tv Government Access Programming SFGTV April 17, 2018 1:00pm-2:01pm PDT
okay. you're looking rad today, and i'm not going to talk too long. i usually like to talk and preach, but let me tell you, a restoration of public housing, affordable housing forever. give yourselves and everybody here a hand. come on. tdc was approached in 2015 to take over this public housing. i'm going to tell you, i was here and the units weren't looking too good. and now it looks like the high class vip, it's a collaboration between the mayor's office and housing and urban development, and you all get to speak later. but i'd like to highlight mayor
lee. mayor lee was the one who said we need to do something about being on the troubled list and the housing story, and he just came up with the idea about who was the sean donovan and the hud folks, and i can talk more about that. but let me tell you. it does take 2 persynergy. let me tell you -- raise your hand if you're on staff for ccdc. i know joanna is the project manager, and she'll get to speak at the end. but i know the residents, they had faith. they trusted us. without the residents, you can't do nothing in this city. so it's a trust and the collaboration, that they did all the work.
joanna led, our project manager, you get special kudos. i know eric wong wants it, too. special contractor. so much love and energy, and san francisco's leading the way for the whole country, i think. and what are we going to do with the public housing? but for now, i know the mayor's in a rush, and we are so thankful that he's present here, and i'm sure -- oh, the mic doesn't go that high. let's see. give it up for mayor farrell, come on! >> all right. thanks, everyone. see, we can get it high enough. you know, they were just showing me -- take a look at that brochure and take a look at the difference between two years ago and what it is today. i am incredibly proud to be here at 227 bay. first of all a few it yous. again, thank you, china down cdc. thank you for your staff, thank you guys and girls.
thank you to our mayor's office of housing and community development, kate hardy, and joaquin is here, as well. thank you so much. so our housing authority, dar is here. thank you to the entire housing authority. and thank you to bank of america who's been a partner to us as we rebuild these rad projects. thank you to b of a. as somebody who grew up in san francisco i drove by here all the time when i was a kid. and you when you drive by and see buildings that were neglected for years and years, and now, it looks like a brand-new housing. when you see this, how pumped are you here to live in this? when we think about our housing crisis in san francisco, it is not just about new housing, although we have to put our gas pedal on it and build it faster
than of before, but it's also rehabilitating existing housing units, so that people in san francisco can live in them with pride and dignity, but it's all about affordable housing in san francisco. i am here as a steward of mayor lee's legacy, as well. this is something that was core to who mayor lee was. reverend mentioned it earlier, but i want to pay tribute to him as we sit here. he's 13450i8ing right now. -- smiling right now. i know there's no place he would rather be than today. i know we're going to have similar ribbon cutting projects throughout the city of san francisco that all of these partners have worked on together. to all of these living here, the tenants, congratulations. please standup. please be recognized and standup, everybody.
[applause]. >> i'll tell you, if you can't get excited about this, there's nothing you'll get excited about in the city of san francisco. i'll tell you, have a great rest of your day. thanks, everyone. [applause]. >> is supervisor peskin here yet? not yet? let's give it up for san francisco housing authority and did you know i was on the commission back in the 90's? and i was so happy -- there's dreamers and producers. and we're producers. that's what we're celebrating today. >> good morning. my name is darius, and i'm the director of the san francisco housing authority. for me, things like this are sell b
celebratory, but it's also a time for reflection and taking a step back and looking at this. today, we're making big progress. we're making great strides in the city. after spending a couple decades when norman -- when i was on the commission and i was working at the human service agency and there's a lot of work happening, what i saw again and again was those exact same problems would fall between city departments. it's when city departments would get territorial, and these problems would come in and they'd get solved. and when i've seen those problems get solved, i've seen collaborations between departments like ccdc, with communities, with neighbors, with residents, everyone coming together to work on those issues. excuse me. when i feel like rad is a shining example of that, everyone coming together, and what i think about from the housing authority, it's
repositioning ourselves to think about the city, on behalf of the entire city and all san franciscans as opposed to being so focused on our department, and that's the work we need to do in city government. today, the housing authority is experiencing its strongest partnership with the city ever. and i want to specifically thank kate and lydia from the mayor's office of housing and community development, and your staff for the partnership you have developed with us. i've been doing this work for quite sometime, and i'm not exaggerating. it is the strongest i believe it's ever existed with the city, and it's like this with them. you're seeing it, what's the outcome? it's the outcome of 227 bay. as norman talked about it, mayor lee went deep and worked with joule i don't know castro who was the secretary. and when he had the opportunity to jump in, he jumped in and
