We love the San Francisco Bay Area. You love the San Francisco Bay Area. Which is why it’s so hard to see what’s happening here right now. Restaurant workers are being laid off, healthcare professionals are battling on the frontlines, and people who need a hot meal are having a hard time getting one.
But you should also know about all the amazing ways that local restaurants are supporting people in need right now, and how you can support them as well. Chefs and restaurant teams are delivering pizzas to hospitals and seniors, providing free lunches for school kids and first responders, and making to-go kits with things like smoked meat, toothbrushes, and baby food for those who have been laid off or furloughed.
We’ll be using this guide to highlight restaurant initiatives in the Bay Area that are giving back to the local community. And we’ll be updating the list as we learn about more. For additional resources, information, and Infatuation-hosted fundraising projects visit our page here.
Along with happy hour kits and booze, Credo is donating meals (and matching donations) to SF’s Compass Family Services shelter. You can add a $10 donated meal to your order here.
The restaurant is supporting the Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Funds by contributing 5% of every takeout and delivery order.
The Liberties Bar
The Mission bar is delivering “Service Meals” to those currently impacted. You can contribute to their cause by donating through their website.
Kiss My Seoul
The SoMa catering company is raising funds here to deliver warm meals to seniors, healthcare workers, and families throughout the Bay Area.
The mini SF coffee chain has partnered with Third Culture Bakery and Jade Leaf Matcha to deliver fresh coffee, mochi muffins, donuts, and matcha shots to healthcare professionals, first responders, and firefighters. Order here.
The Filipino restaurant is raising money on their website to provide meals to impacted members of the community.
The pizza spot is partnering with Bi-Rite for Pay It Forward Tuesdays, and will offer free meals to healthcare workers and those severely impacted. Meals are available at their Polk and Clement locations. Show a paystub or badge to receive a meal.
Ace Wasabi is delivering donated meals to local responders. You can donate a take-out box on their website.
The Mission spot is raising money to deliver meals to support healthcare workers, low-income families, and seniors. You can donate via Venmo here
Aziza has partnered with SF New Deal to provide 200 meals a day to sheltered and vulnerable members of the community in San Francisco.
Le Marais is making bi-weekly pastry, granola, and coffee deliveries to hospitals and healthcare workers throughout San Francisco. Funds raised through GoFundMe will directly support the continuation of these deliveries.
All of The Melt’s San Francisco locations are offering free meals to-go (up to $15) for all medical staff and first responders working on the frontlines. Check their Instagram for more details.
When you order online at any of The Mixt’s San Francisco and Oakland locations, you’re given the option to “Help Feed 3 Healthcare Workers” for $45 or “Help Feed Someone a Healthy Meal” for $15. Meals are delivered to healthcare workers and those affected.
Escape from New York Pizza
Online donations (you can donate here) go directly to pizza delivery to healthcare workers in San Francisco.
Donate $15 to Johnny Doughnuts on their website, and they’ll bring donuts and coffee to San Francisco and Marin County healthcare workers.
Early Bird Tacos
Early Bird Tacos and Equator Coffee are raising money to send 250 breakfast tacos a day to hospitals, schools, senior centers, and other community organizations.
Gilman Brewing Company
The Berkeley-based brewing company has partnered with Green Leaf Bay Area to deliver produce and pantry staples to local families in need throughout Berkeley and Daly City. Community members are encouraged to nominate a family or person who is currently experiencing difficulty getting groceries (email firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also donate here.
The Oakland-based catering company is delivering Love Boxes to families in need living in Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Each box is $30 and comes with groceries and three family meals.
The San Leandro coffee shop is delivering coffee carafes and assorted fruits and pastries to local hospitals. You can donate here.
Belotti Ristorante E Bottega
The Taiwanese restaurant in Uptown Oakland is providing 20-30 free meals to frontline healthcare workers every Wednesday. Check their Instagram for the latest updates.
The pizza spot is offering free slices to healthcare works (just show your badge) at their Albany and Concord locations.
Alamar Kitchen & Bar
Alamar has created a “Restaurant Workers Relief Program” and will be providing free meals (curbside pick-up) to industry members in need from Wednesday to Sunday, 4-6pm. 250-300 meals will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis (those looking to receive a meal must show identifying paperwork to prove recent employment at a restaurant). If you’d like to donate to the initiative, send a message on their Instagram.
Payment platform company Marqueta has partnered with Brown Sugar Kitchen to provide meals to nonprofits supporting homeless communities, foster youth, and low-income families.
The Oakland-based birria taco and torta truck - which has been parked in Jack London and Richmond - is covering the cost of anyone who can’t afford a meal. Check out their Instagram for current location.
