I am so proud to sit on the Board of Directors of this amazing organization! Food For Thought is a Sonoma County non-profit whose mission is all about healing with food and love. We provide free weekly groceries, including fresh produce, nutritional supplements, vitamins and whatever other goodies are on hand, along with frozen meals. Our services include nutrition counseling, healthy cooking classes and an organic gardening project.
We serve thousands of people living with HIV, COVID-19 and other serious medical conditions in Sonoma County . We provide services in English and Spanish. Many of our clients receive delivery service because they are homebound due to ill health, living without shelter, isolating due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or do not have transportation. Hundreds of volunteers help us deliver food, prepare healthy meals, work in our food bank, tend to our organic garden and more.
Visit www.fftfoodbank.org for more info, or just drop me a line and we'll talk about opportunities to help out and/or donate.
Do you like food... or are you planning a date night... or are you just looking for a way to contribute to a great cause? Well then, Dining Out For Life is for you!
Dining Out For Life is Food For Thought's biggest fund raiser of the year, and it's coming up on December 1, 2022. This is essentially a county-wide Dine and Donate, with 75 restaurants around Sonoma County offering to donate between 25% and 100% of their day's proceeds to Food For Thought. CLICK HERE for more information and the list of incredible restaurants who are sponsoring the event this year.
Since 2018, Century 21 Bundesen/Epic has been sponsoring the COTS Raffle, an incredible fundraiser that has raised more than $115,000 for COTS during that span. For those of you not familiar with COTS - The Committee On The Shelterless, they are one of the primary providers of homeless support services and housing around Sonoma County. They run the Mary Isaak Center in Petaluma, where they provide shelter, food, medical services, job services, etc. for those in our community who are most in need, and they also provide other housing-related services around Sonoma County.
The raffle ticket sales typically run between August and October, with the annual drawing being held mid-October. In 2022 we raised over $36,000! Tickets are $20 each, and every penny we bring in gets donated to COTS. This year there were $10,000 in Petaluma restaurant gift certificates that were grouped into 10 fantastic prize packages.
Keep an eye on this page for info about next year's raffle!
Coats For COTS is a neighborhood coat drive I started doing in 2017. Every year during the holidays I collect a car-load or so of coats to deliver to COTS. They are so appreciative of the incredible support! This year's coat drive is coming up soon, so let me know if you have something to donate.
HOT, SWEET, DELICIOUSNESS! That's the only way to describe this locally made, not-for-profit sriracha. A friend of mine started making this in 2018 to raise money for fire victims after the firestorm of 2017. Now he donates all of the proceeds from sales of Sonoma Strong Sriracha to the Redwood Empire Foodbank. This product is currently all sold out, and the next batch is scheduled to be brewed in May 2023. You can follow them for updates on Facebook HERE. It is soooooo good!