Community Corner: October

Our October recap on the Bi-Rite Family’s work to build community through food and service.

We sponsored CUESA's Sunday Supper so our catering manager Michael and his lovely wife Lisa enjoyed our two spots at the table!


  • A quick survey found that our staff volunteers at over 40 different organizations across the Bay Area – nice work everyone! Favorite causes included the arts, youth, sustainable food, LGBT rights, recreation, and helping animals in need.
  • We hosted a group of Mission High Pie Ranch Interns looking to learn the “inside scoop” on running a food business; they’re now interested in working with us more at 18 Reasons. A BIG shout out to Anne, Tammie, Simon, Alli, Michael, Sergio, Olivia and Kiko for your warmth, wisdom and awesome answers!
  • We strengthened our work with Southeast Food Access with a visit to Naif, a corner store owner in the Bayview. Simon provided info and resources on maintaining and merchandising fresh produce.
  • We supported People’s Community Market, an initiative working to bring the 1st full-service grocery store to West Oakland. Sam will speak at their kick-off campaign event on Thurs, October 25th from 7– 9pm.
  • We provided a donation to North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association for their annual Halloween Festival, creating a safe and fun space for costumed kiddies in the Western Addition.
  • We sponsored CUESA’s 2012 Sunday Supper, raising funds to develop their Schoolyard to Market program.
  • We hosted a GMO Primer October 20th at Oliveto restaurant, discussing GMOs on their effects on our health, crop-diversity, cultural heritage, and the environment.
  • We’re supporting organizations loved by our staff, including Oasis for Girls, LYRIC and Streetside Stories (thank you Charlie, Steffan and Chris!).

Get Involved with Organizations We Support:

  • YUMChefs needs your help teaching healthy cooking classes to kids at famer’s markets and after-school programs. Email Leah Brooks ( to sign up!
  • Arriba Juntos needs volunteers for their “La Posada” Christmas Toy Giveaway. Help give more than 1,000 toys to kids in the Mission this holiday season by calling G Gomez at 415-487-3243.

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

Organizations we’ve donated to this month:

Mission Preparatory School
Bay Area Video Coalition
Dolores Street Community Services
Arab Cultural and Community Center
Farms Reach
Lamplighters Music Theatre
Neighborhood Playgarden
Thomas Edison Charter Academy
Mission SRO Collaborative
Monroe Elementary
St. Paul’s Parish & School
Positive Resource Center
Media Center at Mission High School
Glenridge Coop Nursery School
Homeownership SF
Women’s Audio Mission
People’s Grocery
San Francisco NAACP
The Marsh
Mission High School Athletics
People’s Community Market
Access Institute

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