Our mission is Creating Community Through Food, which means when something hits close to home, we jump in to get nourishing food and support to the people who need it. The impact of this pandemic has been crushing. It’s affecting our family. Our farmers. Our entire community. But there’s kindness in the world, with so many people jumping in to collaborate and support those most in need. And that gives us hope. Following are several initiatives we’re supporting – a couple of which you can get involved in too. Because working together strengthens our impact and our resilience to overcome these new challenges.

We’ll keep adding to the list as our capacity expands and we better understand where more resources need to be allocated. Feel free to email us (community@biritemarket.com) if you have suggestions. Wishing you all peace and health!

SF New Deal x Great Plates Delivered

On April 24, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults housebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through partnership with SF New Deal, Bi-Rite Catering has been delivering three meals a day, seven days a week, to these seniors, helping ensure they have access to safe, nourishing, healthy food. Formed in March, SF New Deal quickly mobilized to provide income to restaurant workers and meals for neighbors in need. To date they’ve organized 235K meal deliveries and disbursed $2.5M to small businesses. You can support SF New Deal’s efforts by volunteering or donating – every little bit helps!

Line Caffe X Bi-Rite Pastry Delivery

While we've helped flatten the curve in San Francisco, and the city is slowly starting open back up, our essential healthcare workers will still be on the frontlines of this pandemic for months to come. If you're able, please consider thanking the doctors, nurses, first responders, and other medical professionals caring for our beloved community by treating them to a cup of coffee and a pastry.

Double 8 Dairy Farm to Families

Bi-Rite Creamery soft serve is made with the incredibly delicious buffalo milk from Andrew Zlot’s Double 8 Dairy. Double 8 also has a herd of Jersey cows producing 200 gallons of milk every day. That milk is typically sold at Bay Area restaurants and coffee shops, most of which are currently closed due to our shelter-in-place ordinance. At the same time, food banks have seen a 650% increase in demand for food from those directly impacted by the pandemic. So instead of letting that milk go to waste, Andrew and team are pivoting, and need everyone’s help to get those 1,200 gallons of fresh milk each week to San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

Ask Chefs Anything Fundraiser

Our very own Sam Mogannam joined a stellar roster for the JUNE 26 - 29 #AskChefsAnything auction to raise awareness and $$ for our restaurants’ immigrant workforce. Each chef offered a 30-minute video call to share their favorite recipes and cooking tips, talk about our local food system, or whatever fans wanted to chat about. All funds raised provided food for hundreds of vulnerable immigrant families throughout San Francisco.

Meals for Medics

At the best of times being an EMT and Paramedic can be an intense and stressful. In today's times when their response and medical expertise is needed even more desperately, they’re navigating new hazards while providing comfort to ease patients’ fears. They’re amazing, selfless humans and Bi-Rite Catering is honored to partner with the crew behind Meals for Medics to help provide our City’s EMTs and Paramedics nourishing boxed meals. (Donations for this program are now closed.)

Fiorella x Bi-Rite Pay It Forward Tuesdays

#PayItForwardTuesdays offered free meals for healthcare workers and members of the restaurant and grocery industries impacted by COVID-19 every Tuesday April-June. We're grateful to the frontline heroes dedicated to supporting our community and thank you for the opportunity to have paid it forward during these past few months.