivecca spoke about food insecurity in California communities.

Thank you to everyone who made the trip with us and helped to provide a voice for San Franciscans in need.

View photos from Hunger Action Day.