jumped in right away, and thank god he did, and thank god everyone jumped in so early. and now you're seeing this happen, and you're seeing these buildings happen. and now mayor farrell is carrying it forward, and you're seeing this, what's happening at these buildings at 227 bay. as i was coming out and getting ready to speak, i asked my staff? what happened? what happened at 227 bay? we had bad things happen and good things happen, and i wanted to read what will daniels, who oversees our rad program said to me. staff really tried to understand the process in order to make the transition successful. i do not remember having issues with 227 bay for the lease up and conversion process, which says a lot about the team that they have there. ccdc's team was solid and worked so closely with us. and then he said, the last thing he said, i do look
forward to make an already good working relationship even better going forward. this is coming from the guy who's the point. he's on the ground. he seize what's going on with him. i like what he said going forward, because that's what we're going to do with the housing authority. this is along term affordable housing going forward. our staff will continue to do eligibility. we'll continue to do inspections of the units and we'll make sure residents will get their housing, and when vacancies come up, we need to move expeditiously to fill that have vacancy, and we will do that. i want to thank several people: our executive director, will daniels, oversees our rad team, kyla reynolds and the leadership of hers, the weightless teams who get these
units sold quickly, and the director of lease housing to move us to high performer status from hud. i also want to thank the residents. thank you for trusting us, and thank you for believing that we could actually get this done and frankly putting up with us. because you have had to experience so much stressful, time sensitive deadlines and rehabilitation happening in your home, which is incredibly stressful, and i just hope you're pleased with the end product. thank you so much. >> i'm still looking for supervisor peskin, but i know supervisor jane kim is here. want to come up and say a few words? >> supervisor kim: i am here on behalf of supervisor peskin who is currently chairing our san francisco county transportation authority meeting as we speak. he excused me from the rest of the meeting so i could
represent him and his office, but also just as a former chinatown community development center aaluminlunni, i'm just proud of the work you have done today. rad and the rehabilitation of our public housing units is no small feat, and it says a lot that this is the first rad project to be completed in the city. just as it is important to build low income new afford annual housing, it is just as important to rehabilitate existing low income housing in our city. 227 is reminiscent of a time when our country invested in housing. that was many decades ago, and now 50 years later, we are -- we are having to invest in making sure that these units
can stay permanently affordable for our families, our seniors and individuals with disabilities much into the future, so this project is incredible important. i'm so important of all of the partners that came together on board to make today possible for our 50 households here at 227. and i do want to acknowledge many of the staff members that worked to make this -- this possible. and dar acknowledged the tenants for your trust in us and having been involved with many public housing transitions. it is incredibly tough, and it's easy to understand why residents don't trust working with government and relocation and rehabilitation processes, but we also know that the staff play a very important role in building that relationship of trust and ensuring residents that they'll be able to come back to their homes of many, many years and often decades, and so of course want to
acknowledge our great fareless leader, reverend norman fong. i'm about to acknowledge them, the relocation team, cathy lamb and tony leigh, our community organizers donna chan and wendy chan, and resident services. thank you so much. this process is so difficult, and the reason why we're here today is really because of so much work of the staff on the ground that's made this possible, and of course the many people that have already been acknowledged, the mayor office and all of our financial partners, but the staff, you do tremendous work on the ground, and thank you and congratulations to everybody. >> okay. you know you need money to get stuff done. who you going to call?
you're going to call ari? senior vice president of developing, ari, of bank of america and merrill lynch. >> good afternoon. it is a pleasure to be here this evening -- this morning, this afternoon, today. i guess it's kind of strange. i remember what this place looked like. it didn't look anything like it looks like today. i remember what the residents looked like when i came to visit before ccdc took over the property. it doesn't look like anything like what the residences look like today. this has been an amazing transformation, and it's been an amazing transformation because of many, many, many people. a city, state and local government to get this done. first, i'd like to thank the former mayor. he was really a great partner. he was the affordable housing mayor in san francisco. he was one of the rehabilitaas
of america did this project. we knew how committed he was to affordable housing at his core, which is the reason we did this. i'd like to thank the current mayor farrell, supervisor kim, and of course the mayor's office of housing and workforce development, ed hartly, and many, many other people that i see, lydia, in the crowd. you guys did an amazing job. you made the impossible possible. and then, of course, the people that do the work: ccdc. you guys -- just look at this project. it is -- it is really -- we use this -- just -- you know this picture often because if it's hard to believe it's the same building, what it is today versus what it was before. and of course, the san francisco housing authority, you were willing to hand over your baby, and i think it's going to do pretty well.
