Our History

Over six decades ago, Franciscan Friar Fr. Alfred Boeddeker had a vision of uniting vulnerable populations in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

His vision became a reality on October 4, 1950 as he opened the doors of St. Anthony’s Dining Room. The first day our Dining Room opened, Fr. Alfred expected to serve 150 meals to low-income and homeless Guests. He ended up serving 400.

This day marked the beginning of an era – one in which all individuals could come together, enjoy a hot, nutritious meal, and be part of a loving community.

Today, we continue to thrive on serving hope daily and providing essential support to our Guests in need. We bring people together in this work because we know it takes a community to break down barriers and create a society where all people flourish. Find out how you can help.

24 HRS AT ST. ANTHONY’S

DINING ROOM

serves 2,000-3,000 hot, nutritious meals per day

MEDICAL CLINIC

provides care to more than 4,600 patients through more than 14,000 visits a year

TECHNOLOGY LAB

provides digital justice through computer access and education for 105 guests

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

FREE CLOTHING PROGRAM

ADDICTION RECOVERY

SOCIAL WORK

JUSTICE EDUCATION

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Introducing Virtual Curbside

Your donation dollars go further with the bulk food purchasing power of our Dining Room.

Donations through our Virtual Curbside enable us to purchase more of our most-needed items.

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