Supervisors approve funding
for Haight Ashbury Food Program
District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has spearheaded a drive to
for the Haight Ashbury Food Program.
By Laura Dudnick
August 3, 2007
San Francisco's board of supervisors has awarded $120,000 in
city funding to an employment skills program for homeless, unemployed
or disadvantaged residents, according to a statement released
yesterday by Haight Ashbury Food Program.
For the second year in a row, District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
has spearheaded the drive to provide funding for the Haight Ashbury,
according to organizers.
The program will use the funding to provide 32 individuals with
the skills needed to secure and maintain permanent jobs in San
Francisco's food service industry, according to program organizers.
In addition the operating costs of the program, the funding will
also sustain the chef instructor and job developer positions.
"Developing the skills necessary to secure and retain employment
is a critical step in the road to self-sufficiency,'' executive
director of the Haight Ashbury Food Program Michael Scribner said.
"Supervisor Mirkarimi's generous and steadfast support of
our program has made an enormous difference in giving homeless,
unemployed and other disadvantaged residents of District 5 the
opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their families
while at the same time providing nutritious meals to others in
our community who are hungry,'' Scribner said.
Financial support from the city came at a crucial time for the
Haight Ashbury Food Program, following the program's loss of federal
funding from the Workforce Investment Act and Welfare to Work,
according to program organizers.
Meals prepared by the program's students using donated food from
Starbucks Co., Albertson's LLC, Safeway Inc. and the San Francisco
Food Bank are served to homeless or hungry residents of San Francisco's
"This is a model program proven effective in empowering
communities,'' Supervisor Mirkarimi said. "It deserves national
I am pleased that my colleagues approved funding to continue
this program, and I look forward to working with Haight Ashbury
Food Program to replicate it elsewhere in San Francisco.''
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