As a Korean-American foodie who resides in West Oakland, I’m lucky that there’s a slew of fine eateries not too far from our home all along Telegraph Avenue in Temescal.
The CHEFS program in San Francisco has been training homeless people to work in kitchens for the past 17 years, with the hope of eventually finding them employment in high-profile restaurants around the city. Now, CHEFS students are cooking for tech workers in San Francisco’s mid-market neighborhood as part of tech companies fulfilling their Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs). The goal is to create positive and supportive relationships between tech companies and the existing community.
The goal for Curry Without Worry is to continue to feed the needy in San Francisco, and in Katmandu, where most of the people served are street children and the elderly and handicapped.
So if you’re looking for a way to give back to your community this holiday season, or all year, here are some local volunteer opportunities at organizations offering food to those in need. If you know of a great program not listed here, please include it in the comments section.