Horn BBQ’s philanthropic effort, Horn Initiative, is offering free meals for government workers, restaurant workers, families, and children within the community. Check out their Instagram for the latest updates.
This Ethiopian spot in Berkeley is offering 25% off takeout orders for all healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers. Call 510-430-2717 to order for pick-up between 5-8pm, Monday through Saturday.
Berkeley’s Pasta Bene is offering 20% off all orders (including catering) for healthcare workers. Pasta specials are also available for lunch and dinner. You can call 510-845-2363 or go online to order.
Revival Bar + Kitchen
Revival is offering a “Double Helping Hands” special - it’s Tex-Mex lasagna that serves four, and $2 from each sale will go towards the Dorothy Day Shelter’s Feed The Homeless program. You can order here for takeout or delivery.
Spin A Yarn Restaurant
The Fremont steakhouse is raising funds to provide free meals to local healthcare workers through May 31. Check out their GoFundMe for the latest updates.
The Walnut Creek-based restaurant is delivering fresh, healthy meals to first responders, health care professionals, and those working on the frontlines. Donations will go to Kaiser Hospitals, John Muir Walnut Creek, Highland Hospital Oakland, Martinez County Hospital, Walnut Creek PD & FD, and more. Head here to donate.
The Filipino fast-food chain has partnered with Chow King and Red Ribbon to deliver meals to healthcare workers on the frontline. Jollibee is also accepting your personal messages of appreciation and encouragement, which will get delivered along with the meals. Check out their Instagram for the latest updates.
Starbird is matching every $10 meal donation with an additional meal, and will be delivering to O’Connor Hospital, San Mateo Medical Center, El Camino Health Sunnyvale, and Zuckerberg SF General. You can donate here.
Jing Jing Chinese Restaurant
This Chinese restaurant in Palo Alto is delivering Love and Support packages to healthcare professionals, seniors, and those impacted. You can donate to their cause by ordering online.
This Palo Alto noodle restaurant is taking $12 donations that will go towards delivering meals to local healthcare workers. Donate here.
Tuba Mediterranean Palo Alto
This Mediterranean restaurant in Palo Alto is offering free lunches for those experiencing financial difficulties on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11am-2pm . Head to their Instagram for the latest updates.
The Palo Alto restaurant is raising money to deliver free dinners to those working on the frontlines at Stanford Hospital. You can donate and support the effort here.
The San Mateo restaurant is delivering “relief boxes” to hospitals and shelters throughout the Bay Area. You can purchase a meal box here
Flea Street Cafe
The Menlo Park restaurant has co-founded Meals of Gratitude, an organization providing meals to those working on the frontline.
This Italian restaurant in Redwood City is working with Waste No Food to donate meals to healthcare workers at local hospitals.
The Caribbean restaurant and pop-up is offering free meals to service workers and members of the community who have been severely impacted. Red’s is also accepting donations to support the effort.
Offering an “Adopt a Doc” catering program for healthcare workers at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. Email your order to email@example.com or text Rocco at 347-633-7132. Lunch and dinner catering menu and details are available here. You can also designate which department you’d like meals delivered.
Kali Greek Kitchen
This Palo Alto restaurant is delivering meals to Stanford hospital medical workers. You can donate here.
The Palo Alto restaurant is donating meals at 2pm every day to those most impacted. More information is available here.
The restaurant is raising money to deliver meals to those working at the Covid Screening Urgent Care at Santa Clara Valley Medical in San Jose. More information is available here.
The Healdsburg restaurant has partnered with the non-profit organization Sonoma Family Meal to produce 200 meals a day for families in need, including seniors, hospitality and agricultural industry workers. You can donate to the fund here.
Donate online to help Heritage Eats deliver meals to first responders and healthcare workers in the area.
The Mexican restaurant in Napa (they also have locations in Emeryville and San Ramon) is delivering daily “Power Thru Bowls” to the healthcare staff at the Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. You can donate here.
La Toque Restaurant
The Napa restaurant has been providing daily warm lunches to those at the South Napa Homeless Shelter. Head here to donate.
Go Fish Poke Bar
The wraps and salad spot is offering free meals to first responders and medical workers (through April 30), and is donating meals to hospitals, police and fire stations, and post offices in the South Bay and Marin County. Check their Instagram for the latest updates.
Left Bank Brasserie
The San Jose restaurant has partnered with LB Steak, Meso, and Clos LaChance Vineyards to provide 75 meals every Monday to the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara.
Pho Hà Noi
The Vietnamese restaurant in Cupertino is currently providing meals to Kaiser Santa Clara, El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, O’Connor Hospital, and Valley Health Center and Regional.