so, you know bank of america had its roots in san francisco. we started actually as the bank of italy in 1904. we've been here during the good times and the bad times. we've been here during the 1906 fire, when our founder went out with literally cash in hand and helped rebuild the city. we helped build the golden gate bridge and the ferry building. that's why when mayor lee came to us with a crazy plan to rhenvate 29 projects and 3500 units and finance it in two years, we were all in. and so this investment's really huge and transformational for bank of america, too. just to give you an idea, we invested $2.2 billion in
financing in rad. last year, bank of america, one of the largest banks nationwide, invested $4.2 billion, and we invested 2.2 here. [applause]. >> so we're committed to san francisco, we're committed to building affordable housing. we're also committed to our nonprofits. ccdc has been a neighborhood builder, our bank of america charitable builder over the years. our over 4,000 associates volunteer over 40,000 hours a year in san francisco, because we all believe in san francisco to the core. i'd like to thank some bank of america associates who work odd this. we had dozens and dozens of people, and two people here who worked on it. rob reinhart and kr ar-- carri
horton, thank you for your work. i love seeing affordable housing, i love seeing renovated units, and i also love seeing new units, and i can't wait for the next grand opening. >> now, this is the most important part. we need to hear from the residents themselves. you going to come up? oh, anthony. i remember, we met two years ago in that little community room that we just tripled the size of. and i want to acknowledge wynn palmer, too, the president. standup a little bit. come on. look grand. yeah. give him a big hand. he said he wanted to sit back there with all his women over there. okay. >> okay.
>>. >> now the chinatown community development center has taken over, they renovated the building inside and out. it's like new. now the courtyard has flowers, trees, chairs and table for the staff to rest. there is full-time staff on-site. we have different kinds of activities to entertain us and to socialize with neighbors. it adds joy to our lives.
[ speaking native language ] >> now i hope everyone can give a round of applause to chinatown community center and ageing in place, please. >> we're almost there, folks. okay. you know, before the ribbon cutting -- where's the ribbon? okay. oh, okay. you know where it is. just wanted to -- you know, i can't explain it, but china dotown cdc staff putt so much, and it's that that
makes housing possible with the residents, and i want to bring up the project manager, joanna ladd, and her mom and sister are here. i met you in washington, d.c. were you doing housing there? any way, joanna, she loves our residents. she -- i love you. [applause]. >> thank you, norman. i'm joanna. as he said, i've been the project manager at 227 bay since the project began in 2014, and we have so many to thank for how the project turned out. please take a look inside of your program for a full list of our partners. we would like to call some out by name. our general contractor, am1 construction, and our architects. so not only does this project look great, it actually came in
under budget and returned money to the city, and that is -- [applause]. >> thank you. >> can we have it back? >> and that is a testament to the quality of the design work and the quality of am1's construction work. we have a host as you have heard of public and private financing partners who helped us build a budget big enough to do the important expensive things like install a full sprinkler system at this building. of course the u.s. department of housing and urban development created the rad program in such a way that allowed us to rehabilitate the building for its existing residents. our state funders, the california debt limit allocation committee and the tax credit allocation committee, no major affordable housing project in san francisco moved forward without these funders. our permanent lender, freddie mac, and our investment lender,
bank of member. they made sure there were activities for residents during construction to ease the stress during construction, which tells about the kind of private partner they are. [applause]. >> enterprise community partners, neighbor works america, and the local initiative support corporation all provided chinatown cdc with capacity building funding to make sure that our organization was ready to take on the challenge of bringing on 600 units of public housing into our portfolio. the san francisco -- yes, sure. [applause]. >> the san francisco department of ageing and adult services is funding our program to bring on-site supportive services for residents to this building for the first time in its 47 year history. [applause]. >> and of course, the san
francisco housing authority and the mayor's office of housing, it has been so inspiring to work alongside these self-less, hard working city staff to correct 50 years worth of wrongs against our public housing residents of san francisco. this was a monday amountal challenge from a policy standpoint, and it is one that our city staff dove into because they rightly saw it as the last chance to save public housing in san francisco. we at chinatown cdc are lucky to have a huge expert team of developers. i just particularly wanted to call out the california partnership housing corporation, which was the architect of the incredibly complicated financing program that allows the city to move all 29 of its rad projects forward on virtually the same timeline. [applause]. >> next to last, i want to acknowledge the work of chinatown cdc staff.
