SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Mayor London Breed announced on Friday that San Francisco has used $ 1.65 million from the city’s soda tax revenue to help individuals and families in need of financial setbacks due to the COVID-19 Outbreak have difficulty buying groceries.

The announcement was accompanied by Shamann Walton, Supervisor of San Francisco and Malia Cohen, Chair of the California State Board of Equalization.

“COVID-19 has made access to food a real challenge for some of our most vulnerable communities, whether it be due to lost income, longer queues in shops, closings of dining rooms or other disruptions to normal routines,” Breed said in a release. “This funding will support programs and community organizations that work hard day in and day out to feed the Franciscans.”

Use of the soda tax funding began in early May and is used by the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market to buy products and shelf stable groceries for community groups that distribute meals to their members, including the Bayview Senior Center and the San Francisco African American Faith Based, among others Coalition.

“As we struggle to feed families and fight hunger during this pandemic, we are delighted to have funds available from the sugary beverage tax, which has always been designed to fill the gaps in our most vulnerable communities close and make sure people are having healthy meals, ”Walton said.

The funds will also support efforts by the San Francisco Unified School District to continue providing meals to students.

“We know that food insecurity contributes to poor health outcomes,” said Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of Health. “This funding cannot come at a better time to help reduce the risk of hunger and help select healthy food for our neediest communities in San Francisco at these unprecedented times.”