Community Corner: September

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

Rosie at the Boys & Girls Club


  • Building on a partnership from last spring, The Boys and Girls Club and 18 Reasons are working together again this fall to deepen skill development for nine youth who demonstrate a strong passion for food. This program gives technical skills and knowledge about the food industry, and teens who excel will continue on in the spring, where they’ll get real life experience working at18 Reasons’ “Soup for Supper” and receive exposure to Bi-Rite’s Management Training program. The hope is to provide free, high-quality programming for local youth from the Mission, Hunters Point, and Visitacion Valley to gain access to the city’s thriving food industry.
  • We continued our support of Pie Ranch by sponsoring their annual fundraiser; 100% of the proceeds go directly to their Farm Apprenticeship Program and youth education and development work.
  • We donated 50% of our raw Wild Salmon Sales for Dine Out for Wild Salmon benefitting the work of SalmonAID to restore wild Pacific salmon populations.
  • We helped a young, aspiring filmmaker reach her goal of finishing her documentary, The Organic Life, chronicling the life and trials of a full-time organic vegetable farmer.
  • We provided baked goods to the SF Parks and Recreation Department to herald the grand opening of the new Mission Playground at Valencia and 19th.
  • We were in full effect at Western Addition Sunday Streets, building on our community commitment to our new ‘hood. Fresh apples and cool prizes were enjoyed by all.
  • We hosted another installment of Kitchen Table Talks at 18 Reasons, examining the role of labor in creating sustainable food systems. Check out the work of the Student/Farmworker Alliance.

Kiko and Denya at Western Addition Sunday Streets

  • Food Runners needs your help in delivering excess food to agencies serving those in need. Only 1 hour per week commitment goes a long way -email Nancy  ( to sign up!
  • San Francisco State is celebrating Campus Sustainability Day on October 24th. Email Caitlin Steele ( to find out how to make SFSU and its surrounding neighborhoods a greener, cleaner place.

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’ve donated to this month (41 different organizations- including 14 news ones!):

Community Living Compaign

San Francisco Public Press

Shanti Project

Pie Ranch

Peter Patrick Madigan Antonini Foundation

National Council of Negro Women, Inc

Golden State Greyhound

Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco

Earth Medicine Alliance

Summer Search

KALW Radio

Portola Family Connections

Sunnyside Elementary School PTA

Coalition on Homelessness

Sonoma Ecology Centersion Graduates

Salmon Aid Foundation

The Women’s Building

Mission Graduates

Kitchen Table Talks

Friends of the SF Public Library

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

American Bach Soloists

VVBOOM Community Initiatives

Homeless Children’s Network

Bay Area Young Positives

Young Urban Modern Chefs

Mission Neighborhood Resource Center


Junior League of San Francisco

Lowell High SChool


SF Parks Alliance

SF Recreation and Parks Department



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