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conform two pieces of the code that other piece of legislation went to the full board and received a vote. which you object to which i respect but the thing we're dealing with today is merely changing one date to conformity with another date in another section of law. with that supervisor safai, do you have a motion as to changing january to december. >> motion to accept the amendment as proposed from january 1 to december 31, 2019. >> commissioner: supervisor haney, without objection we'll send that to the full board way positive recommendation and we are adjourned. that's a substantive state that needs to be continued to our meeting one week hence. thank you. that will be continued to our meeting of february 11.
sustainability mission, even though the bikes are very minimal energy use. it still matters where the energy comes from and also part of the mission in sustainability is how we run everything, run our business. so having the lights come on with clean energy is important to us as well. we heard about cleanpowersf and learned they had commercial rates and signed up for that. it was super easy to sign up. our bookkeeper signed up online, it was like 15 minutes. nothing has changed, except now we have cleaner energy. it's an easy way to align your environmental proclivities and goals around climate change and it's so easy that it's hard to not want to do it, and it doesn't really add anything to the bill. >> i lived in the mission neighborhood for seven years and
before that the excel see your district. 20 years a resident of the city and county of san francisco. i am the executive director of a local art space nonprofit that showcases work that relate to the latino community and i have been in this building for seven years and some of my neighbors have been here 30 year. we were notified from the landlord he was going to sell the building. when we realized it was happening it was no longer a thought for the landlord and i sort of had a moment of panic. i heard about the small sites program through my work with the
mission economic agency and at met with folks from the mayor's housing program because they wanted to utilize the program. we are dealing with families with different needs and capacities. conversations were had early in the morning because that is the only time that all the tenants were in the building and finally when we realized that meda did have the resources to buy the building we went on a letter writing campaign to the landlord and said to him we understand you want to sell your building, we understand what you are asking for and you are entitled to it, it's your land, but please work with us. what i love about ber nell height it represents the diversity that made me fall in
love with san francisco. we have a lot of mom and pop shops and you can get all your resources within walking distance. my favorite air area of my homes my little small patio where i can start my morning and have my coffee an is a sweet spot for me and i. >> my name is angela wilson and i'm an owner of the market i
worked at a butcher for about 10 years and became a butcher you i was a restaurant cook started in sxos and went to uc; isn't that so and opened a cafe we have produce from small farms without small butcher shops hard for small farms to survive we have a been a butcher shop since 1901 in the heights floor and the case are about from 1955 and it is only been a butcher shot not a lot of businesses if san francisco that have only been one thing. >> i'm all for vegetarians if you eat meat eat meat for quality and if we care of we're in a losing battle we need to
support butcher shops eat less we sell the chickens with the head and feet open somebody has to make money when you pay $25 for a chicken i guarantee if you go to save way half of the chicken goes in the enlarge but we started affordable housing depends on it occurred to us this is a male field people said good job even for a girl the interesting thing it is a women's field in most of world just here in united states it is that pay a man's job i'm an encountered woman and raise a son and teach i am who respect woman i consider all women's who work here to be impoverished and strong in san francisco labor is high our cost of good ideas we
seal the best good ideas the profit margin that low but everything that is a laboring and that's a challenge in the town so many people chasing money and not i can guarantee everybody this is their passion. >> i'm the - i've been cooking mile whole life this is a really, really strong presence of women heading up kitchens in the bay area it is really why i moved out here i think that we are really strong in the destroy and really off the pages kind of thing i feel like women befrp helps us to get back up i'm definitely the only female here i fell in love i love setting up and love knowing were
any food comes from i do the lamb and that's how i got here today something special to have a female here a male dominated field so i think that it is very special to have women and especially like it is going at it you know i'm a tiny girl but makes me feel good for sure. >> the sad thing the building is sold i'm renegotiating my lease the neighborhood wants us to be here with that said, this is a very difficult business it is a constant struggle to maintain freshness and deal with what we have to everyday it is a very high labor of
