Community Corner: January

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

January was all about starting the New Year off right with our community partners:

  • Ben from our produce team is teaching youth wait staff and chefs of Old Skool Café how to grow amazing produce at their community garden in the Bayview. Join the Carrotmob Campaign to help Ben send his mentees to college!

    Old Skool Cafe Youth

    The youthful staff of Old Skool Cafe

  • We sponsored the 2013 Good Food Awards and hosted a prize-filled 18 Reasons booth educating people about Good Food criteria at the GFA Marketplace. Look for Good Food Awards winners and finalists around the Market.
  • We’re helping YUM Chefs provide 9 free cooking classes to low-income girls in the Mission.
  • We sponsored and attended the 2013 EcoFarm Conference, allowing us to connect in person with farmers, produce distributors, retailers, and farm policy makers from around the country.

    ecofarm 2013

    Our EcoFarm Crew

  • We co-sponsored a free screening and wine reception of Soul Food Junkies at the SF Public Library.  Come to our free screening at 18Reasons on February 25th
  • We held 3 job info sessions in the Western Addition to spread the word about positions we’re hiring for at Bi-Rite Divisadero!
  • 18 Reasons is working with NextCourse to teach Mission High youth professional and life readiness skills;  we’ll be placing youth in culinary internships to gain real work experience.
  • We supported Urban Tilth’s MLK Jr. Day Celebration with a donation that fed 300 volunteers.
  • SEFA Food Guardians, who we’ve worked with to provide produce merchandise training, launched a ‘grand reopening’ of a Bayview corner store, complete with new produce racks, increased fruit and vegetable offerings and a new produce manager, Azmi.

    GFA education

    Teaching Good Food Criteria through Trivia!

SEFA Grand Re-Opening

Check out the new produce offerings at Lee’s in the Bayview!

  • Want to make a kid’s day? Register for Girls Night Out or Boys Night Out at the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco’s Columbia Park Clubhouse (around the corner!):

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

Who we donated to in January (27 different organizations!):

Pacific Primary School

Mission High PTSA

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Voice of Witness

One Fifty Parker Avenue School

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF)

Independent Television Service (ITVS)

SF Dept. of Public Health – Child Health and Disability Prevention Program

Performing Arts Workshop

Harvey Milk Photo Center

Pacific Chamber Symphony

Ecological Farming Association

Seedling Projects/Good Food Awards


San Francisco Organizing Project

Wind in the Willows

Quiet Lightning + 826 Valencia

Sanchez Elementary School

18th Hour

YUM Chefs

Alamo Square Neighborhood Association

La Cocina

Z Space

Culinary Careers BGCSF/ 18Reasons

Filmmakers Collaborative

Mission Preparatory School

Urban Tilth



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