Mission Food Hub Providing Games and Toys for Local Families Affected by Pandemic


CANA - Mission Food Hub

1333 Florida Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

415.206.0577 

Contact – Roberto Hernandez

415.987.0577 latinzoneprod@aol.com

PRESS RELEASE

December 12, 2020

San Francisco, CA


As San Francisco faces another lockdown with closures and yet more job losses, the Mission

Food Hub is providing local children with a bit of cheer. Many of the families in San Francisco’s Mission District have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 (and before that gentrification), with kids unable to go outside, play or go to school.


On December 20th, the Mission Food Hub, which has been providing 7,000 families with

healthy, culturally appropriate food for months, will be giving out toys to those families, with a Christmas parade throughout the neighborhood sponsored by the San Francisco Lowrider

Council. For those kids who are unable to come to Mission Food Hub’s Florida St. location, the Lowrider Council will deliver toys to homes of disabled children, those with COVID 19 or special needs, and large families with several children. 


Mission Food Hub’s founder and director Roberto Hernandez is hoping to raise $125,000 with an eye towards providing kids with educational and interactive games and toys which

encourage outside play, to help to relieve the monotony of months of online learning. “These kids are really in need of fun,” says Hernandez. “We’re hoping to bring them toys and games that get them to go outside, move their bodies and use their minds.” Toy distribution will take place on December 20th at the Mission Food Hub at 12:00 noon.


Mission Food Hub is accepting donations of toys as well as money for the toy drive. Toys can be dropped off at Mission Food Hub on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 am to 1 pm. Donations to the Mission Food Hub, a project of Carnaval San Francisco (CANA) can be mailed to: Mission Food Hub – CANA, 1333 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110, or made online at: givebutter.com/6HtzZM.


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The Latino Task Force COVID - 19, was created to bring together a coalition of organization & government to address impact of COVID - 19 for Latinos in San Francisco.


The Mission District is Ground ZERO for people with the coronavirus in San Francisco. Food

inequity is impacting over 12,000 Latinos in San Francisco who are unemployed. The Mission

Food Hub was given birth to provide groceries for families and is managed and operated by 156 volunteers. We started providing 500 families with one grocery bag once a week but the lines of people rapidly grew to 1,800 within a couple of weeks. We are now providing cultural

appropriate groceries to 7,000 families, three days a week:


Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 10:00 AM

701 Alabama Street

San Francisco, CA 94110


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CANA - Mission Food Hub

1333 Florida Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

415.206.0577 

Contact – Roberto Hernandez

415.987.0577 latinzoneprod@aol.com

PRESS RELEASE

November 9, 2020

San Francisco, CA


Mission Food Hub Puts Hope Back into Thanksgiving for Local Families


As San Francisco anticipates a new day in the White House and a local Vice President-elect, the Bay Area still faces pressing issues. For 7,000 families in San Francisco’s Mission District – the neighborhood hardest hit by COVID-19 (and before that gentrification) – the struggle to put food on the table continues. As Thanksgiving nears, the Mission District-based Mission Food Hub is going into high gear. The local volunteer-run nonprofit’s goal is to offer 7,000 healthy Thanksgiving meal kits to San Franciscans who have been most impacted by the pandemic and economic downturn, to make sure that everyone is able to enjoy a home cooked holiday meal on Thanksgiving.


In order to achieve their goal, the Mission Food Hub is looking to the San Francisco community to help them out. The Thanksgiving meal ingredients will cost more than $200,000, funds which founder Roberto Hernandez is hoping to raise from donations over the next two weeks. “Thankfully, some people who lost their jobs are going back to work now. But many families still don’t have enough money for food because they permanently lost their jobs or are on reduced hours or because they have to stay home with their kids. We’re here for them, so they can have a holiday too,” says Hernandez.


Hernandez began the Food Hub seven months ago from his garage, recognizing the dire need to feed families in his Mission District neighborhood struck by the COVID-19 crisis. Community members and local foundations have supported the organization with generous contributions, but the number of families seeking relief has grown exponentially and the line for food is often several blocks long. Each week, hundreds of volunteers work together at the Mission Food Hub’s warehouse on Alabama Street to make sure that no one goes unfed, and that the food offered is culturally appropriate and nutritious.


“Many of the people we feed have no access to government benefits and would go hungry without our mutual support,” says Hernandez. “Children, elders, immigrants, the disabled and families suffering COVID-19 infection have been hit really hard by this. To them, a healthy and full meal on Thanksgiving is a sign of hope and healing, which is exactly what the holiday is all about.”


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Donations to the Mission Food Hub, a project of Carnaval San Francisco (CANA) can be mailed to: Mission Food Hub – CANA, 1333 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110, or made online at: givebutter.com/6HtzZM.


Thanksgiving meal groceries kits will be distributed at the Mission Food Hub’s warehouse at 701 Alabama St. on November 20th, 23rd, and 25th between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.


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The Latino Task Force COVID - 19, was created to bring together a coalition of organization & government to address impact of COVID - 19 for Latinos in San Francisco.


The Mission District is Ground ZERO for people with the coronavirus in San Francisco. Food inequity is impacting over 12,000 Latinos in San Francisco who are unemployed. The Mission Food Hub was given birth to provide groceries for families, and is managed and operated by 156 volunteers. We started providing 500 families with one grocery bag once a week but the lines of people rapidly grew to 1,800 within a couple of weeks. We are now providing cultural appropriate groceries to 7,000 families, three days a week:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 10:00 AM

701 Alabama Street

San Francisco, CA 94110



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