This post was originally published on June 29, 2016, and was updated Dec. 13, 2017.
There are about 7,500 homeless people living in San Francisco, and a larger number in the greater Bay Area. With rising housing and living costs, it’s not getting easier for people living on the street.
Fortunately, there are also lots of local organizations providing services to those in need. We’ve compiled a list of many of the places, sorted roughly by geography, that provide regular hot and fresh meals. This list primarily focuses on the organizations and services that provide multiple hot meals each week or daily meal service. There are many more places that provide a weekly or monthly meal, as well as food banks that distribute groceries and fresh food. Project Homeless Connect has a fairly comprehensive listing of homeless services if you’re looking for more information, and the independent county food banks are valuable resources for fresh food pick-ups. If we missed an organization that provides a place for homeless residents to get a regular hot meal, please let us know in the comments below.
Most of these organizations are also in need of volunteers and/or donations. Contact them directly to sign up or to inquire about what they specifically are looking for.
330 Ellis Street [map]
San Francisco, CA 94102
Ph: (415) 674-6000
Breakfast: Daily, 8am-9am (seniors’ breakfast 7:30am-8am; women’s breakfast 10:30am-11am)
Lunch: Daily, noon-1:30pm (bagged lunches on Sat, Sun)
Dinner: Mon-Fri, 4pm-5:30pm
Begun in 1969, Glide provides meals daily in the dining room, plus special meals around the holidays and a number of other services.
The dining room also hosts two monthly food distribution programs, as well as clothing programs, a medical clinic, and a social work center.
The United Council of Human Services operates Mother Brown’s Kitchen, which started as a small mobile food operation 20 years ago. The organization also runs food pantries in Oakdale and Sunnyvale.
Martin de Porres House of Hospitality
225 Potrero Ave. [map]
San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: (415) 552-0240
Breakfast: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 5:30am-7:30am (hot tea, bread available at 5:30am; oatmeal served at 6:30am)
Lunch: Tues-Sat, noon-2pm
Brunch: Sun, 9am-10:30am
Meals are served daily, and typically the courtyard and dining room open early to allow people to come in off the street. Showers and hygiene products are available Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Curry Senior Center is primarily focused on providing a place for low-income seniors to make connections with other people and get the health services they need. Meals are served daily (and bingo is available on Wednesdays and on weekends during lunch hours). Meal delivery to homebound seniors is also offered.
Based out of a church with different services, from a ministry to a health and wellness center, S.F. Rescue Mission provides meals, groceries, and hot food delivery.
The largest dining room in Alameda County, St. Vincent’s serves a regular midday hot meal.
Along with a dining hall in San Francisco and one in San Jose, Cityteam operates a daily dining hall in Oakland. (Check all the hours before going to the other locations.) Cityteam is a Christian nonprofit providing services to the homeless and impoverished.
Based in Martinez, Loaves & Fishes provides daily meals at a half-dozen dining rooms around Contra Costa County. The organization also distributes fresh groceries.
Cooked at local residents’ houses, meals are typically served at the park in Berkeley, or in Oakland on the weekends. Schedule can vary. Call for more info.
The dining room in San Rafael is open every day from 6:30am-1pm, during which two meals are served out of the free kitchen and an open pantry is available. The non-profit also has housing services and works with partner shelter organizations.
The dining room serves a hot lunch meal every day of the year. The organization also operates a job training program, food pantry, and thrift store.
The Committee on the Shelterless serves a daily hot lunch at its Petaluma Kitchen, as well as hands out weekly food boxes.
North Peninsula Food Pantry and Dining Center of Daly City
31 Bepler St. [map]
Daly City, CA 94014
Ph: (650) 994-5150
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, 5pm-6pm (or until all food is distributed)
The North Peninsula Food Pantry and Dining Center is on the smaller end of homeless dining rooms — serving just about 70 people during dinner in the cafeteria — but it also operates a food pantry in conjunction with Second Harvest.
Cityteam operates a men’s shelter in San Jose, along with the dining hall, which provides daily hot dinner.
A Catholic neighborhood community center with educational and wellness programs, the nightly dinner is actually provided through Loaves & Fishes, which no longer operates its own walk-in dining room, but instead cooks and distributes meals to other nonprofits and organizations. (Contact Loaves & Fishes for a full list of potential meal partners.)
Samaritan House is the largest provider of hot meals and biggest food distributor in San Mateo County. There is also a pantry and after-school food program. While hot meals are provided weeknights in the dining hall, there is also an option to carry-out a meal, if needed.