Several local restaurants are donating meals to people in need, health care workers and first responders during the coronavirus shutdown. Below is information about their efforts.
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(Some local restaurants staying open for takeout and delivery have also committed to donating all or a portion of sales to support their staff. For more, view this interactive map, which we’re continuing to update.)
Taverna in Palo Alto is accepting donations to provide free meals to people in need, “no questions asked.”
Fundraiser for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
Several Bay Area food businesses, including Noodles & Things in San Mateo and Millbrae, have partnered to raise money for the Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, which provides food to a quarter of a million people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties every month.
“As the crisis continues, we expect to see an increase in need as businesses are shutting down and community members are losing their jobs, forcing them to deplete their savings while still providing for their family,” the organizers wrote.
A $1 donation translates into enough food for two meals, they said.
Anton SV Pâtisserie will match every donation up to $2,000.
How to help: To donate, go to facebook.com/fundraiser.
Taverna, Palo Alto
Palo Alto Greek restaurant Taverna is accepting donations to provide free meals to people in need.
“We hope to serve anyone in need of a meal … no questions asked,” said co-owner Thanasis Pashalidis.
Pashalidis is also woking to partner with the Ravenswood Education Foundation, which supports families in the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, and local charities.
The effort is also helping Taverna keep its staff employed at a time of crisis for the restaurant industry.
“Our community and our industry is an ecosystem. Bringing things full circle, these funds will allow us to employ our valued workforce, provide meals to our community and continue the supply chain with our vendors,” Pashalidis said.
The meals include a half Greek roasted chicken, lemon oregano potatoes, tzatziki, homemade pita, salad, steamed local greens and rice pudding.
How to help: Call 650-304-3840 to request a meal for yourself or others in need. To donate, call the same number and mention the “Taverna Family Meal fund.”
Tootsie’s at the Stanford Barn, Palo Alto
Tootsie’s owner Rocco Scordella launched an “adopt a doctor and a nurse” menu to allow people to donate meals to staff at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. People can choose a specific department to send the food to and if not, the hospital will determine where it’s most needed.
As of Sunday, March 22, Tootsie’s had received donations for nearly 2,000 meals.
How to help: Email your order at email@example.com or text Scordella at 347-633-7132.
Tuba, Palo Alto
Tuba in downtown Palo Alto (535 Bryant St.) is offering free meals, no questions asked, to anyone in need on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal comes with chicken, rice, hummus and pita.
Wursthall, San Mateo
Kenji Lopez-Alt of Wursthall in San Mateo is raising money to deliver free meals to people in need, health care workers and first responders.
He’s also planning to offer local meal kits, which he’ll prepare and deliver personally. 100% of profits will go towards making extra meal kits for Wursthall employees with children who are currently out of school as well as those in need in the greater local community.
Lopez-Alt has been delivering meals to various organizations this week, including Samaritan House San Mateo, Oakland Fire Training Center and San Francisco General emergency room.
He also plans to share the recipes for these meals. (A recent one came with deviled egg salad sandwiches on Japanese shokupan, roasted broccoli with pumpkin seed vinaigrette and Austrian-style potato salad.)
How to help: To donate: go to patreon.com/kenjilopezalt. If you purchase any of his books, including his well-known “The Food Lab” or his new children’s book, 100% of the sales commission will go to support the free meals.