Critical Assistance

Volunteer working in food bank

Supporting Bay Area neighbors in need

The Haas, Jr. Fund supports organizations that help very low-income families and individuals facing problems meeting basic needs.

The Haas, Jr. Fund supports organizations that provide direct services to those in our community who are struggling right now. 

A roof over one’s head.  Food on the table. These necessities can’t be taken for granted—and it often doesn’t take much to put them out of arm’s reach. Illness, unemployment and unforeseen crises can prevent many people in the Bay Area from meeting basic daily needs.

A Step Up

The Fund’s Critical Assistance grants help support organizations in the Bay Area that provide emergency food and shelter to those in need. These organizations and programs help thousands of families get through difficult times that could happen to any of us. The Fund has provided nearly $18 million in Critical Assistance grants to support these efforts.

A Helping Hand

Long-time grantees like the Alameda County Community Food Bank and the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank, who have been our partners for more than a quarter of a century, help fight hunger by distributing food to families and individuals in need. Organizations such as Raphael House, a family shelter in the Tenderloin, help children and their families move from homelessness to stability. Project Open Hand runs food pantries and delivers meals and groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. These organizations work, with love and respect, to help lift people out of crises.