During the holiday season, families in need depend on food banks to put meals on the table for their loved ones, but professional "food bank crashers" are taking advantage of the free food for profit, reports David Huang for the Sing Tao Daily.
Some people collect food from different locations and then make money by selling the donated food items.

According to the Sing Tao Daily, in low-income neighborhoods such as Visitacion Valley and the Bayview, Chinese people make up two-thirds of the food lines, and many of them are visiting multiple food banks on the same day. One woman interviewed, an in-home child care provider, drives around the city every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to pick up free food from different locations, and piles the food in her SUV. She said this is the only way she can operate her child care business at a low cost.

Another Chinese senior told the Sing Tao she hasn't spent any money on food in the last five years because she has been hitting almost every food distribution station in the city on a daily basis.

She said she sometimes exchanges food with others or gives food away if she can't finish it.

San Francisco Food Bank outreach manager Liang Huiling told the Sing Tao they have noticed the problem and have started a registration system in which food recipients need to provide proof of identity and address before getting food.