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San Francisco Daily Free Meals and Food

Nourishing the bodies and souls of all in need with nutritious meals served in an atmosphere of love and respect.

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More than 500,000

Meals served in fiscal year 2020-2021

1 in 4

San Franciscans suffers from food insecurity

Nourishing the body and soul

GLIDE’s mission of building empathy, transforming lives, and being radically inclusive has always found its core expression in our Daily Free Meals program. Food insecurity affects one in four San Franciscans. What began in 1969 as a weekly volunteer-run potluck for 50 people now serves approximately 2,000 meals a day.

GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals Program provides three nutritious meals a day, 364 days a year, to the poor, homeless and hungry. As GLIDE’s largest program, it serves as a gateway to the rest of GLIDE’s programs and services. The Department of Disability and Aging Services partially funds GLIDE’s Daily Free Meal program.

The Daily Free Meals program emphasizes cultural appropriate meals, with choice and variety, and an environment where those can eat with dignity. To top it off, our program partnered with GLIDE”s Family Resource Center to create our own sustainable Zero Waste Food Pantry allowing us to provide nourishing food in reusable and compostable containers.

Meal Times

The Daily Free Meals program has no eligibility requirements. Clients are not required to complete an intake form prior to receiving a meal.

  • Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 am
  • Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Dinner: 4:00 – 5:00 pm (Mon – Fri)
  • Bagged Lunches: 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Sat & Sun)

Meal Times for Seniors, Families and Adults with Disabilities

Special breakfast service reserved for seniors, families and adults with disabilities each morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am.

Holiday Meals

Each year, GLIDE’s holiday events bring critically needed services, build community, and spread holiday joy to GLIDE’s community of clients, staff, supporters, volunteers, and congregants.Special meals are served during the holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Eve. GLIDE’s special holiday programs run through November and December and include GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam, Thanksgiving (11/25), the Grocery Bag Giveaway, Toy Wonderland, Christmas Eve’s House of Prime Rib Luncheon (12/24), Christmas Day Celebration (12/25) and more.

Want to Know More?

For more information about these programs, please contact George Gundry:

ggundry@glide.org