business but something i'm proud of if you want to get a job at affordable housing done nasal you need a good attitude and the jobs on the bottom you take care of all the produce and the fish and computer ferry terminal and work your way up employing people with a passion for this and empowering them to learntod >> (clapping.) >> i've been working in restaurants forever as a blood alcohol small business you have a lot of requests for donations if someone calls you and say we want to documents for our school or nonprofit i've been in a position with my previous
employment i had to say no all the time. >> my name is art the owner and chief at straw combinations of street food and festival food and carnival food i realize that people try to find this you don't want to wait 365 day if you make that brick-and-mortar it is really about making you feel special and feel like a kid again everything we've done to celebrate that. >> so nonprofit monday is a
program that straw runs to make sure that no matter is going on with our business giving back is treated just the is that you as paying any other bill in addition to the money we impose their cause to the greater bayview it is a great way for straw to sort of build communicated and to introduce people who might not normally get to be exposed to one nonprofit or another and i know that they do a different nonprofit every most of the year. >> people are mroent surprised the restaurant it giving back i see some people from the nonprofit why been part of nonprofit monday sort of give
back to the program as well answer. >> inform people that be regular aprons at straw they get imposed to 10 or 12 nonprofits. >> i love nonprofits great for a local restaurant to give back to community that's so wonderful i wish more restrictive places did that that is really cool. >> it is a 6 of nonprofit that is supporting adults with autism and down syndrome we i do not involved one the wonderful members reached out to straw and saw a headline about, about their nonprofit mondays and she applied for a grant back in january of 2016 and we were notified late in the spring we would be the recipient of straw if you have any questions, we'll be happy to answer thems in the month of genuine we were able to organize with straw for the monday and at the end of the month we were the recipient of
10 percent of precedes on mondays the contribution from nonprofit monday from stray went into our post group if you have any questions, we'll be happy to answer theming fund with our arts coaching for chinese and classes and we have a really great vibrate arts program. >> we we say thank you to the customers like always but say 0 one more thing just so you know you've made a donation to x nonprofit which does why i think that is a very special thing. >> it is good to know the owner takes responsibility to know your money is going to good cause also. >> it is really nice to have a
restaurant that is very community focused they do it all month long for nonprofits not just one day all four mondays. >> we have a wall of thank you letters in the office it seems like you know we were able to gas up the 10 passenger minivan we were innovate expected to do. >> when those people working at the nonprofits their predictive and thank what straw is giving that in and of itself it making an impact with the nonprofit through the consumers that are coming here is just as important it is important for the grill cheese kitchen the more restrictive i learn about what is going on in the community more restrictive people are doing this stuff with 4 thousand
>> welcome everyone. my name is david cook. i am the president of the board of the directors of the episcopal community services. is my privilege to thank you all for being here on this wet but very important day as we inaugurate the bryant street navigation center. i wanted to take a minute to give a special welcome to our distinguished roster of guest speakers will be hearing from in a few minutes. the mayor is here, filled tagging tag tony tried various, and rebecca from google. i would also like to welcome leaders and staff of the department of homelessness and supportive housing, here. i would also like to welcome all our other partners and friends and members of the press who are covering these issues so diligently. a special welcome to the board members and staff who showed up today. one of our senior staff members
will be offering some interesting insight into this new facility a little bit later on. last but not least, i want to welcome our navigation centre residents who are here in the room. the folks who are on the front lines who are experiencing or have recently experienced homelessness first-hand. as you probably know, conventional homeless shelters have been around for a long time , but navigation centers are pretty new. less than four years ago, in march of 2014, we were instrumental in opening and operating the very first navigation center in the united states over on mission street. since that time, five additional navigation centers have been opened, and today, a sixth. the navigation centers in this town have become a national model for removing barriers to housing for high need individuals who are dealing with complex issues and two as a result, have experienced homelessness.
