California currently has an estimated 130,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given day which accounts for more than one-quarter of the total homeless population nationwide. The vast majority are unsheltered and seek the help of local charities.
Take a moment and explore how each of these charities are making a difference in the local community by providing much needed support to those in need.
The restaurants of San Francisco throw out perfectly good unused food everyday. The Food Runners organization has made it their mission to collaborate with over 450 restaurants, caterers, and grocery stores to deliver this food and relieve the hunger of those in poverty.
Since 1987, Food Runners now has over 250 active volunteers that help deliver more than 15 tons of food a week.
Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand has provided San Francisco and Oakland communities with meals, helped individuals recover from illness, and has guided community members to lead healthier lives.
Project Open Hand serves individuals in poverty over 2,500 nutritious meals and 200 bags of groceries per day.
Farming Hope provides sustained employment and training in the culinary industry to homeless and low-income people in the San Francisco community.
Since 2016, Farming Hope has provided community, service, and opportunity through urban farming and cooking.
LifeMoves offers a proven model of support for the homeless in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties by providing case management, job and housing search, child services, and much more.
Since 1987, LifeMoves has been successful in teaching their clients to be financially independent and return to stable housing and a self-sufficient lifestyle.
WeHOPE provides emergency and supportive housing shelter for homeless and at-risk adults in East Palo Alto and surrounding San Mateo County and Santa Clara County communities.
WeHOPE also offers many resources and services such as the mobile hygiene outreach and jobs training program.
Project Homeless Connect strengthens and utilizes collaborations with city agencies, businesses, and organizations. They provide comprehensive holistic services for at-risk homeless and current homeless individuals.
Since 2004, Project Homeless Connect has provided hair cuts, hearing tests, mental health services, and much more for over 1,300 individuals.
Founded in 1985, Hamilton Families has provided shelter, transitional housing, and child services for families experiencing homelessness in the Bay Area.
Hamilton Families provides three square meals a day and social services for 50 families a night; furthermore, they assist families in housing search, temporary rent assistance, case management, and job search.
Since 1971, Raphael House has made it their mission to help at risk families achieve a stable income and financial independence through personalized family-centered solutions.
Raphael House’s residential shelter serves an average of 51 families each year and 85% of families achieve stable housing through this effective program.
For over 100 years, Compass Family Services has led the way in guiding San Francisco families in becoming self-sufficient.
By providing shelter, 18 month transitional housing, and a childhood education center, Compass Family Services has helped over 95% of the families they work with succeed in life.
SF-Marin Food Bank’s vision is for everyone in their communities to have proper nutritious meals that would support the health and well-being of each individual.
SF-Marin Food Bank delivers groceries to 225,000 people every year at over 260 pantries in San Francisco and Marin Counties. SF-Marin Food Bank is on a mission to provide as much fresh produce as possible.
In the San Francisco Tenderloin District, St. Anthony’s feeds, shelters, clothes and provides valuable nourishment to the homeless.
Guided by the Franciscan values of healing, community, personalism, justice, and gratitude, St. Anthony’s has served vulnerable populations since 1950. They provide 2,400 meals a day, clean clothing, and addiction recovery services.
Since 1974, the dedicated staff and volunteers of Samaritan House have provided food, access to shelter, and healthcare to the homeless of San Mateo county.
Samaritan House delivers 756,000 meals annually, provides short term housing and two free medical and dental clinics. Samaritan House empowers people with financial resources to guide them toward a more stable and successful future.
Since 2006, DISH has provided high-quality, permanent housing to San Franciscans who suffer from serious health issues.
DISH provides housing to 450 formally homeless individuals at six housing sites in San Francisco while promoting well-being through health education, yoga, and art activities.
Since 1971, BOSS has been guiding the homeless, poor, and disabled towards a more healthy and self-sufficient lifestyle.
BOSS has helped many homeless individuals achieve a more stable income, housing, and lasting wellness with access to emergency shelter, supported independent living, and other services.
The mission of the St. Vincent De Paul Society is to directly offer hope and service to those in poverty. Since 1860, St. Vincent de Paul Society has worked to break the cycles of homelessness and domestic violence.
St. Vincent de Paul Society continues to improve the lives of over 1,000 people a day through financial support, emotional and spiritual guidance, and by providing basic necessities such as food and shelter.
