Kitchen and Food Distribution Center
Meals on Wheels San Francisco has served the needs of homebound seniors since 1970. In 2019, we began building a bigger, state-of-the-art industrial kitchen and food distribution center to meet the needs of the growing population of food insecure and isolated older adults living in the City. The new facility will allow us to increase our meal production capacity to up to 30,000 meals daily, advance the quality and variety of our meals, and become a source for other organizations with food-based missions to turn to for low-cost, high-quality food.
On November 19, 2020, the vision of this new kitchen became a reality and we were thrilled to officially open The Sangiacomo Flynn Building, home to the Andy and Teri Goodman Nourishing Kitchen, located at 2230 Jerrold Avenue in the Bayview! Scroll below to learn about the features of this new facility that will serve the nutritional needs of homebound seniors for many decades to come.
If you missed our virtual celebration and dedication, you can view the broadcast that aired on November 19, 2020, right here!
- The 35,794 square foot facility located at 2230 Jerrold Avenue, San Francisco, includes a state-of-the-art cook-chill area, high bay freezers, assembly production areas, receiving docks, and rooftop solar panels
- The kitchen is designed to more than double the efficiency and output of meals from 8,000 meals daily to up to 30,000 and to maximize quality and choice for clients
- The production facility is the only one of its kind in San Francisco that will use cook-chill equipment to produce bulk food to be used in meals
- The kitchen is located near the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market in the Bayview allowing for food recapture opportunities; in time, the facility may also be able to help other organizations fulfill their missions through food
- The facility will house a test kitchen for the creation of new, nutritious, medically tailored recipes based on the availability of seasonal foods
- Photovoltaic cells will offset electricity needs providing an estimated annual savings of $50,000
Seniors in San Francisco face a tough road – housing, cost of living, and rising medical costs.
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We are happy to announce that the 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign for our new industrial kitchen and food distribution center is completed!
Thank you for supporting this once-in-a-lifetime campaign either through a donation or purchase of a paver. Your support helped us build (and now open) The Sangiacomo Flynn Building, home to the Andy and Teri Goodman Nourishing Kitchen. This bigger and better kitchen has the capacity to take us through many more decades of providing millions of nutritious home-delivered meals to seniors in need. Thank you for making this dream a reality!
Additionally, we want to recognize and thank Jack Dorsey, #StartSmall, and MacKenzie Scott for their recent and very generous gifts that officially closed the campaign and helped us meet our fundraising goal. #StartSmall is Jack Dorsey’s philanthropic initiative to fund global COVID-19 relief, girls’ health and education, and efforts towards Universal Basic Income. Dorsey transferred $1 billion (28% of his wealth) to #StartSmall in 2020.
By finishing this campaign on time, we can now focus our efforts keenly on our core programs, particularly our home-delivered meals and social services operations that are critical to our clients.
We officially celebrate the opening of The Sangiacomo Flynn Building, home to the Andy and Teri Goodman Nourishing Kitchen
New milestones to announce about our new kitchen!
- Construction of the new kitchen is completed; much of the furniture and equipment has been moved in and set up.
- We officially have keys and soon, staff will be moving into the building to begin training on the new kitchen equipment.
- Full kitchen operations to begin by end of October.
Meals on Wheels San Francisco Executive Chef, David Hernandez, highlights some of the features and capabilities of the new ovens that just arrived at our soon-to-be-opened facility.
This week is the one-year anniversary when we officially broke ground on this project and began a new chapter in our organization’s history. We’re are thrilled at the progress of the new kitchen — see photos below!
- State-of-the-art industrial kitchen equipment is starting to be placed inside the facility. Soon staff will receive safety and operational training on each piece of equipment.
- The interior areas of the new kitchen are almost completed with many walls painted and carpeting and other flooring installed.
- The outer perimeter fence is under construction.
- Pavers have been installed in the visitor entry walkway. Soon, many of these will have inscriptions from supporters.
We’re excited to see the transformation of our new kitchen and food production facility take place! We’re less than 60 days away from occupying the facility as construction continues to move forward.
- Approximately 91% of the funds have been secured for the capital campaign. We have approximately $3.7million to raise; learn how you can make a donation to the capital campaign with the purchase of our commemorative pavers.
- Drywall and doorframes have been installed and corridors are taking shape.
- Refrigeration rooms are being installed.
Now more than ever, we are looking forward to completing the construction of our new kitchen and food production facility so that we can increase our meal production and storage capacity by double in order to help those in need during crisis situations such as COVID-19. To date:
- We’ve reached our “topping off” milestone — a point in construction where the last beam is put into place. See the slideshow below for pictures from the event.
- Interior walls, floors, and ceilings are starting to be installed.
- Fundraising for the $41 million project continues with $4.7 million needed to complete the project.
- The public is invited to be a part of our MOWSF history with the purchase of Pavers to be installed in our walkway entrance. Pavers can be purchased here.
