Food Runners

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

What It Means to Me

by Mary S. Risley

As I approach my 80th Birthday, I have been thinking about how fortunate I am!  Just think I could have been born into a family with an absent father and an addicted mother; I could have been born into a family where all the kids were born before the mother was 24 years old; or, I could have been born with mental health problems and no possible care.  Nothing is for sure in this world!  I could be an addict myself hanging out around the corner; I could be cleaning houses for a living; or, I could be living on the streets in San Francisco, unable to take care of myself responsibly.  So could we all!  I sincerely believe that not living on the streets is a matter of having good luck; making good decisions; and having the right guidance in life.

As a resident of San Francisco for the last 50 years, I still don’t know what I can do to help the homeless with housing; but, what I do know is I can help get them food.  And so can you!  Thanks so much to the Volunteers, one paid truck driver, and several part-time bike couriers of Food Runners who, together, are making almost 700 food runs a week which amounts to approximately 18 tons of perishable and prepared foods to agencies feeding the hungry in San Francisco. This is enough food for 24,000 meals a week!

I fully realize how many requests for money you get each year; but, please, please help support our remarkably efficient grassroots non-profit organization, which soon will begin its 33rd year.   Please send a check to Food Runners, 2579 Washington St., SF, CA 94115.  Or, donate through

Mary S. Risley, Director