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Stories of Hope: Bags of Hope

Post Date:06/11/2020 10:30 AM

San José Family and Food Angels Feed Neighbors

Marilu and Tom Sisto started “Bags of Hope” to distribute free groceries to neighbors affected by COVID-19. The Almaden Valley couple provides food and supplies to seniors and families who are struggling financially or have health concerns.

Marilu filling bag

Marilu posts an updated pantry list every morning on neighborhood social networking site Nextdoor, and people select items and schedule a delivery or pickup. Marilu and Tom prepare food bags with donations from neighbors and distribute them to those in need. They wear masks and take other safety precautions when preparing and delivering the bags.

The program has grown because of generous donations from 33 “food angels.” Since April, they have helped about 250 families and filled more than 750 bags of food.

“We are so grateful to our food angels who have gone out of their way to help people with heartbreaking stories who simply wanted to feed their families,” said Marilu.

Marilu and Tom 2

The City of San José is featuring Marilu and Tom in "Stories of Hope," a series of videos highlighting acts of kindness and creativity by members of our community during COVID-19. The video is available on the City’s YouTube account.

If you have an inspiring or hopeful story you’d like the City to share, please send an email to

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