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5 Food-Focused Ways to Help the Victims of the NorCal Wildfires

Even during these already-tough times, local restaurants are donating their profits to help fire victims

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People work together to pack brown bag lunches at an evacuation center at the Boardwalks Coconut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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As fires continue to burn across Northern California, the food industry, nonprofits, and individuals are stepping up to support those impacted by the fires. You can help support their efforts with donations, purchases — and, if you don’t have any money to spare, simply by sharing their efforts across social media. Here’s a list of several ways Bay Area businesses and residents are stepping up with food-centric ways to help the victims of the blaze.

If you’ve heard about additional relief efforts from local restaurants or bars, drop us a line.

Off The Grid

Off The Grid, the community of local food trucks known for events at Fort Mason and elsewhere, has launched a NorCal Fire Fund to help provide meals for those displaced in the fires. You can see their fire relief page here, which includes a list of ways to help, and donations can be made here.

United Farm Workers Foundation

The United Farm Workers Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for immigrant farmworkers across the U.S., and in recent days, they’ve turned their eye to the wildfires in California. Click here to donate to efforts to ensure farmworker safety, including access to personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as to offer financial assistance to the displaced. You can also text “Essencial” to 877-877 for more information on how to help.

World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen, chef José Andrés’s nonprofit intended to solve hunger and poverty, has opened a kitchen in Vacaville to feed evacuees and first responders, using volunteers to deliver meals to those who couldn’t make it to their location. They also “activated partner restaurants from San Francisco to San Mateo to Santa Cruz” to prepare meals for those fighting fires in the South and East Bays. Donations to support their efforts are welcome here.

La Santa Torta

You can read the full story on how beloved East Bay food truck La Santa Torta has mobilized to feed undocumented farmworkers here. Ten percent of all sales (order here) from now through September 3 will go to support Bay Area farmworkers and other undocumented community members.

Al Pastor Papi

Al Pastor Papi is also donating 10 percent of all sales through 9/3 to support farmworkers, watch its Instagram for locations and schedule. They’re also holding a supplies drive from their truck on August 25 and 26 from 5-9 p.m. at Mission Bay food truck park Spark Social