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“We all know when you're hungry, you know, really nothing else matter”- George Gundry
In this episode our featured voices are George Gundry, the Director of the Free Meals Program, Program and Kenneth Kim, Senior Director of Programs of GLIDE.
With all of the death and economic destruction that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought down upon our community one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods is the Tenderloin.
The Tenderloin neighborhood is still one of the few affordable neighborhoods left that new immigrant families can afford to live in which has helped the neighborhood to be one of the most diverse. The Tenderloin is home to over 3,500 kids and 30 languages. It is also one of the poorer neighborhoods with a median family income of around $31,000 which is less than half of the citywide average of $78,000. Over 30% of households have incomes less than $15,000 thus around 30% of the residents live in poverty. The Tenderloin has a history of high crime, particularly violent street crime such as robbery and aggravated assault, an un-controlled open drug market, and thousands of un-housed community members struggling to stay alive during the Pandemic.
Within the context of the Tenderloin neighborhood, our featured voices from the Glide family George Gundry, the Director of the Free Meals Program, and Kenneth Kim the Senior Director of Programs share with you the passion, understanding, and helping hand that are part of the legacy of Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani’s mission of “creating a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization”