Churches aren't the only option for free meals
FOOD BANK OF AMERICA
Where: In front of the Bank of America at 2701 Mission. When: Thursday, 5pm until food runs out. Occupy-related people, carrying on from the giant Food Bank of America action on Jan. 20, when the Bank of America at the Embarcadero locked its doors after activists set up a food table and hung two interactive banners where passers-by could write what fit under the category "person" and what fit under the category "corporation." They hung a third banner saying Food Bank of America, hundreds ate a hot meal, and the concept caught on. Now, people who have been gathering food donations for Occupy and otherwise give away fresh produce and hand out information about credit unions weekly in front of the bank.
Where: Mendell Plaza, at Third and Oakdale. When: Every third Sunday, 10-2. A few organizations, including the Black Star Riders Coalition and the Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation, work together to put on this food giveaway every other week. It takes place in Mendell Plaza, the square that some have renamed Kenny's Plaza after Harding, who was killed in the plaza at 19 years old after a dispute with SFPD officers over bus fare. "First, we definitely want to honor Kenny, that's why we got there," said Tracey Bell-Borden, one of the organizers of the Community Feed. "But there's been a lot of activity in that area for a long time. So it's really about healing the community," she said. "We have to take care of our community."