SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The line snaked around the block in San Francisco’s Tenderloin as several thousand people came to St. Anthony’s Dining room for franks and beans. You might be surprised, but it’s Memorial Day (not Thanksgiving or Christmas) that’s the dining hall’s busiest day of the year.
Many of those who show up for the free meal are armed-service veterans. Karl Robillard said they come for their traditional holiday spread.
“Naturally, during the traditional holidays people are thinking of those less fortunate. I think during these summer holidays it’s harder for folks to focus on that. They’re thinking of a bbq, they’re thinking of getting out of town, so we kind of end up in a perfect storm. We have the biggest need and really have to reach out for the help,” he said.
Remarkably, 25 percent of the hungry and the homeless are veterans; men and women who served their country.