TNDC Tenderloin People’s Garden

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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.

The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (TNDC) gardening began with the TNDC 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 TNDC 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, which is distributed to over 400 people for free per year.


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:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday at 3 – 5 p.m.

Harvest Day individual volunteer hours, helping to harvest and distribute food:

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



General Garden and Individual Drop In Volunteer Questions: 

Kamillah Gallofin
TNDC Health and Wellness Program Manager
(415) 358-3979

General Volunteer and Scheduled Group Volunteer Questions: 

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



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

Food Justice and Community Organizing Questions: 

Ryan Thayer
TNDC Community Organizer
(415) 358-3962


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

Learn about TNDC’s other programs.

Learn more about TNDC.

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