Being the Church in the New Normal: St. Gregory's Food Pantry

Posted on March 31, 2020. Updated on March 31, 2020

This fall, St. Gregory of Nyssa's The Food Pantry will celebrate twenty years of working to feed hungry San Franciscans and build a resilient community of hope. Like most people in San Francisco, the last few weeks have been challenging for us. We are the only food pantry that welcomes people from every zip code area of the city, many of whom come to us on public transportation. We believe it is essential to show our love by encouraging physical distancing. Many of the people who come to get food and those who give food away are members of vulnerable groups. Because of this, we have had to close our normal operations.

The good news is that we are finding new ways to serve. Beginning on Saturday, April 4, we will welcome the San Francisco/Marin County Food Bank to set up a “pop up” food pantry on our parking lot. Those who live in the St. Gregory’s zip codes, 94107 and 94110, will be able to come and get a pre-packed bag of produce and groceries that the Food Bank will provide us free of charge. We will give away food from noon – 2 p.m. every Saturday until this crisis is over. We are also researching ways to deliver bags of groceries to vulnerable members of our neighborhood and will begin this service soon. The food bank is looking for other neighborhood locations to set up these kinds of pantries; contact them for more information.

Amid sorrow, lock-down, unemployment, and economic uncertainty, it remains a great blessing to serve through The Food Pantry––a place where every week, no matter the challenge, all kinds of people come together to share food with their neighbors, and to care for each other in the most basic way.