The Lighthouse Project

Shining our light on those in need


What is this project about?

Lighthouses help to navigate through rough waters and offer guidance and safety. We aspire to do the same with our Lighthouse Project. This project caters to those who are financially struggling. We strive to help by providing access to basic necessities: food, toiletries, and clothing. 

Why this project?

Because transgender people experience high rates of discrimination, it is no surprise that 29% of our community are living in poverty compared to 14% of the general U.S. population. That notwithstanding, we also face the expenses of transitional healthcare and surgeries as well as legal fees that can have a significant financial impact. This is a way we hope we can help. 

how does this project work?

It's simple. If you are in need of basic necessities, we will have a limited supply available at every meet-up and event upon request. We also offer one personal delivery bimonthy for care packages on a first come first serve basis. At no cost to you. Because of our limited people power, we currently only serve those in the Bay Area. For personally delivered care packages, apply here

What's included in our care packages? 

The care packages we offer for delivery have options for basic food, a fast food gift card, and/or toiletries. The basic food we offer consist of non-perishable items. Our toiletries are basic general hygiene essentials. To find out more about specifics, read more here.  We offer fast food gift cards because they're accepted in most areas like McDonalds and Burger King. 



Need immediate access to basic necessities?

We offer one hand delivered care package bimonthy on a first come, first served basis. 



Free Meal Resources


San Francisco

330 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 674-6000
Breakfast: Daily, 8am-9am (seniors’ breakfast 7:30am-8am; women’s breakfast 10:30am-11am)
Lunch: Daily, noon-1:30pm (bagged lunches on Sat, Sun)
Dinner: Mon-Fri, 4pm-5:30pm

S.F. Rescue Mission
140 Turk St. San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 292-1770
Breakfast: Mon-Fri, opens at 10:30am
Dinner: Mon-Fri, doors open at 4pm

San Francisco Free Eats Chart: January - March 2018

Martin de Porres House of Hospitality
225 Potrero Ave. San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 552-0240
Breakfast: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 5:30am-7:30am (hot tea, bread available at 5:30am; oatmeal served at 6:30am)
Lunch: Tues-Sat, noon-2pm
Brunch: Sun, 9am-10:30am

St. Anthony’s
121 Golden Gate Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 241-2600
Hours: Daily, 10am-11:45am for seniors and families with children; daily, 11:30am-1:30pm for everyone



East Bay

722 Washington St. Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 452-3758
Breakfast: Daily, 7am
Lunch: Daily, noon
Dinner: Daily, 6:30pm

Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County
There are five LFCC-operated dining rooms, and one partner dining room. Check the website for all locations.
Phone: (925) 293-4792
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-12:45pm

Food Not Bombs
Phone: (510) 644-4187
Hours: Meals served Mon-Fri, 3pm, at People’s Park

Cooked at local residents’ houses, meals are typically served at the park in Berkeley, or in Oakland on the weekends. Schedule can vary. Call for more info.

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
9235 San Leandro St. Oakland, CA 94603
Phone: (510) 638-7600
Hours: Tues-Sat, 10:45am-12:45pm


North Bay

Committee on the Shelterless – Petaluma Kitchen
900 Hopper St. Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: (707) 765-6530
Hours: Daily, 11:30am-1pm

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County
820 B St. San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: (415) 454-3303
Breakfast: Daily, 6:30am-10am
Lunch: Daily, 11am-1pm

St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma County
610 Wilson St. Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Phone: (707) 584-1579
Hours: Daily, 11:30am-12:30pm


South Bay

1174 Old Bayshore Hwy. San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 288-2153
Breakfast: Daily, 6am
Dinner: Daily, 5pm

North Peninsula Food Pantry and Dining Center of Daly City
31 Bepler St. Daly City, CA 94014
Phone: (650) 994-5150
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, 5pm-6pm (or until all food is distributed)

Eastside Neighborhood Center
2150 Alum Rock Ave. San Jose, CA 95116
Phone: (408) 251-0215
Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:15am-12:15pm
Dinner: Mon-Fri, 4pm

Samaritan House
303 Tilton Ave. San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: (650) 341-4081 x.2003
Hours: Mon-Fri, 4:30pm-5:30pm



Want to help The Lighthouse Project?

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You can donate to help us provide more care packages to those in need. Or you can donate actual items.  If you're interested in donating actual items,  find out more about what we accept on our FAQ page and complete the form below. We appreciate any contribution, big or small. 

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