along the way, ecs has continued to operate two of the navigation centers, but has established itself as an innovative thought leader in the field, providing expert consultation to sister agencies both in san francisco, and across the country, and early-stage planning, set up, and ongoing operations, which brings us to what we are doing here today. we are so excited to be starting and operating this brand-new 84 bed navigation center here in the south of market. as you will hear, opening a facility like this requires the hard work, dedication, and generosity of a lot of people and a lot of companies and agencies. but long-term success in addressing homelessness can never be achieved without committed leaders at the highest levels of local governments. that is what we have in mayer london breach. just this past october, a few months after she was elected, she set an ambitious goal of adding 1,000 new shelter beds in san francisco by the end of 2020 and of getting half of them
online -- [cheers and applause] >> and of getting half of them online by this coming july. eighty-four of them are right here. under her leadership, we are on the way. ladies and gentlemen, mayer london breed. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. i am excited to be here today and i'm also excited to welcome in the new incoming supervisor for district six, matt haney, who is joining us here today. [applause] >> please direct any of your complaints to him. [laughter] >> this is a great day. i am just excited about what we're doing here in san francisco and it does take a village to get to a place where we can address what we know is one of the biggest challenges we face in this city, and that is homelessness. so many incredible organizations groups that continue to build partnerships with each and every
one of us, to focus on providing shelters, providing navigation centers, providing services, one of our great partners is here today, thank you downtown streets team for being here, it all the work that you continue to do to keep our communities clean and safe, and many of you know that this is definitely a top priority for my administration, and i am committed to making sure that we add at least 1,000 shelter beds to the city and county of san francisco by 2020, and what that would do is help provide a place for so many people that we know are sleeping on the streets every single night. we need to make sure that regardless of the challenges that we face as a city, in terms of building more housing, regardless of any of the issues around support for funding, for programs, we have to have places for people to go. we have to have places for people to go where they are able to stay for 24 hours and not be told that they have to leave in the morning. that is my commitment in helping
to address this issue. it is an ambitious goal because we haven't increased the number of shelter beds by that amount since the 1989 earthquake. many of us remember that time in our city where it was a very challenging time. we know that if we are going to get to a better place, we have to also be honest, and have an honest conversation about what we know are some of the root causes of homelessness. many people that sadly are down on their luck, many people who are struggling with mental illness, and addiction, we know that we can do better by providing more permanent services to get people to a better place. i am excited because since the navigation centers have been in existence, it is really a great place to transition people into more permanent housing. we have connected people to permanent housing. we connected people to resources
and we have, through our homeward bound program, we have connected people to their family members. over 1,000 people serve through our navigation center program that have been reconnected to their families. what we are doing is not traditional in that navigation centers are 24 hours, they have a great staff and team of people who continue to greet people with a smile, and treat people with respect and the dignity that they deserve. and more importantly, they have a really strong desire to help people get off the streets and get permanently housed. ultimately that is the goal, it anything that we do. we basically, with these navigation centers, people are able to bring their partners, their pets, and in fact with this particular center with 84 beds, 20 will be dedicated specifically to women peer given women a private location where
they can get the support and the services that they need as well. just a few days -- 623 people out of our navigation centers since december have been transferred -- transitioned into permanent housing. 144 people have had temporary placement, and over 1200 have been reconnected with their families through our homeward bound program. thank you all so much for that hard work in getting people connected to. [applause] >> we know that it takes a village to get to a place where we have more opportunities for people to get into permanent housing and to get stabilized, and a lot of this work is done -- bureaucracy is involved, but also creative, hard-working leaders like our assembly member who is here with us today, who not only pass the legislation that made it possible for us to lease the land for this
particular purpose, but help to provide a significant portion of funding to get these navigation centers open, so i just want to thank phil for his leadership in sacramento, and continuing to push this conversation that has led us to this place of opening what is probably the third navigation center since the work he has been doing, in the and the second on caltrain land specifically. [applause] >> i want to thank tony taveras from caltrain, because again the people who work for these departments are the drivers of what we need to do in terms of paperwork, and issuing funds, and those kinds of things. so thank you to tony from district four who is here with us today. and also our private partner, google, rebecca is here with us today. they provided $3 million to get this place open sooner rather than later. [applause]
