SF receives record food donation

June 5, 2008 11:58:00 AM PDT
Some Bay Area food banks are having trouble meeting demand because of the weak economy. But, supplies are getting a boost in San Francisco as one food maker makes one of the biggest canned food donations in state history.

An entire semi-truck dropped off 35,000 cans of tomatoes to the SF Food Bank. It is one of the biggest donations to a food bank in California history. All the canned tomatoes will be distributed to food pantries around the Bay Area.

In all the SK Foods will donate a million cans to food banks throughout the state. With rising food prices and fewer donations - this delivery comes at a perfect time.

"It's very exciting to actually see the label on the can and see it in the food bank. This is a great facility and we are really excited to be able to donate such a large amount of food," said Stephanie Salyer, SK Foods.

"It will be a huge benefit to us - especially at a time when a lot of shelf stable foods have been dropping off. This is a great product to have. We'll be able to distribute it out to the community," said Marguerite Nowak, SF Food Bank.

Just last week, Nancy Pelosi visited the food bank to bring attention to the rising cost of food and how it impacts low income families. The food bank says it's serving about 6,000 more people over the last year. They distribute enough food out of the San Francisco Food Bank every day to serve 66,000 meals. So the canned tomatoes will make a huge difference, especially right now while donations are down.


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