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Christmas at McCalls: Giving Back to Our Local Community

December 27, 2012
Kirsty Gumina

The holidays are a special time of year when we like to surround ourselves with our nearest and dearest, as well as a time to give thanks by aiding those in need. This Christmas, McCalls was excited to give back to our community due in part to our partnership with Food Runners, a local organization that works to assuage hunger here in San Francisco, and our second annual partnership with the sisters of the San Francisco branch of Fraternité Notre Dame, a soup kitchen with worldwide reach.

Leading this collaborative effort from our team was Tim Stewart, Kitchen Safety Manager and one of our many talented chefs. Building on our current relationship with Food Runners, who picks up our leftover food and delivers it to numerous soup kitchens in the Bay Area throughout the year, Tim was able to foster a connection with the sisters of the local chapter of Fraternité Notre Dame and volunteer some much needed services for the holidays: a kitchen and a few extra sets of culinary hands.

The sisters of Fraternité Notre Dame typically prepare and serve hot food for up to 300 people in need every afternoon out of their “Mary of Nazareth” Soup Kitchen in the Tenderloin. They also prepare and deliver food to nearby senior citizens and others who are not easily mobile and need meals delivered to their homes.

Upon learning about this wonderful organization through Food Runners, and their inspiring efforts to feed the hungry, Tim wanted to find a way for us to give back. So, on Christmas Eve day and Christmas morning, McCalls opened up its doors to our prep kitchen and many of our own staff generously volunteered their time and culinary skills to help prepare Christmas feasts from food charitably donated from many San Francisco benefactors. Once prepared, Food Runners picked up the meals from our kitchen and delivered them onsite to the sisters who served them up to at least 400 homeless people on Christmas Eve at the Fulton Street Plaza as well as in Bayview, and at least another 400 people on Christmas Day at their Tenderloin facility.

We send big thanks to Fraternité Notre Dame, Food Runners, our volunteer chefs and Tim for organizing and getting involved in such a wonderful endeavor.

On behalf of the entire McCalls team, we hope you enjoyed a happy holiday and wish you and yours a healthy and prosperous New Year!

If you would like to volunteer or learn more about Fraternité Notre Dame, please visit their website at: http://www.fraternitenotredame.com/2011_2_0/index.php

If you would like to volunteer or learn more about Food Runners, please visit their website at: http://www.foodrunners.org/