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This past weekend, we were thrilled to join the company Zendesk – a pioneer of our Adopt-A-Building program in the Tenderloin and SoMa neighborhoods – and a fabulous group of community partners for the 46th annual San Francisco Pride celebration. Along with Code Tenderloin, the Gubbio Project, St. Anthony Foundation, Swords to Plowshares, and Tenderloin Walking Tours, we danced, sang, and sashayed our way down Market Street in front of an estimated crowd of 1.2 million people.
The theme for this year’s Pride celebration put a spotlight on racial and economic justice. For all of us at Meals On Wheels, the march for Pride continues in San Francisco, even after the last piece of confetti falls to the ground. A recent study found 62% of seniors in San Francisco who identify as LGBTQ earned less than $39,000 a year – a tough road to hoe in a city where the average rent for a one bedroom apartment is $42,000 a year.
These seniors – oftentimes isolated from their families – rely heavily on Meals On Wheels to provide them with nutritious food and daily safety checks from our incredible team of volunteers and drivers. Our services provide a critical safety net for this vulnerable population, allowing them to age with dignity and independence in their own homes, where they want to be.
If you missed the chance to celebrate Pride weekend with us, we invite you to join us for one of our upcoming volunteer opportunities to keep the vision of racial and economic justice alive and well for homebound seniors throughout the year. Visit our volunteer page for more information, and make sure to check out the video of our Pride celebration.