>> jeff kaczynski and his team from the department of homelessness, they don't just work on trying to provide these spaces, they work every single day on the front lines, the hot team, they are out there trying to get people to help, and the support that they need to, and through our coordinated entry system, they have been able to register thousands of our homeless residents in order to get them into places like the navigation centers, and it has been a fascinating system where we are able to track people, and get them to help and the support they need without duplicating services. i want to thank you mohammed nuru with the department of public works who facilitated the building of this building, and some of the other navigation centers. i want to thank the real estate division in the city, and i especially want to thank the folks with community services for continuing to be a great partner in continuing to provide the kinds of services that we get to build, we go through the
process, we get the legislation, but it takes community partners, and the work they do on the front lines in order to make that these places are working for the people that we want to take care of. it will take a consistent effort from each and every one of us if we are going to address this issue. every day i am thinking about what are some more ways in which we can get to a place where not only we are able to address some of the challenges around homelessness, but how will we build more housing, pete -- keep people housed, and make sure that when someone is homeless, we are able to get them into some permanent situations where they are able to live in dignity while we have a lot of work to do, but this is a great start and i'm i am looking forward to getting to our goal of making sure that 1,000 shelter beds exist, an additional a thousand beds in addition to the ones we have and they are open and available to anyone at any time so that no one has to sleep on our street at night in the cold.
thank you all so much for being here today. [applause] >> thank you mayor breed. as she suggested, the challenges of homelessness require the commitment of knowledgeable and dedicated legislatures. we also have this in our assembly member from the 19th district. [applause] >> thank you, david, thank you to e.c.s. for doing this amazing work, day after day. it is because of organizations like yours that you really make me so proud to be from san francisco. we have some of the best nonprofits, not just in our state, but across the country. thank you to mayor breed for your amazing leadership. it seems like a few months ago we are at division circle on caltrain land, and doing a similar celebration. i know that at times it feels so
daunting. we walked the streets, would drive the streets, we see folks sleeping on sidewalks, sleeping in the park, and i think for years, we have always grappled with, what do we do while what can we do? it feels like we put people in homes and in shelters and then there's more people in streets. at times it feels like an epic problem that really can't be solved. i think at times where i look at our city and we often times are a lightning rod for people. people are coming -- there are folks frustrated here and people are coming here from all over because san francisco is doing their part. san francisco is offering their services. that is one of the reasons why the state has decided to get involved. we realize this is no longer a city by city issue. mayor breed can't talk to other mayors, we have to figure out how to do this.
everyone in the state has to do their part. one in four homeless people in our country lives in california. one in four. 134,000 people. we have 75 -- we have 7500 people here in san francisco. los angeles has 60,000. think about it. that is not a small town. that is a medium-sized town in california. so the problem is great. it is also a stage that we know we can solve problems. we know if we can build bridges, we can build all these buildings , we can build all this amazing housing and build the economy. we have an economy here in san francisco with 2% of unemployment, we are the fifth largest economy in the entire world in california. there is nothing we feel like we can't do. if we can't find a way to put people in homes, if we can't find a way to have people, offer people a life with dignity, than
i don't think anybody else can. we will not stop trying, because that is what our city stands for we know that we believe that we are welcoming people from all around the world his, all around the country to come and live here regardless of their circumstance, regardless of their documents, regardless of why they're here, and because for the simple reason that they come here because this is a place where they can live, where they can thrive, where they can succeed. we want to continue to be the beacon of hope. that city ants that state where people want to come, where people can thrive, and where people can live out their dreams , that california dream is still alive and well. in terms of the state, we were so proud to work with the city about 20 years ago to ensure that caltrain's land, ten different parcels in the area, we want to thank tony at the team for working with us, to be able to give us land at a reduced rate.