Episcopal Community Services (ECS) provides essential services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in San Francisco since 1983, utilizing a holistic approach that addresses the multiple causes leading to homelessness.
ECS serves more than 13,000 people each year offering food, shelter, job training, counseling and education to improve the San Francisco community.
Glide has formed an inclusive community to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty, homelessness, drug use, and family crisis.
Glide provides over 2,000 daily meals per day, family support services, and leadership training to support people along pathways toward stabilization and self-sufficiency.
Downtown Streets Team provides homeless individuals with the opportunity to engage in beautification projects such as street cleaning and creek restoration.
Downtown Streets Team challenges Team Members to take an active role in their own recovery and also empowers them to create long-term solutions which can lead to full-time job placement and housing.
Simply the Basics mission is to improve and sustain the overall health and wellbeing of low income communities and those experiencing homelessness by providing easy access to hygiene products such as socks, soap, lotion, sanitizing wipes, and much more.
Simply the Basics seeks to save nonprofits time and resources by managing, securing, and redistributing their in-kind and hygiene related needs, allowing them to focus their time on clients and their Mission.
Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program's mission is to provide food, household furnishings, care, and compassion to those in need throughout Emeryville and surrounding communities.
For over 30 years, ECAP has been provided coats, blankets, household items, referral information, and has feed more than 18,000 people fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and packaged food every month.
For over 40 years, HomeFirst has been a leading provider of services, shelter, and housing opportunities to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Santa Clara County.
HomeFirst provides transitional, emergency interim, and permanent housing for more than 6,000 individuals each year. HomeFirst also offers an outreach program in which their team distributes necessary supplies and information to those who are unsheltered in San Jose.
For over 35 years, Alameda County Community Food Bank has distributed millions of healthy meals every year and are on the forefront of new approaches to ending hunger and poverty.
Alameda Food Bank partners with over 350 agencies and together they provide a comprehensive approach to delivering basic necessities on a massive scale in order to tackle food insecurity and its harmful effects.
Second Harvest provides food to an average of 500,000 kids, families, and seniors every month at drive-thru and walk-up sites across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties through their programs and an expansive network of over 300 nonprofit partners.
Founded in 1974, Second Harvest grocery programs offer free nutritious groceries and fresh produce to anyone in need and also connects people to federal nutrition programs, other food resources, and advocates for anti-hunger policies on the local, state and national levels.
City Team's mission is to restore lives and rebuild communities through innovative programs which provide food, shelter, clothing, training, and spiritual transformation.
For over 20 years, City Team has offered help and hope to our neighbors in need with hot meals, groceries, housing and restorative programs, learning and career help, discovery Bible studies, and more.
Destination: Home serves as a convener, working with partners to develop and fund strategies for homelessness reduction, and promote outcome-driven housing and service models in Santa Clara County.
Since 2015, Destination: Home has taken significant steps towards addressing homelessness in the community by helping connect more than 14,000 individuals to permanent housing.
Hunger at Home serves as a conduit between the business and nonprofit communities to channel excess food and surplus goods such as towels, blankets, and hygiene kits to homeless and hungry individuals and families throughout Silicon Valley.
Hunger at Home partners with local convention centers, hotels, and sports stadiums to collect the excess food and goods to distribute through a robust nonprofit network.
Loaves & Fishes provides hot and nutritious prepared meals to the homeless and underserved communities throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo County.
Founded in 1980, Loaves & Fishes has provided over 9 million meals and now serves over 1.4 million meals annually in order to remove the barriers to hunger relief in the Bay Area.
West Valley Community Services offers comprehensive programs free of charge to low income and homeless families in the west valley region of Santa Clara County.
Founded in 1973, West Valley Community Services provides a continuum of basic needs, including an in-house and mobile food pantry, homeless support, affordable housing, emergency financial assistance, family support, referrals, education, and case management.
Sunnyvale Community Services mission is to prevent homelessness and hunger in Santa Clara County. SCS addresses critical needs to help low-income families who are often one bill away from hunger and homelessness.
SCS distributes over 900 tons of nutritious food year-round and assists low-income individuals with financial support for rent, security deposits, utility bills, car repairs, and gift cards for immediate family needs.