OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Restaurant owners in East Bay have come together to help feed the homeless since the start of the pandemic. They formed a group called Community Kitchens.
In 2022, they found a new way to pay for meals with the help of their customers.
It may not seem like much, but as the saying goes, it all adds up. One cent for every dollar spent at participating Oakland restaurants will go to feed those in need.
Since the start of the on-site refuge in 2020, the organizers of the community kitchens claim that 100,000 meals have been served in the camps.
A county grant helped pay for the ingredients back then, but now they’ve come up with a permanent plan to keep the effort going. It’s called “Diner for Justice”.
Starting in January, customers of more than 20 different Oakland restaurants will see an additional 1% on their bills.
The money raised will be used to prepare worthy hot meals, that is, they will be similar to the dishes served to customers from the restaurant menu.
Husband and wife duo, Maria Alderte and Rick Mitchell, owners of Luka’s Taproom in Oakland, spearheaded the plan.
Participating locations range from Beside in Rockridge to Wahpepah’s in Fruitvale and Sobre Mesa on Franklin Street.
For a full list and map of participating restaurants, tap this link.