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San Francisco Community School Now Serves over 100 Families in First Student-Run Food Bank 

Cesar E. Chavez Afterschool Service Club succeeds with first ever student-run community food pantry in the Bay Area as middle school students pave the way for a renaissance of community service in the Outer Mission.

For Immediate Release

December 13, 2007

San Francisco­ Although established only two months ago the San Francisco Community School has announced its student-run Cesar E. Chavez Afterschool Service Club food pantry is now serving more than 100 families. The food pantry is called Jean's Free Grocery and Pantry, in honor of Jean Bell, a well loved teacher who passed away last year.  It is the first ever student-run food pantry in the Bay Area.  In collaboration with the San Francisco Food Bank , the 25 middle school students in the Cesar E. Chavez Afterschool Service Club provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and other food every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in the Excelsior neighborhood.  

The  students literally handle just about everything from soup to nuts.  They help set-up, distribute the food, and then clean-up after the food pantry is over. They also learn much more.  Through service, these young people learn how to be part of their community, and in so doing make it stronger. Students who participate in community service are statistically proven to do better in school, are more likely to become active citizens, lead more fulfilling lives, and to continue to be engaged in civic activity as youths and as adults.  

The Cesar E. Chavez Afterschool Service Club is part of a state wide community service-learning initiative sponsored by Youth Service California and the Office of the Governor. The goal of the Cesar E. Chavez Service Club is to create a new framework and philosophy for middle school students in the Outer Mission, helping them grow into tomorrow's leaders. As a part of Third Base Afterschool, a program sponsored by Bay Area Community Resources and ExCEL Afterschool Programs, these students are helping to pave the way for more community service projects in our public schools. 



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  Student, Family and Community Support DepartmentSan Francisco Unified School District