Victory! San Francisco Approves Nun Soup Kitchen.
Yesterday, the San Francisco Planning Commission voted unanimously to allow the Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame to move their soup kitchen to a new location after rent increases forced them to move. Nearly 20,000 people signed a Change.org petition started by the Friends of the Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame, urging the city to quickly approve the Sisters’ plan to relocate to their new site in the city’s Mission District next to a homeless services center.
In addition to the thousands of petition signers, the campaign received a boost from notable supporters like Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and self-help guru Tony Robbins, who both shared the petition on Twitter:
Let's sign This Petition for the SF Planning Commission: Support to Support The Sisters' Soup Kitchen https://t.co/gaUNAB9DZf
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) January 8, 2017
Join me in signing this petition to support a group of Nuns that need approval to open their soup kitchen in SF,CA. https://t.co/dP7KJeb7pu
— Tony Robbins (@TonyRobbins) December 22, 2016
For the sisters behind the soup kitchen project, this marked the end of a 10-month legal battle following eviction from their original location after their rent was raised by more than 50%. Sister Mary Benedicte, one of two nuns who started the soup kitchen in 2008, explained the impact they have on the community:
“We don’t just feed homeless people — we feed anyone who has a need for food so they can afford to pay rent at the end of the month, too.”
The Sisters’ new kitchen is likely to have a big impact on helping people in need. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “the city’s Food Security Task Force has determined that 31 percent of the people living in the neighborhood “are at risk for food insecurity,” and that city policy encourages support for human service providers in the area.”
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