Community Corner: December

Updates on our work to build community through food and service last month

Shak moving thousands of lbs of produce from Tomatero Farm to Community Partners United

Highlights:  December was all about depth with key community partners:

  • In our first 18th St. Holiday Joy Drive, we collected 172 toys in four days! This means 172 families will had a happier holiday courtesy of Arriba Juntos, our guests and amazing staff. You all rock!
  • We helped Community Partners United feed 250 families living in housing projects in the Western Addition. With Matt, Simon, and Chili’s help, we provided 250 free range turkeys, 500 bunches of cooking greens, and over 1,100 lbs. of fresh produce – cranberries, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots and satsumas!
  • Through proceeds of our EAT GOOD FOOD book sales, we were able to provide Nextcourse and Community Alliance for Family Farmers (CAFF) with a donation of $8,750  each.
  • The Creamery spread some holiday sweetness by donating 900 sugar and gingerbread cookies to St. Anthony’s Foundation, A Women’s Place shelter and SF General Hospital.
  • We’re becoming a shareholder in People’s Community Market, making sound investment in the nutritional, social and economic needs of the West Oakland community.
  • We continued our yearly holiday giving by supporting the organizations our staff cares about including, LYRIC, Homeless Prenatal Program, Mission Preparatory School, Compass Family Services, Mission Community Market, SF SPCA and 18Reasons!

Get Involved with Organizations We Support:

  • Love digging in the dirt? Garden for the Environment needs volunteers for their demonstration urban garden every Wednesday and Saturday. Just show up ready to work – call (415) 731-5627 for more info.
  • Project Open Hand needs over 100 volunteers every single day to help provide 2,500 nutritious meals and 400 bags of groceries to the needy. Fight the post-holiday slump and sign up for an orientation: (415) 447-2313.

Know of great volunteer opportunities? Spending some quality time at a worthy local organization that could use Bi-Rite’s support? Let Shakirah know!

Who we donated to in December (43 organizations):

18 Reasons


Alameda County Food Bank

Animal Care and Control

Arriba Juntos


Chefs Collaborative

Children’s Book Project

Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Community Partners United (c/o SF Parks Alliance)

Community United Against Violence (CUAV)

Compass Family Services

Cornucopia Institute

Creativity Explored

Curry Senior Center

Garden for the Environment

Health at Home – SFDPH

Homeless Prenatal Program

KPFA Radio

Larkin Street Youth Services


Margaret Jenkins Dance Company

Mercy Housing CA

Mission Community Market (c/o SF Parks Alliance)

Mission Graduates

Mission Preparatory School

National Kidney Foundation

Next Course

Our Family Coalition

People’s Community Market

Project Open Hand

San Francisco Living Wage Coalition

San Francisco Rock Project

Sauvie Island Center

SF Parks Alliance – Urban Sprouts



Shukuru Foundation

Slow Food USA

Southeast Mission Geriatric Services

Streetside Stories

The Daphne Zepos Teaching Award\American Cheese Education Foundation

Three Squares/Cooking Matters




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