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GLIDE’s 20+ Years of Heartfelt Community Service: The Annual Grocery Bag Giveaway

GLIDE’s Annual Grocery Bag Giveaway, a tradition spanning over two decades, once again spreads hope across the city, one bag at a time. This year, under the strategic guidance of Jean Cooper, our Chief Impact and Strategy Officer, in collaboration with GAP Inc., marked another chapter in our long-standing commitment to our community.

Our Grocery Bag Giveaway symbolizes our deep-rooted dedication to addressing food insecurity and fostering community well-being. This year’s giveaway set a new benchmark in logistical coordination and outreach. A staggering 5,500 grocery bags, each thoughtfully packed with nutritious and comforting food items, were distributed across the city. The distribution actively spanned 11 pickup locations and 21 delivery sites, ensuring widespread accessibility.

The grocery bags offered two different meals in line with our inclusive approach. The ‘Turkey Bags’ contained traditional holiday favorites, including turkey, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, dinner rolls, and cauliflower. Alternatively, the ‘Chicken and Tofu Bags’ catered to different dietary preferences with chicken, rice, soy sauce, dinner rolls, and oranges. This choice underscored our sensitivity to the city’s multicultural fabric.

The preparation for this massive undertaking began on Monday, December 11th, 2023, at 8:00 a.m., marking the start of a well-coordinated effort that spanned several days. The first delivery of bags commenced December 13th at 7:00 a.m., signaling the beginning of a city-wide distribution. The delivery process, powered by GLIDE’s drivers and a fleet of trucks, efficiently reached multiple locations across San Francisco.

“This is why I came to GLIDE,” says Gina Fromer, President and CEO, “for its constant dedication to the community, its rich history, and its unwavering commitment to being radically inclusive.” Gina’s words resonate as she recalls assisting with the assembly of grocery bags, pulling back her sleeves, and working alongside volunteers, embodying the hands-on leadership and community spirit at the heart of GLIDE.

Our Annual Grocery Bag Giveaway has been much more than just food distribution for years. It symbolizes communal solidarity, shining as a beacon of hope in challenging times and epitomizing our deep-seated commitment to nurturing and empowering the San Francisco community. This enduring tradition has thrived due to the unwavering support of our donors, our volunteers’ selfless dedication, our staff’s tireless efforts, and our community’s resilient spirit.

We look forward to upholding this vital tradition for years to come.