NBA finals spur challenge between Bay Area, Cleveland charity groups 

The rivalry between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is heating up, both on the court and in the kitchen.

When the Cleveland chapter of Hash Tag Lunch Bag, a national crusade to end hunger in local communities and draw awareness to the issue on social media,

challenged its Bay Area counterpart to make the most lunches in a single sitting amid the NBA finals, organizers jumped at the chance to score more points.

The San Francisco chapter is inviting volunteers to make lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Temple Nightclub, at 540 Howard St. Members of the NFL alumni association are among the 300 supporters expected to attend in anticipation of making some 3,000 lunches, said Rebecca Cahua, who runs the San Francisco chapter.

“We just have to beat them,” Cahua said of Cleveland’s organization.

The Hash Tag Lunch Bag effort started in Los Angeles two years ago. It has since gone viral throughout the U.S., including a branch in San Francisco that began making lunches in November 2013. The movement incorporates volunteer work and social media to help spread the word to potential volunteers and donors.

The San Francisco chapter meets on the fourth Saturday of every month to make lunches, which are typically then handed out on the street. The Warriors have previously joined the San Francisco chapter at an event last November, Cahua said. Lunches from Sunday’s challenge will be distributed to local shelters.

All ages are welcome to participate. A $10 donation is suggested.

To contact organizers, email HashTagLunchBagSF@gmail.com or call (650) 921-5161.

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