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On Christmas, St. Anthony’s Will Serve 1,500 Meals in the Heart of the Tenderloin


Media Contact:
Sally Haims | Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
(415) 254-5884 | SHaims@stanthonysf.org

Kitchen staff has prepared more than 2,100 pounds of chicken leg quarters, 160 pounds of rice, 400 pounds of mixed vegetables, and 470 pounds of brownies.

WHAT: For more than 70 years, St. Anthony’s has provided a warm meal on Christmas Day to those in need. This year, St. Anthony’s expects to serve 1,500 meals with the support of 60 volunteers who will bus tables, serve, and most importantly offer community and connection with our guests.

To serve this many people, St. Anthony’s kitchen staff has prepared more than 2,100 pounds of chicken leg quarters, 160 pounds of rice, 400 pounds of mixed vegetables, and 470 pounds of brownies.

WHO: St. Anthony Foundation

WHEN: Monday, December 25, 2023. Lunch service from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 a.m. for coffee and pastries)

WHERE: St. Anthony Foundation Dining Room, 121 Golden Gate Ave. near Jones Street, First Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102

WHY: As an organization inspired by 800-plus-year-old Franciscan values, St. Anthony’s believes that on Christmas, and every day, we’re called to uplift those most in need with the dignity and respect that each person deserves. St. Anthony’s is more than a dining room and has provided community, hope, stability, and renewal for those on the margins for more than seven decades. St. Anthony’s dining room provides a bridge to life-changing services offered, including medical care, mental health treatment, a year-long residential recovery program for men, job training, and more.

“Christmas is all about family. For many folks in the Tenderloin, St. Anthony’s is family. We’re deeply grateful to our donors and volunteers whose kindness and support allow us to continue opening our doors and our hearts to those in need on Christmas and all year round,” said Bryan Young, Interim CEO, St. Anthony’s. “Our mission at St. Anthony’s is to create a warm, welcoming community where everyone is invited in to change their lives for the better, including our team members, supporters, and guests.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Sally Haims, 415-254-5884


Photo Ops & Interviews

  • St. Anthony’s Dining Room (We deeply respect the privacy of our guests and ask that you do not film or photograph their faces)
  • 60 volunteers serving 1,500 meals to guests
  • Interview Opportunities
    • Leaders from St. Anthony’s, including Bryan Young, Interim CEO

How to Help this Holiday Season

  • St. Anthony’s experiences a shortage of volunteers immediately after Christmas and during January and February.
  • The public is invited to make a difference by signing up online for a volunteer shift in the Dining Room, Free Clothing Program, or Technology Computer Lab at stanthonysf.org.
  • To donate, visit stanthonysf.org.

About St. Anthony Foundation

In the Tenderloin’s struggle with poverty, addiction, and mental illness, St. Anthony Foundation has been a beacon of consistency, companionship, and caring for more than 70 years. We provide our guests with a range of services—from a place to rest or take a shower, clothing, and addiction recovery, to meals, medical care, and workforce development. At St. Anthony’s, we take a different approach, one that delivers meaningful results — Hope. Stability. Renewal.


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