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Sonoma Family Meal: Sonoma’s Emergency Food Network2020-10-05T02:36:13+00:00


What is the SFM Emergency Food Network?2020-04-25T18:25:34+00:00

What is the SFM Emergency Food Network?

The Emergency Food Network was launched by Sonoma Family Meal in response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in March 2020 with the goal of fighting food insecurity in our community during disasters. 

SFM is working with a network of restaurant partners to provide meals to seniors and food-insecure families during shelter-in-place orders and beyond. Restaurants are paid for each meal by Sonoma Family Meal. Our funding comes from government grants and private donors.

Our goal is to help keep restaurants afloat, workers employed and farmers, restaurants and the food industry connected and supported. Our COVID-19 model is a departure from our wildfire relief operations which relied on an army of volunteers, chefs and farmers to create thousands of prepared meals in a single commercial kitchen. 

How the funds are spent2020-08-23T19:13:35+00:00

Funds are spent on purchasing food from our network of approved restaurants and food partners,  and this food is distributed to our aligned, non-profit partner network. Sonoma Family Meal is a volunteer-run, grassroots organization that has fed nearly 300,000, and counting, chef-prepared meals since 2017.

Non-profits we work with2020-04-20T20:06:41+00:00

Our network consists of trusted non-profit partners that make sure SFM’s chef-prepared meals are delivered and shared with food-insecure seniors, immigrants, farmworkers and families. Our current list of Sonoma County partners include:

Our growing network of food suppliers (and supporters)2020-04-26T02:36:16+00:00

Our network continues to grow thanks to strong support from our community. Our network of food suppliers includes local restaurants, caterers, food purveyors and more.  We thank these network partners and encourage you to support their businesses.  Our current list includes:



Chachos Catering

Chalkboard Restaurant

COOKIE  …take a bite!

Cuvee Catering 

Farm to Pantry

FEED Sonoma

Fern Bar

Gerard’s Paella

John Ash & Co.

La Fondita

Lola’s Market

Mary’s Pizza Shack

Mateo’s Cucina Latina

Mountain Mike’s Pizza

Palooza Fresh

Picazo Sonoma


Preferred Sonoma Caterers

Raymond’s Bakery

Single Thread Farms

the girl & the fig

The John Jordan Foundation


World Centric

Have a question that hasn’t been answered?2020-04-20T20:09:23+00:00

Reach out to us.  

Thank you for your support.  Updated 4.20.2020

Who Is Eligible2020-04-25T18:20:42+00:00

There are many factors that go into selecting the right partners, depending on location, size of the restaurant, walk-in, or reach-in space, as well as the ability to social distance safely. Partners will be required to show proof of insurance, workers’ compensation, and recent health inspection information. Safety, cleanliness and efficiency are paramount, along with chef or manager-level supervision at all times.

Our Regional Approach2020-04-25T18:38:59+00:00

SFM aligns restaurants with their own community, making our approach truly local. We believe that there is a special bond between chefs and their communities, and want to reinforce that. So, we do our best to have restaurants in the Sonoma Valley serve the Sonoma Valley, Healdsburg serve Healdsburg and so on. We also know that its best practice for our food and our environment to transport our meals in as little time and with as little unneeded fuel as possible.

Here are some examples…
Sonoma Valley
La Luz, Town of Sonoma, Council on Aging, Vintage House = Girl and the Fig, Palooza and Picazo

Corazon, Council on Aging = Single Thread, Mateo’s, Pizzando, Chalkboard

West County
Graton Day Labor Center, Council on Aging = Fernbar, Backyard

City of Cloverdale = Catelli’s

Santa Rosa
Council on Aging = Gerard’s Paella

Windsor Alliance = Chachos Catering

Council on Aging, Catholic Charities = Sonoma Preferred Catering

How are Restaurants Chosen2020-04-25T21:27:04+00:00

Restaurant partners are chosen based on many factors including their geographic location (are they close to a population in need), ability to output large amounts of food, sanitation and reputation, ability to work with the SFM team collaboratively, size of restaurant (must have significant refrigeration for cooling food overnight), ability to social distance in the kitchen, ability to work within a tightly controlled set of dietary parameters set by our clients (this is not a super creative endeavor), proof of insurance and workers compensation documentation and whether SFM has worked with the partner in previous disasters.

SFM weighs all of these factors and then requires a bid and a contract from the restaurant. Verbal and email requests will not be accepted. Any restaurant interested in participating is welcomed to fill out an application here.

When Will I Be Notified?2020-04-25T18:53:56+00:00

Restaurants will be notified when they are being considered for inclusion. There is no immediate timeline. Restaurants are brought into the network based on geographic proximity to need, demand and their ability to meet SFM Emergency Food Network qualifications.

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