Dear Chefs, Restaurateurs, Farmers and Food Producers,

I know this is a very difficult time for everyone, so I’ll get to the point: Single Thread has developed a win-win way to support their restaurant staff and those in our community who are in great need of food.

Our first meals with this pilot program will begin going out Monday morning. We think this might be a solution for others.

Here’s how it works.

1. SFM has set up a designated donor fund exclusively for Single Thread with some of their larger donors. Their chosen donors and patrons can contribute to a designated 501c3.

2. After an approved bid to SFM, Single Thread will make up to 200 servings of food (packaged for 2 or 4) which will be directed by SFM to an existing non-profit that can get the food directly to their clients. Currently, we are working with Council on Aging, Corazon, Community Action Partnership and Petaluma People’s Services for specific pickups/deliveries.

3. Based on the designated donations. SFM will pay Single Thread at a bid/accepted rate until those funds are exhausted. This is enabling Single Thread to continue to operate with a limited kitchen and staff and help others.

I give total credit to Kyle and Katina for figuring this out, and I realize this might not be an option for everyone. If you have access to large donors or patrons, we may be able to figure out a similar process for you. (We need at least $2,500 in donated funds to launch each restaurant campaign). SFM takes no commission.

We also have created a coronavirus specific fundraiser for Sonoma Family Meal. We would also appreciate it if you could share, so we can continue to pay those who don’t have a way to easily tap donors.

In the last week, Sonoma Family Meal has purchased more than $18,000 of grocery gift cards to Lola’s Market. We are paying FEED Sonoma for 60 produce boxes that will be donated next week. Our own financial reserve is very limited, so we are relying on donations (which are trickling in due to donor fatigue and economic concerns) to get safe, professionally made food to those in need for as long as we can.

If you’re in a position to donate product PLEASE let us know that. We will find those who can use it to the best of our ability. If you have small amounts (ie: walk-ins) I am working with both La Luz and Catholic Charities to make those connections. If you have larger amounts we can try to incorporate those into meals being prepared to lower costs.

Sonoma Family Meal is not currently cooking food — the most economical option — because our model during the fires relied on large numbers of people congregating. We are monitoring the situation and may open to a skeleton staff in the coming weeks.

I look forward to hearing from those of you who may be interested. This is a marathon, and we know that this may or may not be something you can do now, or at all.

Know that my love and support is with all of you right now.


Heather Irwin

Please contact me if you’re interested in finding out more…

I’ll get back to you promptly…

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