As you decorate for holiday festivities, and plan meals with family and friends, our friends at St. Anthony’s Dining Room are still serving 3,000 meals each day. And they have plans to serve more people in a renovated building.
The original dining room, at Golden Gate and Jones in the Tenderloin, opened in 1950. To date, the program has served an estimated 38 million meals to low-income and homeless folks. The old dining room was torn down in February to make way for a new complex scheduled to open in the summer of 2014. Here is the video of the old place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WagshdUxLhA
And to see an animation of what the new building will look like, click the arrow on the drawing:
In the meantime, meals are still being served daily in a space across the street from the old dining room. If you and your friends can share some of your holiday cheer in the form of a donation, you can choose to give food, clothing and of course money. For the third year, there is a call for “Scarving Artists” to drop off hand-knit scarves and hats by December 21 so that every person who has Christmas dinner at St. Anthony’s will also receive a gift. For non-knitters, buying a knit scarf to donate works too.
For information on what is needed and to donate securely online, check out: