Vegan Super Bowl For A Good Cause
Via – Amy Farah Weiss, Founder of the Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge:
San Francisco, CA – On February 7th, Carlos Muela, owner of SoMa StrEat Food Park (428 11th Street) and Amy Farah Weiss, Founder of the Saint FrancisHomelessness Challenge, are co-hosting a Super Bowl 50 Party with a charitable twist. In addition to celebrating the big game with its second annual all vegan Super Bowl event, the food truck park is creating space to provide services to the neighborhood’s unhoused residents and build bridges between San Francisco’s housed and unhoused neighbors. This is the second pop-up event for the Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge, which officially launched their first showcase event on January 2nd with over 250 participants (90 unhoused and 160 housed) at SOMArts.
The Super Bowl Sunday event will run from 11am until the game ends and is free to the public. Some of the Bay Areas best vegan vendors will be serving up healthy and creative takes on delicious tailgating food and the bar will have vegan beer and mimosas. There will be a vegan “chicken wing” eating contest and Super Bowl 50 will be playing live on 10 big screen TVs.
Services for unhoused neighbors on Super Bowl Sunday at SoMa StrEat Food Park include an additional Port-a-Potty (11am-6pm), Stuff check (11am-6pm), Free vegan hot dogs and food (Noon-6pm), Free acupuncture (1-3pm), Free socks, Super Bowl viewing, and a limited amount of $25HandUp cards for participation in activities. The Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge and Let’s Get Street Smart will team up for a Super Bowl pre-show from 2-3PM to screen videos and share information about innovative programs to address the needs of unhoused neighbors in SF. RSVP here.
San Francisco residents who want to support their unhoused neighbors through the Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge can:
- Test their knowledge about homelessness in SF via an online quiz:SaintFrancisChallenge.com
- Sign up to volunteerfor a 3-hour shift of grilling, greeting, and/or outreach at the Super Bowl Sunday event
- Bring a package of warm athletic socks to donate at the Super Bowl event
This charitable angle on a normally corporate day arose when both organizations met to acknowledge the growing encampments outside of the park. According to recent updates from the Coalition on Homelessness, over 100 tents line Division Street near the food park on any given day in Western SoMa and citations for the unhoused are on the rise prior to the Super Bowl. 311 data regarding human feces on the streets and sidewalks – visualized online by Jennifer Wong’s Human Wasteland project – indicates that Western SoMa has one of the highest needs for additional toilet services. Instead of merely critiquing the troubling rise of homelessness in San Francisco, this initiative challenges neighbors, business owners, and city government to take necessary and innovative action in 2016 in support of secure sleep, hygienic toileting, and services for the thousands of unhoused neighbors who live in a daily state of crisis on our streets.
The Homelessness Challenge is named after Francis of Assisi, the namesake of San Francisco, who once said: “Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Weiss notes, “It is not only necessary and possible for San Francisco to provide increased access to secure sleep, hygienic toileting, and healing and transitional services for our homeless population – it is also more cost-effective than the status quo of criminalizing homelessness.”