SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco's landmark Dining
Room for the poor has no choice but to carefully utilize every resource it
has. Using a conscious recipe of food reclamation and resource management,
recycling and composting, St. Anthony's offers 2,600 sustainably managed,
healthy and filling meals 365 days a year at an average food cost of 33
cents per serving; and at no cost to the hungry Dining Room guests.
More than 75% of the 6,000 pounds of food that is prepared and served
each day to San Francisco's hungriest residents is reclaimed food; such as
second-harvest fruits and vegetables or day old baked goods from bakeries,
which would otherwise be thrown away. To continue the cycle of local
sustainability, 70% of the waste matter (from preparation scraps to
unfinished meals) from St. Anthony Dining Room is composted or recycled,
which is then used as soil amendment for local farms. In Spring 2008, St.
Anthony's will also be opening San Francisco's first Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design LEED certified Green Direct Social Services
This year St. Anthony's celebrated Earth Day with a healthy vegetarian
meal of donated organic greens from Greenleaf Produce, freshly stuffed
baked potatoes and reclaimed zucchini's from the Food Bank, and delicious
donated desserts from Just Desserts Bakery.
"Earth Day is really about bringing awareness to responsible
utilization of our resources. At St. Anthony's we feed a lot of people
every day, but we do it with serious consideration of the resources at
hand. Food gets transformed to nourishment, waste gets transformed to
compost, compost gets transformed to food, and lives get transformed in the
process," noted St. Anthony's spokesperson, Francis Aviani.
"As an award winning natural bakery, we create a lot of delicious
desserts before we perfect a recipe," noted Just Desserts Executive Chef,
Mani Niall. "As a socially-responsible business, it makes sense for those
desserts to go to food banks or St. Anthony's."
Just Desserts is known throughout the U.S. for their award winning all-
natural desserts. Greenleaf Produce provides peak-of-the-season produce to
many of San Francisco's finest restaurants and foodservice facilities. Both
organizations contribute to Bay Area local sustainability by donating their
overages to food banks and organizations like St. Anthony's.
For 57 years St. Anthony Foundation has provided free, life-sustaining
support for the poor and homeless. St. Anthony Foundation's programs help
heal individuals and families by providing a continuum of care that
includes the Dining Room, Free Medical Clinic, drug and alcohol recovery
programs, and an Employment Program/ Learning Center. St. Anthony
Foundation does not accept any federal, state, or local government money
and is entirely funded by private donations.
SOURCE St. Anthony Foundation