Local Mission District Restaurants Come to the Rescue
This blog comes to us from John McKnight, Director of Emergency and Disaster Services for the Salvation Army SF Metro and Golden State Division and who is leading the charge to feed the many San Franciscans who lost their homes due to last week’s numerous fires.
The best restaurant in town may this week be at the Red Cross emergency shelter located, and hosted by The Salvation Army Mission Corps. An outpouring of generosity and support by local eating establishments in the Mission have filled up most of the meals scheduled for the Shelter residents. Initially, the Mass Feeding Coordinator, John McKnight of The Salvation Army, was put in contact with Vinny Eng of Tartine Bakery and Shakirah Simley of BiRite who began rallying and coordinating all of the good will in the area, on top of delivering meals from their restaurants through the week. Tartine has taken on all of the shelter’s breakfasts, and BiRite has given us the materials to make lunches for the children whose lunches we pack daily.
To date our meal plan includes fine foods from Tacolicious, HeyDay, Sprig, and more eateries are lining up to help. “I must tell you what a wonderful treat it is to be feeding the people of this shelter with such fine foods,” says John McKnight..”They have been through so much, and this generosity by local restaurants is giving the survivors healthy food to eat, and great meals to share together as a community.”
And in the spirit of the how food can bring us together during an emergency, check out our SF72 story from Charles Phan of the Slanted Door: