The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, one of the Bay Area’s most prominent hunger relief nonprofits, was thrust into the spotlight this year, as long lines formed at food pantries and the need for food swelled. But behind the scenes, there’s been a yearlong battle going on after workers voted to unionize — something they finalized just recently. After simmering discontent about institutional racism and lack of worker protections, the food bank and its staff have agreed on a new contract.
With Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 29, employees now have more job protections, guaranteed raises and better benefits, which they hope will make the food bank feel like a more equitable place to work as they continue to feed 60,000 households weekly.
“After the firemen, police and other first responders during a crisis, food bankers come in and make sure the community is being fed,” said Abel Murillo,