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SFO Unites Against Hunger 

Airport Launches “SFO Unites Against Hunger” Food Donation Program

SFO Partners with Waste No Food to connect airport restaurant donors with local charities

SFO announced the launch of a new food donation program, titled “SFO Unites Against Hunger”, which partners with web-based marketplace Waste No Food to connect airport restaurants that have excess food to donate with local charities in need of such resources.  To support the donation process, the Airport constructed four purpose-built donation rooms around the Airport, complete with industrial-size refrigeration units.  SFO has secured participation from eight airport tenants, operating a total of 38 food and beverage locations around the Airport.  SFO began accepting donations on July 10, 2017.  In the first week of operation, approximately 250 meals were donated to the St. Anthony Foundation.  Other charities will be added in the near future.

“We are proud to launch our ‘SFO Unites Against Hunger’ food donation program,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero.  “Our goal is to be an exceptional Airport in service to our communities, and this effort takes our commitment to a new level.  We appreciate the innovative solution provided by Waste No Food, and we are grateful for the participation of so many restaurant operators at SFO.”

“This program will make a huge dent in hunger within our community,” said Waste No Food Executive Director Kiran Sridhar.  “If we can reduce food waste by just thirty percent, we can feed every hungry person in our community—and in the nation.  And because we leverage technology, our solution is adaptable, portable, and scalable to airports across the country.  It is fitting that San Francisco Airport – the transportation hub of the Bay Area – is at the vanguard of innovation in helping to eradicate hunger.”

"St. Anthony's serves more than 800,000 meals each year to homeless and low income San Franciscans,” said Corporate Relations Manager Dolores Gould.  “We can only do that with the support of community partners like SFO and their wonderful team of airport tenants who do such a great job of serving passengers and staff.”

Studies have shown that as much as one-third of all food from farms, restaurants, and grocery stores goes to waste.  Waste No Food is a registered non-profit organization that provides a web-based “marketplace” allowing excess food to be donated to the food service industry to qualified charities.

The program currently makes donations three times per week to the St. Anthony Foundation and Glide Memorial.  The frequency of donations may be expanded based on the strong initial showing.

The Airport is currently only accepting pre-packaged food for the donation program.  Food donated under the program must be pre-packaged with a “use by” date, and must be delivered to one of the Airport donation sites a minimum of three days before the “use by” date.


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SFO Traffic Growth Fuels Local Economies

Economic impact report shows Airport created over 42,000 direct jobs, $8.4B in business activity

SFO released an economic impact report, summarizing the contribution that the Airport makes to local economies.  SFO is now in seventh year of sustained passenger traffic growth, with resulting gains in employment, income, business activity, and visitor spending.  The report, which summarizes economic impact for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year, included the following highlights:

  • SFO directly accounted for more than $8.4 billion in business activity in the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year, and more than 42,800 jobs.  This represents a significant increase over the previous report, which covered the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year and noted $7.9 billion in business activity and 39,400 direct jobs.
  • Off-site business activities that depend directly on local air service for staff movements, cargo deliveries, or visitor spending collectively raise the direct airport economic contribution to the Bay Area to $35.7 billion in business sales with approximately 165,000 jobs, up from previous figures of  $34.6 billion and 158,400 jobs respectively in the last study.
  • The indirect and direct spin-off activities associated with suppliers of goods and services to directly affected businesses, and the re-spending of additional worker income on consumer goods and services, raises the total regional economic impact to over $62.5 billion in business sales, including $20.9 billion in total payroll and over 300,300 jobs.

“The continued passenger growth at SFO benefits our entire region by fueling job creation and generating business revenue,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee.  “This is the latest validation that our great airport helps power local economies.”

SFO continues to set records for passenger traffic.  In the calendar year 2015, the Airport reached 50 million annual passengers for the first time in its history, only to break the record again in 2016 with 53.1 million passengers.  Fiscal year 2016-2017 traffic levels established another new high mark, at 53.9 million, and calendar year 2017 results are expected to exceed this level.

For more information on the SFO Economic Impact Report, visit Airport Economic Impact.


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