Delivering Love

THROUGH
FOOD

Free Food is about emptying what is full, and filling what is empty. We provide nourishing sit-down meals to those who could otherwise not afford them, bringing dignity to outcast populations and delivering love through food. At the same time, our meals provide the opportunity to empty out and serve for those who have more than they need. 

From people without homes, to the prison residents and officers, to those affected by natural disasters to neighbors who could use a little extra — our aim is to feed the hunger of the human heart.

We serve over 500 healthy and delicious meals a week to those in need in Philo, CA, Ukiah, CA and Harlem, NY. We serve sit down meals where guests come and enjoy enjoy the deep nourishment of meals cooked with love and care, and get the experience of being served. We also distribute meals to those in homeless shelters, transitional homes, seniors, elderly, and anyone in need. Our meals are prepared with the freshest ingredients from our farm and partners, and our volunteers – ranging from world class chefs to friends who share our passion – come together weekly to cook and serve these meals. 

Who We Serve

“The acquisition of food for self and family can be (and very often is) a dehumanizing cycle of low quality to borderline edible items and “leftovers.” The food in Free Food meals offer something very different. Not only do they provide sustenance necessary for physical survival, but they give temporary reprieve from potential risks of harm and sickness, crucial savings of time/energy/money, and – in a very real and tangible form – the feeling of being cared for and human.” 

-Nicole, Staff at Partner Shelter

Where We Serve

We serve weekly sit down meals in Ukiah, CA and Harlem, NY, and bring additional meals to people in transitional homes, shelters, healthcare workers, sick, elderly and those in need. 

Free Food is currently active in Harlem, NY; Philo, CA; Ukiah, CA; and Palo Alto, CA, with chapters starting up around the country. 

Contact us if you’re interested in learning more and starting your own branch. 

Our Food

Volunteer Stories

Contact us to volunteer in any of our active cities, or learn more about starting your own branch of Free Food

Our Roots: Love to Table, a Free Pop-Up Restaurant

We started with a sit-down restaurant for people in need in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. We envisioned a world-class restaurant comparable to the best in the city, but this one would be free, and only for those in need. We called it Love to Table.

Our restaurant debuted in October 2019. We served mint tea and apple crisps baked from our garden and from there expanded to full three-course meals that we served every month.

When COVID-19 hit, we had to close the restaurant doors but found new ways to serve love. We created “Love Tables,” setting up baked bread, quiche, scones, fresh eggs, herbs and other treats for our neighbors to ease the stress among our local communities. We hosted eight “Love Tables” throughout Northern California, Florida and the UK and offered more than 1,000 baked goods during the hardest hit months.

We also started serving our farm-to-table meals each week to people living in shelters in Mendocino and Sonoma counties, and expanded our garden and partner network, basing our meals around what was in season.

We launched our first community garden at our partner shelter, The Living Room, in Santa Rosa to teach the residents there to garden and develop a relationship with the earth and food.  

 

How to Get Involved

Donate

Support our efforts to bring nourishing and delicious food to those in need.

Partner Chef Program

We have been fortunate to work with some of the most phenomenal chefs in Mendocino County, who design and cook meals with us. Join us to cook and plan a meal for those in need.

Partner Farm Program

Do you know a farm or business that would donate food to our cause? Do you have excess to donate? We love to use donations to create an exquisite meal. 

From the Blog

February 9, 2022
When the pandemic hit San Francisco in March 2020, we closed our restaurant doors. In the uncertainty of the world, we felt lost and we wondered how we would find our way back to the surface.
October 5, 2021
by Caryn Roth At Love to Table, we use food as the means to bring love, to sneak it into the rejected places, the crevices that may not often receive...
September 7, 2021
By Caryn Roth We have begun to bring Love to Table back to the streets of the Tenderloin after the last year and a half delivering our farm-to-table meals through...
August 3, 2021
At sesshin (meditation intensive) one year, perhaps 1968, Suzuki Roshi lectured about how to practice Zen. “Zen,” he said, “is like feeling your way along in the dark. You might...
August 3, 2021
Love to Table delivers love, dignity, and recognition through food by feeding farm-to-table meals to those in need. We just served our 10,000th meal since we started our sit-down restaurant...
April 21, 2021
Our visit with Janelle Weaver from the Bewildered Pig was gorgeous. She is everything we ever dreamed of being as a chef – creative, hospitable, whipping up beautiful intricate creations...