St. Anthony’s Foundation

Since 1950, St. Anthony’s has provided essential support to San Franciscan’s living in poverty.




We serve 2400 meals each day, every day
Provide 150 people each day with fresh, clean clothing
Support 70 people each day with addiction recovery services

In San Francisco, one in five adults lacks the resources to provide food for themselves or their families. In the Tenderloin district, that number is as high as one in two. At St. Anthony’s Dining Room, we help to offset this lack of basic sustenance by serving nearly one million hot, sit-down meals every year.

Many different types of people eat in our Dining Room, such as veterans, seniors, the working poor, homeless and low-income residents, recent immigrants, recent parolees, and the mentally and addictively ill.

Welcoming each guest with dignity and respect is fundamental to the Dining Room’s meal service, and the Dining Room is a community. Whether in a residential hotel room or on the street, 83% of our guests live alone, and the Dining Room is a place to share stories and smiles. We accept any and all people who come through our doors to eat. More than one-third of our guests rely on these meals as their only source of food each day, and many must decide between paying their rent and purchasing medicine before budgeting for food.

This year we will serve more than 2,000,000 pounds of food. 75% of that food is donated or provided free by our community partners. As a model of environmental stewardship, our Dining Room composts or recycles 70% of all program waste.

Alongside individual volunteers, student, church, and corporate groups volunteer daily. The men in our Father Alfred Center Addiction Recovery Program help to prepare each day’s meals. An outreach team is also present to provide guidance to guests who would benefit from other St. Anthony’s programs and services. In addition to the regular meal service and in collaboration with the San Francisco Food Bank, the Dining Room hosts a weekly food distribution program which provide groceries to hundreds of low-income San Francisco residents and seniors.


St. Anthony Foundation

St. Anthony Foundation
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FounderAlfred Boeddeker, O.F.M.
Focushomelessness, poverty

The St. Anthony Foundation is a nonprofit social service organization in San Francisco, California. They are best known for their operation of the St. Anthony Dining Room in the Tenderloin District.[1][2][3] It was founded in 1950 by Franciscan friar Alfred Boeddeker to serve free meals to the poor in an ordinary restaurant-like setting. The Dining Room has served as many as 2,500 plates of food a day,[4] and over thirty seven million meals since its creation. The foundation operates a residential drug and alcohol treatment program for men, the Father Alfred Center, whose residents provide volunteer labor for the Dining Hall.[5] Other social services are provided.[6] Local political figures honoring the foundation include Representative Nancy Pelosi, who served the thirty five millionth meal in 2009.[7] The Foundation's dining hall is scheduled to move to a new building in 2012.



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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102-3810 | Tax-exempt since March 1946
  • EIN: 94-1513140
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
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June 2019

Fiscal year ending June




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Last Updated: 2020-11-28 08:12