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Local Cooks, Samaritans Mobilize To Feed Firefighters, Displaced

Week 1 Volunteer Chefs at Sustainable Table, Berkeley. Photo: Sharon Girdlestone

In the wake of the far reaching and devastating fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties, over 1,500 meals a day are needed to feed displaced families and hard working first responders.  Restaurants and private kitchens, filled with enthusiastic volunteers, are joining forces throughout Marin County and the East Bay to provide these meals.

Orinda resident Sharon McGinnis Girdlestone, owner of My Sustainable Table, a commercial kitchen in Berkeley, along with April Green Bowers, have been organizing cooking events to help achieve this goal.  Working together with ChefsFeed to prepare and distribute food, the “Get Involved, Cook a Meal” project offers 20 prep spot positions in the kitchen and 2 driver spots to delivery meals to Santa Rosa, as well a Go Fund Me Account called “Meals for Evacuees & 1st Responders” to collect funds for ingredients.

Any excess funds will be donated to “BayAreaUnite for California Fire Relief”, a YouCaring account set up by Bay Area Sports teams, such as the Giants, Raiders, Warriors, etc, to collect funds for the American Red Cross California Wildfires Relief Efforts.

The first event was held on October 19th where, in 1.5 hours, 20 superstars put together over 200 meals that were whisked up to Santa Rosa for delivery.  These weekly events will continue to be held through November 2017.  Please join in and make a difference to our neighbors up north.

To be a prep chef or driver, please use this sign up sheet.

To donate funds, go to the GoFundMe account.


  1. Huge story. Not this one, this is a great little story and nice to see — but we’re just now starting to see the ripple effects of the wildfires and I fear it will be with us for some time to come.

    • @G – We agree. We’ve heard some amazing stories from friends and family members living up that way. It would be nice to see a swift recovery but we’re realists, and we think it will be some time before we come out of this – though LOTS of good people are helping!

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