SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- Patty Baldwin, a retired English teacher at San Francisco State University, first championed the idea for a food bank when her partner, an English teacher at City College, shared the plight of one of her hungry students with Baldwin.
“She had a student who seemed to very ‘gung ho’ about the class, but while in class, he didn’t seem to be that [engaged]. It turned out he often didn’t have access to food,” Baldwin said. “We started packing a lunch for her student. It totally helped, he bounced back.”
Baldwin and her partner began looking for other resources at CCSF to help the student, but discovered that “CCSF didn’t seem to offer that much.”