our housing development construction management, property management resident services community organizing, relocation, asset management, accounting and executive staff met every week for over three years to make sure that this building lived up to our vision of what public housing could be. every single person who touched this project works entirely too hard. they think about our residents in every moment, and that is the power of community based housing development, and that is the power of transferring public housing to the very advocates who have been fighting for better living conditions in public housing for over 40 years. [applause] >> and finally, thank you again to the residents of 227 bay street. the residents of 227 bay street endured two years of construction in their homes so that this building could be
preserved both for them and for future generations of san franciscans. that is an incredible sacrifice, and the residents of this building met that call. as you can tell from mr. wong's speech, with grace and patience and understanding. and so thank you for believing in us, and i think the because west we can acknowledge your sacrifice is to wrap up the program. so we will be leading tours from right in front of the elevator on this level as soon as the ribbon cutting is done. we'll also be serving refreshments in the community room right through those double doors, so thank you for coming and take it over, fearless leader. >> didn't she do a great job? and her mom is here. you're going to help -- as they setup the ribbon, i need your help because i always believe in the people's blessing, so at
the right time, i'm going to have you repeat the words after me. may the residents and all who come to 227 bay be filled with the rad spirit of -- repeat after me? peace! joy! hope! lo love! brersity. all right. could you come on up and help -- you're the coalest president. you know, i think trump needs some sprinkler work there, too. but any way, we've got more sprinklers. all right. all the big shots, come on up.
>> it's great to see everyone kind of get together and prove, that you know, building our culture is something that can be reckoned with. >> i am desi, chair of economic development for soma filipinos. so that -- [ inaudible ] know that soma filipino exists, and it's also our economic platform, so we can start to build filipino businesses so we
can start to build the cultural district. >> i studied the bok chase choy her achbl heritage, and i discovered this awesome bok choy. working at i-market is amazing. you've got all these amazing people coming out here to share one culture. >> when i heard that there was a market with, like, a lot of filipino food, it was like oh, wow, that's the closest thing i've got to home, so, like, i'm going to try everything. >> fried rice, and wings, and three different cliefz sliders. i haven't tried the adobe yet,
but just smelling it yet brings back home and a ton of memories. >> the binca is made out of different ingredients, including cheese. but here, we put a twist on it. why not have nutella, rocky road, we have blue berry. we're not just limiting it to just the classic with salted egg and cheese. >> we try to cook food that you don't normally find from filipino food vendors, like the lichon, for example. it's something that it took years to come up with, to perfect, to get the skin just
right, the flavor, and it's one of our most popular dishes, and people love it. this, it's kind of me trying to chase a dream that i had for a long time. when i got tired of the corporate world, i decided that i wanted to give it a try and see if people would actually like our food. i think it's a wonderful opportunity for the filipino culture to shine. everybody keeps saying filipino food is the next big thing. i think it's already big, and to have all of us here together, it's just -- it just blows my mind sometimes that there's so many of us bringing -- bringing filipino food to the city finally. >> i'm alex, the owner of the lumpia company. the food that i create is basically the filipino-american
experience. i wasn't a chef to start with, but i literally love lumpia, but my food is my favorite foods i like to eat, put into my favorite filipino foods, put together. it's not based off of recipes i learned from my mom. maybe i learned the rolling technique from my mom, but the different things that i put in are just the different things that i like, and i like to think that i have good taste. well, the very first lumpia that i came out with that really build the lumpia -- it wasn't the poerk and shrimp shanghai, but my favorite thing after partying is that bakon cheese burger lumpia.
there was a time in our generation where we didn't have our own place, our own feed to eat. before, i used to promote filipino gatherings to share the love. now, i'm taking the most exciting filipino appetizer and sharing it with other filipinos. >> it can happen in the san francisco mint, it can happen in a park, it can happen in a street park, it can happen in a tech campus. it's basically where we bring the hardware, the culture, the operating system. >> so right now, i'm eating something that brings me back to every filipino party from my
childhood. it's really cool to be part of the community and reconnect with the neighborhood. >> one of our largest challenges in creating this cultural district when we compare ourselves to chinatown, japantown or little saigon, there's little communities there that act as place makers. when you enter into little philippines, you're like where are the businesses, and that's one of the challenges we're trying to solve.
