SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – St. Anthony Foundation has marked its 37 millionth meal served in its San Francisco dining hall since it opened 60 years ago. The milestone comes as the charity is seeing a significant increase in the needs for its services.
KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:
Within the past month, St. Anthony’s has seen a 10 percent increase in the number of people coming into its dining hall on Jones Street.
“We see young families coming in because they’ve lost their jobs and they have little kids,” said St. Anthony’s Executive Director Shari Roeseler. “It’s just a lot more stress, and I see that in their faces.”
Roeseler said that she also expects the numbers of veterans coming in to go up if budget proposals to cut housing vouchers are approved.
“It is really difficult. It is like a hand-to-mouth existence,” said Geudioso Galicia, 85, who served in the US Army in the 1940’s.
Galicia said that he comes to St. Anthony’s because he can’t afford food and housing with his meager pension.
“It’s just $175, that’s why I don’t have any choice,” he said.
A quarter of the 2,700 meals served every day at St. Anthony’s go to veterans.
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