A community-involved San Francisco finance professional, Curt Sigfstead served on the board of the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, a nonprofit that coordinates charitable activities with 450 partner groups in the region. Curt Sigfstead offered focused assistance as a member of the Finance & Governance and Development committees. In addition to providing daily meals to the needy, the organization organizes major annual giving events such as the Thanksgiving meal.
In 2013, the Food Banks facilitated distribution of nearly 150,000 pounds of Thanksgiving food through a network of more than three dozen food pantries. This volume represented an increase of nearly 15 percent from the year before, with approximately 4,000 households in Marin County alone benefitting. Holiday deliveries consisted of frozen chickens and seasonal vegetables, beans, rice, and dessert. At the same time, large-scale lunchtime meals of turkey and trimmings were prepared at dining rooms such as St. Vincent de Paul. Thanks to the sustained contributions of food and money throughout the holiday season, the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks were able to fulfill their core mission of preventing hunger.