many of us probably walked by and drove by the slabs thinking okay, it is just empty land. it is just part of an offramp. before i saw the division circle , i had no idea what could be done with the parcel of land next to a freeway on-ramp or an offramp. it is amazing. this is now an on-ramp onto a different life, right? [applause] >> not only can you go to oakland, you can go into other areas. that is what we want people to turn to. i am proud this is a team effort the city, the mohammed, our mayor, our new supervisor, state and caltrain saying, hey, i spoke to them and they spent about $60 million a year just shoeing people off their land. they said, hey, how about we helped house people?
let's not waste that money and let's be part of the solution. so that is what we are saying. let's be part of the solution. so the state was proud to give the city $10 million for navigation centers. went on division center that got put off. the state also said we will give $500 million across the entire state. $27 million to san francisco to help put up emergency shelters. why quiet we have an emergency crisis in homelessness. it is an emergency. when you have this many people living on the streets. i know that is the beginning. we need to do more and not only do we need to do more in terms of funding and taking a hard look, we need to make sure that everyone is building homeless shelters and housing for the homeless. not just us. it can't just b.s. it has to be san mateo, it has to be -- you can't just be us. it has to be all the different
counties that haven't been part of that solution. we know it is part of the stuff we need to do with the other counties who aren't as onboard. we'll be taking on those challenges just like we are taking on challenges from housing. but again, thank you so much for the huge amount of team effort, all of the city, state, amazing who are here today, and really to give 84 people this new on-ramp to a different life. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much. as the mayor pointed out, it takes a village to open a navigation center, and you can't have a village without the land its built on. this is where caltrain comes in. i would like to invite the district four director to the podium. he will describe in more detail their role in making this navigation center a reality. tony? [applause] >> good morning. thank you assembly member, mayor
london breed, and thank you to all the partners who made this navigation come to fruition. i'm so pleased and excited to be here this morning and celebrating the opening of the navigation center, and the partnership with the city of san francisco and the california department of transportation and crafting an innovative solution to the challenges of homelessness. for us at caltrain, keeping people safe is what we do. it is at the heart of what we do we come to work every day committed to ensuring the safety of those who drive on the highway system, our maintenance workers who are out diligently caring for that system, and the pedestrians and bicyclists navigate highways that are also city streets. it is incredibly important to me that everyone, whether work or traveller gets home safe at the end of each day. and because safety is so important to me, i worry when i see people trying to create a home on our toughest -- transportation infrastructure. it is not a safe option and it puts people at risk because they
are living close to heavy vehicles moving at high speeds, they are living long term in the exhaust of those vehicles, in their living without proper sanitary infrastructure and exposing them to disease. they are also living exposed and vulnerable to crime. this is not what we want for our fellow citizens, and yet more and more people feel they have no other option than to take shelter on the transportation infrastructure. this place has been in jeopardy and impacts the communities around them. is a huge and overwhelming problem, and know one nonprofit or government entity can solve it. but such big problems provide us with opportunities to innovate and develop these partnerships, and the navigation center is one of those solutions. with the creative leadership of the city of san francisco and the state legislature, we are able to lend an unexpected hand. this location is not -- is now
suitable as a permanent housing site, and it will also provide an entry point to help people on the journey out of homelessness. it will balance the urgency of the issue, the safety of the affected people, and the practical operational requirements on the highway system. i'm excited to see the impact of this center, as well as similar partnership opportunities that we are engaging in the bay area. the celebration today highlights what we can accomplish when we work worked together to find compassionate solutions. we are very proud to be part of the effort to address the crisis of homelessness, and i encourage everyone to think outside the box and discover how you too can take part. thank you very much. [applause] >> tony didn't mention what the actual rent is, i think it is one dollar a month. is that rent control? [laughter] >> good news. opening a center like this also
requires the participation of committed individuals and companies in the private sector. for that we have many people to thank, but none more so than google. i would like to introduce the chief of public affairs in california, rebecca pros and. [applause] >> good morning. google has been a proud member of san francisco for over a decade his. since we first moved to our offices along the embarcadero, we continue to aim higher to be a good corporate citizen and neighbor, build strong and valued relationships with local nonprofits like downtown streets , community groups, and policy members are doing incredibly important work in the city. we have a long history of working with these partners to identify where we can best be of service. where everyone has seen the most need to, and where we can have the most impact, is homelessness their answers provided us with a multitude of opportunities. we provided free munimobile for youth, we helped install free wi-fi and 31 parks across the
