THE SF MARKET PROGRAMS
As we invest and plan for the future of The SF Market, we continue to focus our efforts on increasing the impact of our programs, which include: maximizing food recovery and increasing access to healthy food, leading educational tours, creating and linking job opportunities, connecting with local farmers, and supporting healthy retail and food policy efforts.
Healthy Food Access
Food Recovery Program
Each day we connect surplus fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods to communities throughout the Bay Area. Food Recovery builds value across the food chain. Here’s how:
Improves Healthy Food Access
Food Recovery connects our Bay Area neighbors with healthy prepared foods and whole fruits and vegetables making access to healthy food more widespread throughout our region.
Saves Money for Business on the Market
Like small businesses throughout the food system, our family-owned merchant business operate on narrow margins. Food recovery saves them money on waste disposal fees.
Reduces Environmental Impact
Food waste is a significant contributor to global warming, both as wasted inputs to grow uneaten food and the greenhouse gas effects of disposed organic material. Food recovery makes sure good food gets eaten.
A Collective Effort
Our Food Recovery program exists thanks to our community partners. Each day, nonprofits and grassroots community organizers pick up food and deliver it to their community members both as hot meals and groceries.
Our Community Partners
Bayview Senior Services, Catholic Charities, City Impact, Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals, Episcopal Community Services, Food Runners, Food Shift Kitchen, Free the Need, Ida B. Wells High School – Heat of the Kitchen Program, Little Sisters of the Poor, Martin de Porres House of Hospitality, SF-Marin Food Bank Turn On To America, United Council of Human Services/Mother Brown’s Dining Room, University of San Francisco’s Chapter of Food Recovery Network
The SF Market Food Recovery by the Numbers
Pounds of Produce Saved since August 2016
Estimated # of Meals Provided by our Partners
Average Number of Pounds Diverted Per Day
The SF Market Food Recovery Program is generously funded by the Bothin Foundation, the Cliff Bar Family Foundation, the San Francisco Department of the Environment Zero Waste Grant Program, and the General Mills Foundation
Healthy Retail & Food Policy Efforts
The SF Market is committed to increasing access to healthy produce for low-income communities. We have long participated both in local neighborhood efforts in the Bayview as well as City-wide efforts to increase access to healthy food for all San Franciscans. The SF Market staff play an active role in the following coalitions working together to increase access to healthy foods and end hunger in San Francisco: Healthy SouthEast (formerly SEFA/Bayview HealZone); Healthy Retail SF program, and San Francisco’s Food Security Taskforce.
The SF Market donates healthy produce for community events to organizations located in our Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. As we are located in the Bayview, and it is one of the neighborhoods in San Francisco that has been identified as a food desert, we provide Bayview Hunters Point community organizations with fresh and healthy donated produce for their events.