Three sets of hands lift up onions, carrots, and potatoes

Building a Solid Foundation in Difficult Times


Dated 6.1.2020

Building a solid enough foundation for TNDC to continue serving over 5,800 people through the pandemic is a team effort.

Without our supporters' generosity, tenants' advocacy, and staff's hard work, TNDC would have struggled through this time of crisis. We're especially thankful to our monthly donors or Groundbreakers and funders who stepped up during the pandemic to make sure there's reliable sources of funding right now.

With your support, we can provide people, many of whom are most at risk of getting sick, with essential shelter, food, and care for their mental health and well-being.   

“It really makes a difference when tenants know that you care about them with all that's going on in the world,” said Angelita Rivera, Assistant Manager at the Kelly Cullen Community.

Having onsite support during this time has been so valuable, but that's not all that's been necessary. Food security has quickly become an increasingly important issue in our communities, disproportionately affecting our Black and Brown neighbors. Your support has allowed us to shift our efforts to where its needed most. 

As tenants faced going hungry because of lost income and health concerns preventing them from going to the store, your support enabled us to bring over 4,000 prepared meals and 500 bags of groceries directly to people’s homes every week. When kids faced going hungry because of losing school meals, you helped us partner with the San Francisco Unified School District to turn the Tenderloin After-School Program into a free grab-and-go food site for families.

Your regular support especially allowed us to meet unexpected needs including the urgent need to purchase additional cleaning supplies, increase sanitation, and buy thousands of masks for our tenants.

Your support, however big or small, whether it’s once a month or once a year, whether its advocacy or volunteering, is critical to helping serve our community during this challenging time. 

A staffmember in a mask takes a selfie with bags of food in background, another person helps set them at doors in a hallway
A room full of grocery bags