city, we have loaned city google employees for a civic leadership project to improve user experience and design of affordable housing which earned a government award last year, and we have also given $1 million to the mayor touch a fund for homelessness to unify the systems for homeless i -- facing nonprofits and service is called the one system. these projects and more have combined for a total investment of over $63 million in the san francisco community since 2014. nearly a quarter of the funding is addressing the dire need for more resources for more homelessness. it is through ongoing conversations with partners, icu jeff kaczynski, that we first learned about the mayor touch a fund for homelessness and navigation center programs. this is more than worthy of the google grants provided to offset the $4.67 million construction cost. we are so proud and thankful to
be here today as the doors are finally open, and more of our neighbors are able to access the resources and services they need we are honored to stand with mayor breed, with assembly member taking, supervisor matt haney, with episcopal community services and caltrain, and other city leaders to provide services to other individuals in need. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you, rebecca, and thank you so much to google for what they have done. our last speaker is ccs's director of programs who will describe some of the interesting details about this navigation center. ,. [applause] >> thank you. episcopal community services focuses on ending homelessness through housing as the brilliant navigation center is an essential component of the city 's homeless response system. as we serve long-term homeless
individuals, our focus is on offering rest bite from living on the streets, and giving people an opportunity to change their lives. today, 34 people have moved into this navigation center and we continue to accept people from the department of homelessness and supportive housing, and the homeless outreach team as we fill 84 beds. the brilliant navigation center is unique in that there are 20 beds designated for homeless women who have their own separate living and sleeping area, in addition to offering on site meals and showers and property storage, our guests will receive on site medical care, harm reduction therapeutic services, and case management connecting people to income, public benefits, interim housing and assessments for placement and longer-term housing. access to e.c.s.'s workforce development and healthy aging, continual services is also available for all of our navigation center guests.
finally, e.c.s. is proud to be partnering with the city as they bring on the brilliant navigation center, and we thank you all. [applause] >> thank you. once again we would like to thank mayor breed, this family member, and google and further remarks today and for their amazing supports. we like to thank all of you, a republican private partners, staff, residence, neighbors for attending this. we are committed to continuing to provide pathways to housing with tools such as this navigation center and the programs and services it provides. you are all invited to a short tour of this new facility that will be led by, and by john, our interim director of shelters and that will conclude our presentation today. thank you. [applause]
national led organization. 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 feeding people. the food recovery network national slogan is finding ways to feed people. it's property to bring the scientific and human element into the situation. better. san francisco department of environment is a place where climate hits the street. we know that we don't have all the answers. we need to support our local champions, our local community to find creative solutions and innovations that help us get to zero waste. >> zero waste is sending nothing to landfill or incineration, using reuse and recovery and prevention as ways to achieve
zero waste. the grant program is a grant program specifically for nonprofits in san francisco to divert material from landfill. it's important to find the san francisco produce market because there's a lot of edible food that can be diverted and they need positions to capture that food and focus on food recovery. >> san francisco produce market is a resource that connects farmers and their produce with businesses in the bay area. i think it's a basic human right to have access to healthy foods, and all of this food here is available. it's a matter of creating the infrastructure, creating jobs, and the system whereby none of this goes to waste. since the beginning of our
program in july 2016 to date, we've donated over 1 million pounds of produce to our community partners, and that's resulted in over 900,000 meals to people in our community, which we're very proud of. >> carolyn at the san francisco produce market texts with old produce that's available. the produce is always excellent. we get things like broccoli, brussels sprouts, bell peppers. everything that we use is nice and fresh, so when our clients get it, they really enjoy it, and it's important to me to feel good about what i do, and working in programs such as this really provides that for me. it's helping people. that's what it's really about, and i really enjoy that. >> the work at the produce market for me representing the intersection between environment