BTWCSC & Partners Serve the Community
Since the pandemic, Booker T. Washington Community Service Center remained steadfast and deliberate when it came to providing food security for its community. Over the last nine months, we have fed over 94 families Monday through Friday with our neighboring community partners.
Chris Shelton the Director of Operations was instrumental in partnering with several local food distributors who cared for the community and made sure food security was given to all our community neighbors and homeless population. For us to truly understand the magnitude of what BTWCSC delivered it important to understand the meaning of food security
Food insecurity – often rooted in poverty – decreases the ability of countries to develop their agricultural markets and economies. Access to quality, nutritious food is fundamental to human existence. Secure access to food can produce wide-ranging positive impacts, including: ... Increased global security and stability. According to the FAO, in a definition established at the World Food Summit (WFS) in Rome in 1996, food security is achieved when everyone has physical, social, and economic access at all times to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
BTWCSC would like to highlight our community partners during these times and thank them for continuing to serve our community as we seek light at the end of the tunnel. They recognize that this is far from over and have continued their partnership hand in hand with us.
San Francisco Marin Food Bank
Booker T. Community Center has been a strong partner with the San Francisco Marin Food Bank for over 8 years, serving 80 community members every week. Through the years, we’ve handled many challenges along the way, including relocation and most recently the Covid-19 pandemic. During the shelter in place order, Booker T immediately offered to let the Food Bank use the community space to host an emergency response pantry. While the Food Bank found another location for the pantry, the staff at Booker T continued to think creatively for ways to serve the community and launched a food box pick-up program which has been running strong since May and provides groceries for 35 families every week.
The staff at Booker T continued to think creatively for ways to serve the community and launched a food box pick-up program which has been running strong since May and provides groceries for 35 families every week.
It is with dedicated partners like Booker T that we are able to reach our goal of ending hunger. It has been my absolute pleasure to work with Booker T and hope to do so for the foreseeable future.
Benson Truong
Program Coordinator
415) 282-1907, ext. 312
Project Open Hand
Since 1998, Project Open Hand has served nutritious meals - breakfast and lunch - to San Francisco seniors and adults with disabilities in a variety of neighborhoods and sites throughout San Francisco. Many of our dining locations offer daily social and educational activities, including nutrition classes, bingo, arts, and exercise. Project Open Hand's nutritious meals and community site activities can improve health outcomes by lowering risks for disease, depression, and cognitive decline. One of our newest sites we are excited to have a partnership with is the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center where they open their doors for the need of the community and have a vested interest in their nutritional wellbeing, it is very much appreciated.

Erika Molina
Erika Molina, Director Community Nutrition Programs
Project Open Hand | 730 Polk Street, SF, CA 94109
Direct: 415.447.2470 | Main: 415.447.2300
Start the new year right by lending a hand. Help prepare and package meals with love and meals that heal for our critically ill clients. Sign up for a volunteer shift at Project Open Hand!
MEANS Database
"MEANS Database has had the honor of partnering with Booker T. Washington Community Service Center on our Community Meal Program to provide 120 meals a week to those at the center. These meals are purchased from small, local restaurants to support these establishments during a tough year, while also helping feed those who may be food insecure. One of our recurring restaurants has been La Laguna which is owned and operated by Ray. The gigantic burritos the restaurant brings for the staff and individuals at BTWCSC have put smiles on faces while also securing one meal a week that people do not need to worry about. We have loved working with Chris and the other staff at BTWCSC and hope we can continue to do so in the future!" 
Thank you so much for this opportunity to share our program in your newsletter! Let me know if you need anything else from me! 
Kenna Rogers
International Project Manager 
WISE Health
At the beginning of the pandemic, we had the opportunity to partner with Booker T. Washington Community Service Center where we feed over 50 families weekly with organic foods.

Our Mission is to spark innovative solutions and strategies to engage healthy communities"

WISE Health, founded in 2015, aims to work with organizations to design, implement, and evaluate solutions to major public health issues. The model for WISE Health was created as a result of the overwhelming and constant observations of the need for more innovative, tailored, and relevant approaches to health and wellness for vulnerable populations living throughout the Bay Area. It is our belief that community and technology-driven innovation can improve health outcomes, create healthy communities, and inform health policies.

WISE Health offers a variety of community health programming that can be tailored to meet the needs of all ages. We specifically target the aging populations (i.e.,62 years and older)-- and given the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area, our programs and services are offered in multiple languages (e.g., English, Cantonese, Spanish). There are few community-based programs that provide services that are able to meet the wide range of needs that seniors have in a single setting. Thus, our approach is unique in that we not only have the experience and ability to reach socially and physically active people through our programs, but we also reach the increasing population of under-served, socially isolated, disadvantaged and disabled as well.

Brittney Doyle 
5600 3rd St. 
San Francisco, Ca 94124
Bayview Senior Services - Western Addition Senior Center
We had the opportunity during Covid 19 to partner with one of our long-time partners in the Western Addition, Booker T. Washington Community Service Center. We provided hot meals every Friday and will continue to deliver on our partnership.

For over forty-eight years, Bayview Senior Services, (aka Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services) has responded to community needs and served as a catalyst for neighborhood activism and advocacy.

Programs are designed to enhance and retain the health, quality of life, and culture of African American elders who remain as long-standing members of communities in San Francisco. We believe that when older adults and people living with disabilities in African American communities are cared for with dignity, honor, and respect, they will be able to age in place and maintain a strong and vibrant cultural presence in San Francisco.

Our programs, which are open to all seniors and persons with disabilities, include three senior centers, nutritious meals, information/ referral, case management, adult day health care, money management, a senior ex-offender program, and housing advocacy.

Ms. Robin Bill, a 20+ year employee of the center’s previous administration joined the BHPMSS team as the center’s director to provide a smooth transition.

Western Addition Senior Center
1390 1/2 Turk @ Filmore
San Francisco, CA 94115
Open Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

From the Board of Director and Staff we would like to say THANK YOU again for your ongoing support.