>> undercover love wouldn't be possible without the help of the mayor and all of our community partnerships out there. it costs approximately $60,000 for every event. undiscovered is a great tool for the cultural district to bring awareness by bringing the best parts of our culture which is food, music, the arts and being ativism all under one roof, and by seeing it all in this way, what it allows san franciscans to see is the dynamics of the filipino-american culture.
i think in san francisco, we've kind of lost track of one of our values that makes san francisco unique with just empathy, love, of being acceptable of different people, the out liers, the crazy ones. we've become so focused onic maing money that we forgot about those that make our city and community unique. when people come to discover, i want them to rediscover the magic of what diversity and empathy can create. when you're positive and committed to using that energy >> shop & dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges resident to do their showing up and dining within the
49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services within the neighborhood we help san francisco remain unique successful and vibrant so where will you shop & dine in the 49 san francisco owes must of the charm to the unique characterization of each corridor has a distinction permanent our neighbors are the economic engine of the city. >> if we could a afford the lot by these we'll not to have the kind of store in the future the kids will eat from some restaurants chinatown has phobia one of the best the most unique neighborhood shopping areas of san francisco. >> chinatown is one of the
oldest chinatown in the state we need to be able allergies the people and that's the reason chinatown is showing more of the people will the traditional thepg. >> north beach is i know one of the last little italian community. >> one of the last neighborhood that hadn't changed a whole lot and san francisco community so strong and the sense of partnership with businesses as well and i just love north beach community old school italian comfort and love that is what italians are all about we need people to come here and shop here so we can keep this going not only us but, of course, everything else in the
community i think local businesses the small ones and coffee shops are unique in their own way that is the characteristic of the neighborhood i peace officer prefer it is local character you have to support them. >> really notice the port this community we really need to kind of really shop locally and support the communityly live in it is more economic for people to survive here. >> i came down to treasure island to look for a we've got a long ways to go. ring i just got married and didn't want something on line i've met artists and local business owners they need money
to go out and shop this is important to short them i think you get better things. >> definitely supporting the local community always good is it interesting to find things i never knew existed or see that that way. >> i think that is really great that san francisco seize the vails of small business and creates the shop & dine in the 49 to support businesses make people all the residents and visitors realize had cool things are made and produced in san >> hello. you're watching the show that explores san francisco's love affair with food.
there are at least 18 farmers markets in san francisco alone, providing fresh and affordable to year-round. this is a great resource that does not break the bank. to show just how easy it can be to do just that, we have come up with something called the farmers' market challenge. we find someone who loves to cook, give them $20, and challenge them to create a delicious meal from ingredients found right here in the farmer's market. who did we find for today's challenge? >> today with regard to made a pot greater thanchapino. >> you only have $20 to spend.
>> i know peter it is going to be tough, but i think i can do it. it is a san francisco classic. we are celebrating bay area food. we have nice beautiful plum tomatoes here. we have some beautiful fresh fish here. it will come together beautifully. >> many to cut out all this talk, and let's go shop. yeah. ♪ >> what makes your dish unique? >> i like it spicy and smoky. i will take fresh italian tomatoes and the fresh seafood, and will bring them to other with some nice spoked paprika and some nice smoked jalapeno peppers. i am going to stew them up and get a nice savory, smoky, fishy, tomatoy, spicy broth.
