Back-to-School Day!

The first day of school is fast approaching and for many families this means a shopping trip to get a new backpack, school supplies and a fresh new set of clothing. However for many families in San Francisco, especially those that visit St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program, these shopping trips are simply not a financial reality. 81 percent of the families that utilize the services at our Free Clothing Program live at or below the federal poverty line, and the average monthly income for families that utilize these services is $1,441.20. When a family has to pay for rent, medical costs, food, and other bills, it doesn’t leave much behind in the budget to spend on getting the essentials for school. Therefore, we see a lot of families using our Free Clothing Program during this time of year. On Friday, August 7th, we will be hosting the 4th annual Back to School event. Thanks to the generosity of our corporate partners Dolby and McKesson along with nonprofit organizations My New Red Shoes, Warm Winters and Read Indeed, our Free Clothing Program will be able to provide 200 children with a new backpack filled with school supplies and books, a personalized pair of shoes, a $50 gift card to Old Navy, and new sets of clothing to get them prepared and ready for the first day of school and beyond! St. Anthony’s is committed to making sure that even our smallest guests have the essentials that they need in order to be able to progress towards realizing their hopes and dreams. A quality education provides a pathway for students to realize their maximum potential and achieve stability....

Fogust: St. Anthony’s Has You Covered

You’re invited to join St. Anthony’s brand-new Young Professionals Council at Fogust, a celebration and exploration of all the feelings that unite us as San Franciscans. Test your knowledge of San Francisco social justice issues in a pub quiz, grab a drink, take pictures in our photo booth, and write a first-day-of-school note to a child who will receive a backpack and school supplies at St. Anthony’s Back to School event — all while soaking in the amazing Mission Rock view. The event is pay what you like! Any ticket option will get you in and includes one beer and tote bag. Come out and meet others interested in the ways their community is changing, while getting to know an organization passionate about making San Francisco a place where all people can flourish. Thank you to our generous hosts at Mission Rock Resort who will be offering our guests an optional $20 brunch buffet. See you...

38th Annual Penny Pitch and Raffle

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.  This year’s Penny Pitch raised nearly $80,000 to support San Franciscans living in poverty. Emceed by KNBR‘s dynamic duo “Murph & Mac,” the contest featured 36 teams vying for the coveted Penny Pitch trophy. Congratulations to veteran players Media Allstars for taking home the gold! A special thank you to Janet & Pete Osborne of Momo’s and the 38th Annual Penny Pitch Host committee for organizing this lively event. Check out the photo album...

For the Veterans Who Gave All

On most days in St. Anthony’s Dining Room, you’ll find Cheryl singing tributes to the people she loves in the Tenderloin.  This past Monday – Memorial Day – her songs were replaced by quiet contemplation and thoughts of her late husband, a Veteran of World War II.  She held a small American Flag close to her heart, a remembrance for the sake of a song. Cheryl was joined at the table by Henry, a Veteran from the Vietnam War era.  Despite the hustle and bustle around them – this is St. Anthony’s busiest day of the year – Henry’s thoughts, too, were of fellow soldiers no longer here to be honored on this day.  “Other people have other minds for festivities, but mine is focused on the Veterans who gave all.” Memorial Day is a perfect storm in St. Anthony’s Dining Room.  People surviving on a modest fixed-income have run out of funds for the month and the federal holiday means other services are closed.  Add to the mix that many people in San Francisco have other things on their mind, namely the three B’s of Memorial Day:  Beaches, Barbeques, and Baseball.  Preparing for this meal is a herculean feat to accomplish for the chefs and regular volunteers who scramble to keep up with the dramatic rise in demand for meals; 4,000 meals to be exact, fourteen hundred higher than the daily average. The three B’s of Memorial Day are the last thing on the minds of those who turn to St. Anthony’s for a meal, including hundreds of homeless and low-income Veterans.  One in every five meals served...

Serving those who’ve served our country

Memorial Day in St. Anthony’s Dining Room: The Busiest Day of the Year St. Anthony’s Dining Room is braced to serve up to 3,500 meals on Memorial Day, over a thousand more meals than the average day. One in five of those meals will be served to a Veteran. Henry, a regular diner at St. Anthony’s, is one of the hundreds of Veterans who will be served that day.  Henry served his country in the Marines from 1969 – 1976.  Honorably discharged, he struggled to find his way in life after returning back to the United States from the Far East.  Henry attributes the disproportionate number of Veterans in the Dining Room to a disconnect between their lives and where they go to receive services. “What happens to a lot of Veterans I know is that they don’t realize they have all these benefits.  I didn’t go to the VA until 1996.  I got back from the service in 1976.  A lot of Veterans get disconnected.  They put you back in society to survive on your own.” For St. Anthony’s, the cost of war can be seen every day in the staggering number of Veterans who slip beneath the safety net and turn to the free Dining Room for food, services, and even more importantly, friendship.  On Memorial Day, that number reaches an all time high. Ed – a Veteran of the Marine Corp and a longtime volunteer who has spent nearly a decade serving meals in the Dining Room – lamented the fact that many Vietnam War Veterans never got thanked. “A lot of the reasons we see...

Bay Area Broadcaster and St. Anthony’s Supporter Lon Simmons Passes at 91

Those who’ve read all the kind and great things said about Lon Simmons, the former broadcaster for the ‪Giants, A’s, and 49ers will not be surprised to know that his compassion and goodness was expressed each month through a generous donation to support the work of St. Anthony’s. Lon took care of all of us who couldn’t get to the game and listened over the airwaves. For decades and right up to the present, he made sure that the poorest among us also listened to the game after having shared a nutritious meal in our Dining Room. Read more about the life of Lon in SFGate....