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San Francisco Food Not Bombs endorses the California Right to Rest Campaign and has sent letters of support to the sponsoring State Senator, Carol Liu, and to our local State Senator, Mark Leno.

More information on the campaign here:

Here’s our support letter:

March 23, 2015

Honorable Carol Liu
California State Senate
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: Right to Rest Act of 2015, SB 608 (Liu) - Support

Dear Senator Liu,

San Francisco Food Not Bombs supports your bill, SB 608, which will end
the criminalization of rest and accompanying violations of basic human and
civil rights for all people, regardless of their housing status.  In doing
so, SB 608 would encourage the diversion of expenditures on citing and
jailing people for resting in public spaces on efforts to prevent

California, with only 12 percent of the country’s overall population but
22 percent of its homeless population and 25 percent of its homeless
veteran population, is at the epicenter of the criminalization of
homelessness. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and
Poverty, California cities are substantially more likely than cities in
other states to ban rest. While only 33 percent of non-California cities
restrict this activity, 74 percent of California cities ban the practice.

Researchers from the Policy Advocacy Clinic at the University of
California at Berkeley Law School analyzed the prevalence of these types
of municipal codes restricting rest and sharing of food in 58 California
cities for its report “California’s New Vagrancy Laws: The Growing
Enactment and Enforcement of Anti-Homeless Laws in the Golden State.” 
Researchers identified over 500 municipal laws criminalizing standing,
sitting, resting, sleeping and sharing of food in public places as well as
laws making it illegal to ask for money, nearly nine laws per city, on
average. The study also found that the number of ordinances targeting
those behaviors rose along with the rise in homelessness following the
sharp decline of federal funding for affordable housing that was cut in
the early 1980s and again with the Great Recession in 2008.

Criminalizing practices which are not criminal not only worsens the
condition of people without homes, but also narrows their opportunities to
escape homelessness. By acknowledging the failure of municipal laws that
criminalize poverty and homelessness, we hope that passage of this
legislation will improve the focus on more humane and effective responses
to homelessness.

The Right to Rest Act of 2015 will end the practice of citing and
imprisoning Californians for resting, sharing food or practicing religion
in public.

 San Francisco Food Not Bombs supports SB 608 and thanks you for
introducing this important legislation.

San Francisco Food Not Bombs

The December 25th (Christmas) sharing will be on Hemlock Alley between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue at 3 PM rather than at the usual spot, the 16th Street/Mission BART Plaza.

The location is the Saturday location on this map.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


We will not be sharing food at the 16th/Mission BART Plaza on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27th.  We will return to the BART Plaza on Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 PM.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Some volunteers will be at St. Martin de Porres, 225 Potrero Avenue (between 15th and 16th) on Thanksgiving.  On Thursdays, St. Martin de Porres is open for breakfast from 5:30 to 7:30 AM, oatmeal at 6:30 AM, and for lunch from 12:00 to 2:00 PM.

More information:


More information:

Sadly, after three years of sharing donated food with hungry people at Haight and Stanyan Streets, that Saturday sharing must end.  Struggles getting enough volunteers to pick up and to cook food led to this unfortunate decision.

Thanks to everyone who took the initiative to resume sharing food at the entrance of Golden Gate Park three years ago and to everyone who kept it going and made it succeed until now.

We still have a weekly Thursday sharing at 16th/Mission BART Plaza, a weekly Friday sandwich sharing at the Civic Center, and a weekly Saturday coffee and bagel sharing in the Tenderloin.

More details here:

Mike Bell from our ongoing last Saturday of the month sharing at Haight and Stanyan requests help to keep the sharing going.  He writes, “We need A RELIABLE person who can:

1. pick up food saturday morning. unless you are really in shape,  you will need a car.

2. cook from about 11AM-3PM.”

So please step up to help Mike and the Saturday crew.  It can be more than one person.

To volunteer, contact Mike via email at or by telephone at 415-750-3938 (landline, no texts).


The last Saturday of the month sharing at Haight and Stanyan continues today at around 5 PM.  The new contact person for this sharing is Mike Bell.  His phone number is 415-750-3938 (landline, no texts); his email is

As always, up to date information for all of our sharings is on this webpage:

San Francisco Food Not Bombs thanks Donna for all of her help with the Saturday sharings and wishes her luck at her new home.

Because of some administrative snafus, this site was down for a few days.  Sorry to anyone who wanted to access the site, but could not.

We’re back live and have corrected the issues to prevent future shutdowns.

Please join us–to help share or to eat a yummy, free meal.  Current sharing information is here:

Thanks to the efforts of outstanding volunteers, San Francisco Food Not Bombs shared food with the Mission community at the June 14th Plaza 16 Festival organized by the Plaza 16 Coalition, of which SFFNB is a member.

The Festival celebrated the vitality and diversity of the 16th Street BART Plaza.  Some press reports about the Festival follow: and

The Plaza 16 Coalition formed to resist the gentrifying real estate development proposed next to the plaza and to preserve and improve the area for existing residents.  For more information about the Coalition and to join our efforts, check out its webpage:

Because today’s Mission District May Day Rally and March coincided with San Francisco Food Not Bombs’ weekly Thursday sharing at the Mission/16th Street BART Plaza, some FNB activists brought out some food a little early to share with some marchers that were freely expressing themselves at the intersection of Mission and 16th Streets.

SFPD officers quickly surrounded a group of marchers, refusing to let them voluntarily return from the street to the sidewalk.  The cops arrested about ten people, including some FNB members, and tackled at least one detainee.  They also flipped over our serving table, destroying the rice, bread and guacamole intended for hungry people, and stole the table, a SFFNB sign and some of our serving bowls and utensils.

We want the SFPD to immediately free the arrested people and return our equipment.  The food is forever wasted.

Fortunately, other activists shared the rest of their delicious, prepared food with community members on the BART Plaza at 7PM as usual.

UPDATE:  The SFPD released all except two of the arrested people Thursday night, charging them with various misdemeanors.


Note: Servings may cancel in the event of rain

TUES: none try curry without worry - UN Plaza @ Hyde St - 5:30PM

THURS: 16th & Mission - 7:00PM

FRI: Market & Hyde - 7:00PM

SAT: Hemlock Alley between Polk & Van Ness - 4:20PM - soup or stew, coffee and (almost always) bagels.

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