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Somos Esenciales

The next Paseo Artístico is June 18! “Somos Esenciales” celebrates Latinx labor and essential workers in the Mission. The event will go from 12pm-6pm starting on 24th Street Calle 24 Latino Cultural District and culminate at the Mission Food Hub at 701 Alabama.

Presented by Acción Latina, “Somos Esenciales / We Are Essential” is a bilingual, multimedia performance and research project by local theatermaker Paul S. Flores who worked with 15 volunteers from the Mission Food Hub to document their experiences with COVID during the pandemic. A live performance of their stories will be followed by a public round table discussion about mental health and Latino livelihood post pandemic with City Health workers and policy makers including Dr. Lisa Fortuna, head of psychiatry at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital, Joshua Arce, SF Director of Office of Workforce Development, Dr Hilary Kunins, SF Director of Behavioral Heath, Food Hub Director Roberto Hernandez and researcher/writer Adriana Camarena.

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About Our Organization

Feeding Our Community

The Mission Food Hub was founded in May 2020 to provide culturally appropriate groceries for families who were affected by COVID-19. In San Francisco, food inequity is currently impacting over 12,000 Latinos who are unemployed and the Mission District is Ground ZERO for the coronavirus. We started providing 500 families with one grocery bag a week. The lines of people rapidly grew to 1,800 within a couple of weeks. We are now providing culturally appropriate groceries three times a week to 7,000 families!

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Our Mission & Core Values

We collectively serve our community by procuring and distributing culturally-appropriate and nutritious food to ensure the well-being of families and individuals. We are motivated by love, respect, and a desire to provide dignity to our Latino people who are experiencing hunger and are in need of food.

Social Justice

We commit to addressing the root causes of food inequity in the Latino community and advocate for social justice change to ensure the availability of safe, sufficient, and nutritious food. We believe good nutrition is a human right and that empowered people and communities thrive.


We honor the inherent worth and dignity of every person and treat all with equity and love.


We build strong relationships and partnerships by collaborating with diverse people, organizations, churches, government agencies, and neighborhoods who share our vision of a healthy, hunger-free Latino community. Our collaborations will address the root causes of hunger, promote entrepreneurial creativity, and maintain optimism to develop opportunities for permanent employment, self-employment and business development for Latino people.

In The Press


by KRON4 Staff
November 21, 2020

KRON4 - Mission Food Hub has launched a campaign to feed 7,000 people on Thanksgiving. Grocery boxes will be available starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. Donations to the Mission Food Hub, a project of Carnaval San Francisco (CANA) can be mailed to: Mission Food Hub - CANA, 1333 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110 or made online at:

Contact Us

(415) 206-0577

701 Alabama Street, San Francisco,

CA 94110

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