Foundation News | Mar 2024

Bay Area food banks struggling to keep up with demand receive critical charitable donation from Koret

Originally published in San Francisco Chronicle by Jessica Flores

Multiple Bay Area food banks will receive portions of a $2.2 million donation from the Koret Foundation. Photo by Jessica Christian/The Chronicle.


Several Bay Area food banks are receiving financial help from a San Francisco charitable foundation at a moment when food insecurity has spiked and food banks say they’re seeing a high demand.

The Koret Foundation is giving $2.2 million to seven food banks and programs that address food insecurity in the region, said Ashley Rodwick, a senior program officer at the foundation. Koret has provided grants to food banks for decades.

“There’s sort of this false impression that the pandemic is over, but food security is very important,” Rockwick said. “We just thought it was important to bring this issue to the forefront of people’s minds right now because this really remains a challenge.”

“Koret makes it a priority to be responsive to our most pressing needs and ensures their grants are meaningfully impactful to our mission,” Michael Altfest, director of community engagement at Alameda County Community Food Bank, said in an email.