>> bring it on. how are you feeling? >> i feel good. i spent the $20 and have a few pennies less. i am going to go home and cook. i will text message u.n. is done. >> excellent and really looking forward to it. >> today we're going to make the san francisco classic dish invented by italian and portuguese fishermen. it'll be like a nice spaghetti sauce. then we will put in the fish soup. the last thing is the dungeon as crab, let it all blend together. it will be delicious. when i could, i will try to make healthy meals with fresh ingredients, whatever is in season and local. those juicy, fresh tomatoes will take about an hour to cook down into a nice sauce. this is a good time to make our fish stock. we will take a step that seems like trash and boil it up in water and make a delicious and
they speed up my parents were great clerics, and we had wonderful food. family dinners are very important. any chance you can sit down together and have a meal together, it is great communal atmosphere. one of the things i like the most is the opportunity to be creative. hello. anybody with sets their mind to it can cut. always nice to start chopping some vegetables and x and the delicious. all this double in view is this broth with great flavor. but your heart into it. make something that you, family, and friends will really enjoy. >> i am here with a manager at the heart of the city farmer's market in san francisco. thank you for joining us. tell us a little bit about the organization. >> we're 30 years old now. we started with 14 farmers, and it has grown out to over 80. >> what is the mission of the organization? >> this area has no grocery
store spiller it is all mom-and- pop stores. we have this because it is needed. we knew it was needed. and the plaza needed somebody. it was empty. beautiful with city hall in the background. >> thank you for speaking with us. are you on the web? >> yes, hocfarmersmarket.org. >> check them out. thank you. >> welcome. the dish is ready. >> it looks and smells amazing. >> thank you. it was not easy to meet the $20 budget. i checked everybody out and found some great produce. really lovely seafood. i think that you are going to love it. >> do not be shy. cyou know this can run you $35 to $45 for a bowl, so it is
great you did this for $20. >> this will feed four to six people. >> not if you invite me over for dinner. i am ready to dig in. >> i hope you'll love it. >> mmm. >> what do you think? >> i think i am going to need more. perhaps you can have all you want. >> i am produce the that you have crushed this farmer's market challenge by a landslide. the first, we're going to have to tally of your shopping list and see what you actually spend that the farmer's market. >> and go for it. >> incredible. you have shown us how to make super healthy, refresh chapino from the farmers market on the budget, that for the whole family. that is outstanding. >> thank you peter i am glad that you like it. i think anybody can do it.
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he would back for friends and coworkers they'll tell you hoa you need to open up a shop at the time he move forward book to the bayview and i thinks the t line was up i need have a shop on third street i live in bayview and i wanted to have my shop here in bayview a quality dessert shot shop in my neighborhood in any business is different everybody is in small banishes there are homemade recess pesz and ingredients from scratch we shop local because we have someone that is here in your city or your neighborhood that is provide you with is service with quality ingredients and quality products and need to be know that person the person behind the products it is not
what food recovery does is recover and redistribute food that would go wasted and redistributing to people in the community. >> the moment that i became really engaged in the cause of fighting food waste was when i had just taken the food from the usf cafeteria and i saw four pans full size full of food perfectly fine to be eaten and made the day before and that would have gone into the trash that night if we didn't recover it the next day. i want to fight food waste because it hurts the economy, it's one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. if it was a nation, it would be the third largest nation behind china and the united states.
america wastes about 40% of the food we create every year, $160 billion worth and that's made up in the higher cost of food for consumers. no matter where you view the line, you should be engaged with the issue of food waste. ♪ ♪ >> access edible food that we have throughout our lunch program in our center, i go ahead and collect it and i'll cool it down and every night i prep it up and the next day i'll heat it and ready for delivery. it's really natural for me, i love it, i'm passionate about it and it's just been great. i believe it's such a blessing
to have the opportunity to actually feed people every day. no food should go wasted. there's someone who wants to eat, we have food, it's definitely hand in hand and it shouldn't be looked at as work or a task, we're feeding people and it really means so much to me. i come to work and they're like nora do you want this, do you want that? and it's so great and everyone is truly involved. every day, every night after every period of food, breakfast, lunch, dinner, i mean, people just throw it away. they don't even think twice about it and i think as a whole, as a community, as any community, if people just put a little effort, we could really help each other out. that's how it should be. that's what food is about basically.
>> an organization that meets is the san francisco knight ministry we work with tuesday and thursday's. ♪ ♪ by the power ♪ of your name >> i have faith to move mountains because i believe in jesus. >> i believe it's helpful to offer food to people because as you know, there's so much homelessness in san francisco and california and the united states. i really believe that food is important as well as our faith.
>> the san francisco knight ministry has been around for 54 years. the core of the ministry, a group of ordain ministers, we go out in the middle of the night every single night of the year, so for 54 years we have never missed a night. i know it's difficult to believe maybe in the united states but a lot of our people will say this is the first meal they've had in two days. i really believe it is a time between life or death because i mean, we could be here and have church, but, you know, i don't know how much we could feed or how many we could feed and this way over 100 people get fed every single thursday out here. it's not solely the food, i tell
you, believe me. they're extremely grateful. >> it's super awesome how welcoming they are. after one or two times they're like i recognize you. how are you doing, how is school? i have never been in the city, it's overwhelming. you get to know people and through the music and the food, you get to know people. >> we never know what impact we're going to have on folks. if you just practice love and kindness, it's a labor of love and that's what the food recovery network is and this is a huge -- i believe they salvage our mission. >> to me the most important part is it's about food waste and