FEED it FORWARD >> Sonoma County
Feed It Forward >> Sonoma County, a small community group made up of volunteers, has a mission to promote goodwill and random acts of kindness for Sonoma County residents experiencing job or income loss due to the Coronavirus shelter-in-place orders.
www.FeedItForwardSonomaCounty.org went live on April 7th, and its goal is to help keep Sonoma County restaurants in business while providing a meal for those suffering financially during this uncertain time.
The funds are used to purchase gift cards for take-out from small local family-run restaurants, which are given to Sonoma County residents who have requested a gift card through the site.
Sonoma County residents are encouraged to sign up anyone they know who has lost income due to Covid- 19 (including themselves) for a gift card at FeedItForwardSonomaCounty.org.
Feed It Forward >> Sonoma County’s starting goal was to raise $10,000, which would have supplied a $40 meal gift card for about 250 local people. In three months the Feed It Forward Go Fund Me campaign well exceeded that goal and has raised over $38,000 because of the generosity and kindness of Sonoma County residents. We have distributed over 300 gift cards so far, and have funneled over $14,000 into small local restaurants.
Kim Isley, a local business owner and Santa Rosa resident, thought of the idea, built the website and recruited other volunteers to help. Kim says, “Our county has been through a lot, and time and time again we are there for each other. I think we all learned from the Tubbs fire that when disaster strikes, Sonoma County folks come together. I wanted to do something that would give people a way to take care of each other even while we’re all stuck at home. We appreciate and love our culinary diversity and want to do what we can to help small restaurants stay afloat while helping folks who could use a take-out meal as a gift.”
Sponsor a Meal: Your contribution of any amount will help fund gift meals for Sonoma County residents who have lost income due to Covid-19. CLICK HERE: feeditforwardsonomacounty.org/sponsor-a-meal
Request a Meal: for someone who has lost income due to Covid-19. Requirements: Must be a Sonoma County resident who has lost a significant source of income due to Covid-19 starting on or after March 18th. You can request a meal for yourself or someone else. All form information is required and will be kept confidential and private. Only ONE request per person, please! CLICK HERE: feeditforwardsonomacounty.org/request-a-meal
Recommend a Restaurant: We'll take your suggestions into consideration when making decisions about which restaurants to get gift certificates from. Must be small, family-run and in Sonoma County. CLICK HERE: feeditforwardsonomacounty.org/recommend-a-restaurant
How it Works: Wonderful people contribute to the Feed It Forward >> Sonoma County Go Fund Me campaign. We use these funds to purchase gift certificates to small family-run restaurants, and then distribute them to Sonoma County residents who have recently lost income due to Covid-19.