Building Community Through Healthy Food
There are many ways to build relationships and trust among neighbors. One of our most effective is delivering food pantry groceries to neighbors who can’t stand in line or carry their groceries home. CLC’s Community Connectors engage neighbors–many of whom are older adults themselves–to pack and deliver food, call and check in on participants, organize activities, and much more.
Delivering food is just the start. Our Food Delivery Networks are creating connections to the larger community – among neighbors who pack and deliver groceries , other seniors and people with disabilities, and neighborhood organizations. Each network is a partnership among community leaders, neighborhood organizations, local pantries, the San Francisco Food Bank, and San Francisco’s Department of Aging and Adult Services.
Oceanview / Merced Heights / Ingleside (OMI)
Since 2009, the OMI network has delivered groceries to isolated neighbors and organized activities such as a twice-weekly walking group, regular computer classes, a monthly breast cancer support group, and an annual Aging While Black Forum to provide Neighborhood Volunteers and the wider community with opportunities to connect and support one another.
Parkmerced/University Park (PUP)
The PUP Food Delivery Network has been bringing healthy food and and connection to their neighbors since 2011. Long-time volunteers develop close relationships with food recipients, often calling in-between deliveries to check in. Read more about their work on our blog.
In addition to delivering food, the PUP Food Delivery Network focuses on individual advocacy and support to help neighbors get the help and support they need to continue to age and thrive at home. For information about the Parkmerced/University Park network, please email Community Connector Karen Holt.
In 2013, we expanded our Food Delivery Network to the Bayview. Community Connector Chester Williams, working together with dedicated neighborhood group HP UNITI, now coordinates deliveries to over 50 recipients. Long-time Bayview resident Beverly Taylor calls recipients to check in, remind them of upcoming deliveries, and help them find other resources they might need. To support the community and build connections, CLC also provides presentations on healthy aging, and offers computer classes. See our calendar for upcoming activities in the Bayview or email Chester for more information.