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"Hungry" is no way to spend childhood.

Every day The Salvation Army helps cure hunger by providing nutritious meals to neighbors in need.

17.4 million families go to bed hungry each night in the U.S. And an additional 6.9 million families face very low daily food security - that means they don't always know where their next meal is coming from.

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The Salvation Army feeds an average of 156,000 every single day in the U.S.

These meals are served to anyone in need - this includes homeless people of all ages, as well as individuals and families who may be down on their luck and in need of a helping hand. In addition to addressing the immediate symptoms of food insecurity, our programs are designed to help identify and treat its root cause. This approach focuses on meeting the physical, mental and spiritual needs of each person and helps move many from hungry to fully healed.

Here are some of the ways we help cure hunger in the Golden State Division.


Food Distributions
The Salvation Army's emergency food distribution program provides donated and purchased food to individuals and families. Case management is provided as necessary. Contact your local Program Center for more information.

Meal That Heal - San Francisco
Meals That Heal is a hot lunch meal delivery for shut-ins of all ages - This program provides home delivered meals to a growing population of homebound individuals who, due to incapacitating disabilities and illness, are unable to leave their home and shop for food or travel to one of The Salvation Army's many congregate meal sites. The Meals that Heal program offers hot, nutritious meals Monday through Friday and a weekend bag of groceries for those who require it.

This program is much more than a meal. The staff and volunteers provide a valuable human link for the participants to the outside world. For many, it is the only human contact they receive each day and this personal touch builds friendships that last for years. Staff provide visitations, assessing the physical and emotional state of the individual and arrange for further assistance when necessary, which has included this past year, wheelchairs, social services, walkers, refrigerators, clothing, blankets, mattresses and much more.

For more information, please call 415-440-HEAL, or contact Eleanor Katopes, Meals that Heal Director.