We are truly excited to provide you with the latest information on our efforts to build our new kitchen and food production facility. Here are the highlights to date:
- Hosted a groundbreaking marking the official start of construction on July 25, 2019
- Secured 100 percent financing and New Markets Tax Credit support
- Approximately 82 percent of the funds have been raised for this project to date
- Foundation is now poured and walls are beginning to go up
- Kitchen is slated to open beginning of the fourth quarter 2020
Photos & Videos
July 2-13, 2020 Photos: MOWSF
June, 2020 Photos: MOWSF
March 9, 2020 Photos: MOWSF
April, 2020 Photos: MOWSF
Oct. – Nov., 2019 Photos: MOWSF
January, 2020 Photos: MOWSF
July 25, 2019 Photos: Constanza Hevia
November 26, 2020 | San Francisco Examiner | Meals on Wheels San Francisco rolls out new building and Thanksgiving cheer
November 24, 2020 | San Francisco Chronicle | New, bigger kitchen triples Meals on Wheels’ capacity
December 6, 2019 | NMTC Giving Meals on Wheels San Francisco Room to Grow
July 25, 2019 | ABC 7 | New kitchen coming for Meals on Wheels in San Francisco
July 25, 2019 | SF Gate | Meals on Wheels Breaks Ground on New Kitchen Facility to Double Production
Thank you to our Partners & Collaborators
Inventive Partnerships and Collaborations Serving the San Francisco Community and Helping Seniors Thrive:
- San Francisco Dept of Aging & Adult Services – funding, advocacy, service evaluation
- San Francisco/Marin Food Bank – Partners with us in delivering groceries to seniors
- San Francisco Office of Economic and Workplace Development
- Rebuilding Together – addressing senior safety
- Shanti Project/PAWS – helping MOWSF seniors care for their beloved pets
- Institute on Aging – together serving adults with disabilities
- Tenderloin Hunger Task Force, Food Security Task Force, Long Term Care Coordinating Council
- Leadership positions in Meals on Wheels America and Meals on Wheels California, Sharing resources, advocacy and public awareness at the state and federal levels
Project Team Partners
- Jackson Liles Architecture
- Plant Construction
- Skyline Partners, Inc.
- Kitchen Professionals
Thank you to supporters of the 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign
We gratefully thank the following supporters for their commitments to the 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign which were received between July 1, 2017 and July 10, 2020.
Kellie and Steve Abreu
Deborah and David Ballati
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Annie and Jim Barnett
Avril and Charlie Barry
Cindy A. Black
Shannon and Rob Bloemker
The Bob A. Ross Foundation
Marty and Norman Buckhart
Katie Callahan and Mark Mance
Elizabeth Cartwright and Alan Casserly
Lois and Steve Chess
Jim Connelly and Anne Mackenzie
Lisa and Jim Considine
L. Michael Costa
Craig Newmark Philanthropies
Crescent Porter Hale Foundation
Brittany Packnett Cunningham
Lindy and Erin Cunningham-McKnight
Dr. Roy L. Curry
Sharon and Mike Dixon
R. Stephen Doyle
Feigenbaum Nii Foundation
Jennifer and Alex Fervel
First Republic Bank
Russ and Lee Flynn
Sara Flynn and Donald Libbey
Amy Flynn and Paul Burke
Elizabeth Foster and Michael Harris
The Friend Family Foundation
Samantha and Mark Furstein
The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation
Leslie and Umberto Gibin
Patricia Y. Girardi
Emily and Sam Glick
Teri and Andy Goodman
Dr. Roger and Mary Greenberg
Judy and Richard Guggenhime
Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Halff Windham Foundation
Cecilia and Jim Herbert
The Herbst Foundation, Inc.
Inner Spark Foundation
William G. Irwin Charity Foundation
Pamela J.D. and William Johnson
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Shannon Rogers and Rohan Kalbag
Keyes-Sulat Family Fund
James and Susan Kirk
Hamila and Roman Kownacki
The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation
Nancy Leavens Fund
Connie and John Linehan
David Linnell and Linda Davisson
Timothy Marten, MD and Mary Heylin
Ashley C. McCumber and Craig Davini
Connie Tompkins McCole
Ereca Miller and John Shrewsberry
Kate and Wes Mitchell
John and Paula Murphy
Silbey Mui and Charles Siu
James Oswald and Marty Courson
Gabriella and Mark Parcella
Sonja Hoel Perkins and Jon Perkins
Audrey Brandt and Richard Pierce
Mary and LH Pitts
The Platinum Packaging Group
Cathy and Mike Podell
Debbie and Andy Rachleff
Rogers Family Foundation
Kay Rousseau and Stuart Montgomery
Gerry and Jim Sangiacomo Family Fund
Susan Sangiacomo and Diana Pelliccione
Yvonne and Angelo Sangiacomo
San Francisco Office of Economic and Work Force Development
Patrick and Valerie Schmalz
The Schmidt Family
Nancy and Kevin Sidow
B. Lois Sitter
Dr. Ian Patrick Sobieski
The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation
Craig and Maureen Sullivan Family Fund
Peter and Marie Sullivan
Sutter Health CPMC
TPG Global, LLC
Uber Technologies, Inc.
Frank Van Veenendall
Monique and John Viola
Atsuko Watanabe and David Sovie
Irvenia Waters and José Allen
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
Mary Ellen and Jim Wilson
Rosemary T. and Harry K. Wong
Anders Yang JD
Lisa and Todd Zabelle
Xavier and Liz Zang
New Market Tax Credit Partners
Capital Impact Partners
San Francisco Community