During National Salvation Army Week, we provide 3,000 food boxes in distribution.

Mar 16, 2021 | by Jennifer Byrd

The Salvation Army in San Francisco Holds DRIVE THROUGH Food Pantry for Thousands of Households

The Salvation Army provides 3,000 food boxes in drive-thru distribution

During National Salvation Army Week


San Francisco, CA (May 14, 2020) – As part of its continued service to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, on Saturday, May 16, The Salvation Army will provide one food box and gift card for 3,000 households at a drive-through food distribution from 10 am to 3 pm at The Power Station, 420 23rd St. San Francisco. Registration required at https://salarmy.us/DriveThruFood.

The Salvation Army is partnering with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who paid for a portion of the boxes through a donation and who helped supply more than 100 of the nearly 200 volunteers who are helping with the drive through food pantry. Food boxes weigh approximately 30 pounds and include a variety of non-perishable items and fresh produce.

In addition to this drive through pantry, The Salvation Army continues to provide weekly food pantries at its locations in the Tenderloin and SOMA neighborhoods and serve the homeless daily meals through its MealsinPlaceSF program.  

“As The Salvation Army continues to serve the people of San Francisco during the Coronavirus pandemic through its breadth of social services, we’re glad to be able to provide such a large number of families basic food provisions to help them during these unsettling times,” said Major Darren Norton, The Salvation Army’s Golden State Divisional Commander, based in San Francisco. “It’s part of our mission to serve the community, especially those in need, during a crisis. And now more than ever those who have been furloughed or lost employment due to the Coronavirus, need the extra care and support that we are equipped to provide every day, and certainly during these trying times.

The event occurs during National Salvation Army Week. In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved a joint resolution for President Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim a week to recognize the humanitarian efforts of The Salvation Army, one of the nation’s largest and oldest faith-based health and human service providers.

A total of 5,000 food boxes will be delivered as part of the LDS Church donation; 1,000 in the East Bay and 4,000 in San Francisco; 3,000 in the drive through food pantry and the remaining 1,000 will be delivered at pop up events.

In an ongoing effort to provide relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is responding, through commodity and cash donations, to an unprecedented number of humanitarian requests both in and outside the United States.

Each week in the U.S. 15 truckloads of commodities are being delivered by the Church to various food banks and charitable organizations.   $5.5 million in cash donations has also been provided to key relief agencies around the country, including the Salvation Army here and in Virginia.

“We’re deeply concerned about those we consider to be our brothers and sisters who are suffering because of COVID-19,” said Bishop Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “We want to help and know we can rely on these trusted partners, who are already doing so much good, to reach those who are in greatest need.”

How You Can Help:

  • Those who are unable to give their time can still help us meet the needs in their community by making a monetary donation. All of our community centers, facilities and programs need support to continue serving the most vulnerable populations. Donate online at goldenstate.salvationarmy.org
  • Text ‘HOPE’ to 52000 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.
  • Gift in Kind donations needed: Non-perishable food, water, cleaning supplies, bags, boxes, paper towels, toilet paper, masks and gloves.
  • The Salvation Army runs on volunteer power. Those interested and able to donate their time to help others during this trying time should email Volunteer Manager Melissa Doppler at Melissa.doppler@usw.salvationarmy.org
  • Corporations and foundations looking to get involved in the COVID-19 relief effort should contact Ernst Bauer at ernst.bauer@usw.salvationarmy.org or call 415.716.6680.

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About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army was established in London in 1865, and since 1883 has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area, offering practical support, spiritual comfort and a critical safety net to people in need. The safety net is funded in part by donations from the Red Kettle Campaign which started in San Francisco in 1891. Nearly 300,000 people living in the San Francisco Bay Area receive assistance from the Army annually through a range of social services; clothing and shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry, opportunities for underprivileged children, alcohol rehabilitation, transitional housing, nutritional and housing support for seniors and relief for disaster survivors. For every dollar donated to The Salvation Army, 82 cents is used to support those services in the facilities throughout San Francisco. For more information go to sanfrancisco.salvationarmy.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SalvationArmySF


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