Support Sonoma County's Emergency Food Network

Connecting Sonoma, Supporting Farmers and Restaurants

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Connecting Sonoma, Supporting Farmers and Restaurants

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Working with our food network of hundreds of restaurants, farms, and food producers in Sonoma County, Sonoma Family Meal is Wine Country's Emergency Chef Network, serving thousands of meals to seniors and food-insecure families each week.

Since March 2020, we have prepared nearly 200,000 meals and paid local restaurant partners $1.3 million to create nourishing, restaurant-quality meals for those most in need.

PO BOX 14522, SANTA ROSA, CA 95402

Instead of our usual model of gathering hundreds of chefs and volunteers to cook together, this social-distancing model is a win-win for local businesses and those in need. Working with trusted non-profit partners like Council on Aging, La Luz, Corazon, Vintage House and many others get professionally made restaurant-quality meals for their clients.

Sonoma Family Meal’s fundraising efforts have resulted in significant grants from Sonoma County, The John Jordan Foundation, United Way of the Wine Country and other private donors.

Restaurants are paid $8.50 per meal by SFM, which allows them to employ a small staff and continue operations. supporting more than 20 restaurant partners in 2020 and employing nearly 100 staff. 

“These meals mean that our staff will have hours and normalcy in their lives right now,” said Amber Balshaw of Preferred Sonoma Catering who provides daily meals for Catholic Charities, Council on Aging, SAY and others.

Coronavirus has already taken a huge toll on thousands of Sonoma County's most vulnerable residents. Whether they're seniors in isolation, workers suddenly without a paycheck, undocumented workers or just your next-door neighbor, there are hungry people in our community that need food right now.

Not tomorrow. Or the next day. Now.

Over the last three years, Sonoma Family Meal served more than 450,000 chef-made meals to Sonoma County disaster survivors.

xoxo Heather Irwin/Founder and CEO