Community Garden

TNDC Tenderloin People’s Garden

TNDC Tenderloin People's Garden


San Francisco’s Tenderloin District (Tenderloin) is one of the only neighborhoods in the city of San Francisco without a full-service grocery store, making access to fresh, affordable food a daily struggle for the many low-income residents of the Tenderloin. Over 30,000 residents, including families and children, live in the Tenderloin.

TNDC’s gardening began with the Tenderloin People’s Garden in 2010: A vacant lot near San Francisco’s City Hall transformed into what is now a vibrant and vital community garden. Located on the corner of Larkin and McAllister Streets, the Tenderloin People’s Garden was created as part of TNDC’s work for food justice, promoting a more equitable food system that prioritizes all people’s access to the basic human right of healthy food.  The garden brings together hundreds of volunteers of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses to grow food and build community.

Since 2010, TNDC’s gardening has expanded to four TNDC rooftop gardens on TNDC buildings in the heart of San Francisco. All five of TNDC’s gardens produce approximately 2,500 pounds of food distributed to over 400 people for free.


The corner of Larkin & McAllister Streets, San Francisco

Join us to create a solution to hunger in the Tenderloin!

There is always work to be done at the Tenderloin People’s Garden, and volunteers are welcome.

  • Individual volunteer drop in hours:

Monday- Friday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m.

  • Harvest Day individual volunteer hours, helping to harvest and distribute food: Please email Health and Wellness Program Manager Kamillah Gallofin at

2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Join the food justice campaign by attending community meetings: Tenderloin Healthy Food Coalition meetings and Green Tenderloin Coalition meetings. For information about these meetings, please contact TNDC Community Organizer Ryan Thayer at


Volunteer and Corporate Outreach Contact:

Haley Caldwell
TNDC Volunteer and Corporate Outreach Coordinator
(415) 358-3944


Watch this short video by Cheryl Jennings of ABC 7 News to learn how TNDC is planting the seeds for a healthier community.

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