Mission High School, Tuesday morning, April 14, 2020. Lola M. Chavez

The San Francisco-Marin Food bank’s demand has gone from some 32,000 households a week to 40,000 and, as some of the pantries have had to close, the Food Bank has opened new popups.

On Tuesdays, the food bank and about two dozen volunteers come to Mission High School.

At each pantry, feeding thousands requires a legion of volunteers who walk down organized lines of food. Each line includes boxes of the 11 items that volunteers add to double-strength bags.

To volunteer, donate or find out where to get your bag, visit the Food Bank’s website. Unlike others, SF-Marin Food Bank is not experiencing problems with its food chain.

Three onions. Lola M. Chavez.
One bag of carrots. Lola M. Chavez.
One bunch of celery. Lola M. Chavez.
Six apples. Lola M. Chavez.
Six oranges. Lola M. Chavez.
As volunteers go down the line,  someone has marked in chalk how many items are taken.  In this case, two grapefruits. Photo by Lola M. Chavez.
One two-pound sack of rice. Lola M. Chavez.
One bag of instant dry milk. Lola M. Chavez.
One can of soup. Lola M. Chavez.
Every day there is a protein: a chicken, ham or other meat. Today it was a carton of eggs. Lola M. Chavez.

The completed bags then go to a table, where the bags — along with a big container of orange juice – are ready for pickup.

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And away they go. Lola M. Chavez.

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Lola M. Chavez

I grew up in the Mission, went to School of the Arts high school for creative writing. Bounced around colleges from SFState, to CCSF, to CCA where I graduated with a degree in photography.

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