SF Ballet Gives Back with the SF-Marin Food Bank
Giving Back to Our Community, One Bag of Groceries At a Time
Days after the announcement of San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order, SF Ballet dancer Max Cauthorn reached out to Executive Director Kelly Tweeddale with an idea. “Is there a way,” he asked, “for SF Ballet to give back to our community in this time of need?” Max had been delivering groceries for several neighbors who were in high-risk groups, and he thought that maybe SF Ballet could do something similar for our audience and community.
Inspired by Max’s generosity, SF Ballet staff members reached out to the SF-Marin Food Bank to see if they needed help getting food to the community. The Food Bank responded quickly to say, yes, they did need help. As a result of COVID-19, the Food Bank is seeing unprecedented need at the same moment that they’ve had to close many locations and have lost many volunteers.
Starting on Monday, April 13, and running until the end of shelter in place, SF Ballet is hosting a weekly pop-up food pantry at the Chris Hellman Center for Dance from 9 am to 1 pm. The first week saw several dancers, staff, and BRAVO members volunteering to bag groceries, and distribute food to those in need.
In addition to the site at SF Ballet, the Food Bank also has pop-up sites around the city and is building out a program to deliver food to home-bound seniors. If you’re interested and able to volunteer, you can sign up through their website at https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/.
While we can’t wait to have dancers dancing again in our studios, this new use for the space is a bright light in these challenging times.
Header Image: SF-Marin Food Bank pop-up food pantry at the Chris Hellman Center for Dance // © San Francisco Ballet