Please help us help them
Please help us help them
SFM is working with Single Thread, Gerard's Paella, Mateo's Cocina Latina and an increasing number of restaurants and farmers (FEED SONOMA)in Sonoma County to get nourishing CHEF-MADE MEALS to seniors and families.
IF you can't dine in, don't want to take out or get delivery and just don't know what to do...please consider even a small donation to this DIRECT/LOCAL project. We will continue to announce new partnerships.
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 200,000 chef-made meals to Sonoma County disaster survivors. And we're at it again.
As of 3/19/20 SFM is donating $10,000 of grocery gift cards to local agencies serving the most vulnerable populations. We are partnering with Single Thread Restaurant to serve hundreds of meals in the early weeks of this emergency, we're firing up the soup pot, and will continue to find new ways to feed Sonomans as the coronavirus continues to be both an economic and human crisis.
We plan to open our kitchen to a skeleton crew next week.
What we need now is money to continue to help. So donate already. Need more incentive? Read on...
Good question. Sonoma Family Meal is a VOLUNTEER-run organization with few overhead costs. We don't pay a CEO or a volunteer coordinator or any of that. We pay one female chef to lead our operations.
Your money is paying for ingredients, our farmers, to gift cards for local grocers, food packaging, fixing our oven and the like. We're so scrappy it hurts.
We don't make people fill out forms. We work with local non-profits who know their clients to make sure the food gets to the right people. Forms are irritating in the best of times.
We don't get lots of big corporate donations or grants. Mostly we get amazing $25 or $100 donations from the community. Not that there's anything wrong with being big. We just like being little.
Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we were able to pay nearly $14,000 to local farmers, processed 4 tons of food and created more than 8,000 chef-made meals for evacuees and first responders during the Kincade Fire. Our work continued for more than a month after the fire, with "Fill Your Fridge" events.
During the Tubbs wildfire we served more than 100,00 meals over three weeks without a cent to our name -- just the kindness of the restaurant community.
I think we made a pretty good case for ourselves? Right? Okay, then donate. I got a non-profit to run.
xoxo Heather Irwin/Founder and CEO