As we near the holidays and reflect on the past year, it is no surprise that San Mateo businesses are tapping into their charitable spirit. We’ve faced unprecedented adversity and, through community involvement and resilience, come out stronger together. Here are four local businesses that are continuing to give back to the San Mateo community.
1. The Bohannon Foundation
At the Samaritan House’s virtual fundraising gala, The Bohannon Foundation donated $100,000 to support Samaritan House as it contends with the impact of COVID-19 on San Mateo’s most vulnerable residents. Other businesses that contributed large sums to the night’s fundraising include Gilead Sciences and Sutter Health. For over 45 years, Samaritan House has worked diligently to keep food on the plates of those in need, and their efforts have never been more important.
2. San Mateo County Strong
Because the economy faced a setback earlier this year, a coalition of impassioned San Mateo residents on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has created the San Mateo County Strong initiative, which allows local businesses and individuals to both give and receive donations. Residents can rest assured that donations will be utilized within the county border, so every cent is dedicated to bolstering the San Mateo community.
3. Noodles & Things
Food brings people together. That’s why Noodles & Things partnered with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley in an effort to provide food to a quarter of a million people in both Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Vowing to match public donations up to $2,000, Noodles & Things is encouraging its clientele to make a $1 donation to Second Harvest, which is enough money to provide two meals for someone in need.
Chef James Kenji López-Alt, Wursthall’s fearless leader, spearheaded his own movement to provide meals to San Mateo’s most vulnerable residents by hand-delivering meals to local organizations, including Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and Samaritan House San Mateo. Additionally, López-Alt handcrafted meals for first responders who were deeply affected by the COVID-19 crisis and delivered warm meals to the Oakland Fire Training Center and the San Francisco General emergency room. Residents who want to support López-Alt’s mission have been encouraged to donate online to his Patreon in order to further fund this charitable endeavor.
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