Beneficiaries & Events
At Commonwealth, we are dedicated to serving good food, offering good service, and supporting others who are doing good in the world beyond our restaurant. As part of our benevolent business model, we donate ten dollars from each the sale of each tasting menu to a beneficiary, with a new beneficiary every two weeks.
We choose local beneficiaries like the San Francisco Food Bank, which helped feed 147,000 people in 2009. When we benefitted the SF Food Bank, each tasting menu provided forty meals for those in need.
To date, we’ve raised more than $222,000 for:
“Skipping dinner. Eating less – or eating less well. Giving up food in order to pay rent. This is what thousands of people in San Francisco and Marin face every day.
The San Francisco Food Bank is the critical link between food and people. We provide food to close to 200,000 people through 400+ nonprofit partners.
Hunger impacts people in all walks of life. We reach them all – from working families to senior citizens. This year, we are on track to distribute 41.5 million pounds of food to meet an ever-growing need in our community.”
Mission Community Market hosts a lively community marketplace on Thursdays in the Mission. Our open-air market is made up of farmers, small local merchants, music and cultural activities, and after-school programming. We also provide bilingual nutrition education and are creating the Mercado Plaza, a fun, beautiful public space for the Mission District. Please visit the market to learn more!
Martin’s, as it is affectionately known, is a free restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on Sundays. Our mission is to serve in the spirit of compassion, understanding and love.
We are a community of people with diverse spiritual practices although our roots are in, and we continue to be inspired by, the Catholic Worker Movement. Begun by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933, the Catholic Worker phil-osophy and ideals are carried out by upwards of 200 houses worldwide in various works of mercy in the spirit of “gentle personalism.”
Founded in 1868, the SF SPCA is a community-supported nonprofit dedicated to saving, protecting and caring for cats and dogs.
We do this through immediate care of animals that are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate, but we also work to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying/neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their companions.
Founded in 1999 by three visionaries as a small, non-profit, 501(c)(3) patient-based advocacy organization, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network understands the many challenges that patients and their families face in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
With our national headquarters in Manhattan Beach, California, and a Government Affairs office in Washington, DC, the organization fulfills its mission through a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
“Food Runners is a volunteer organization dedicated to alleviating hunger in San Francisco. Our volunteers deliver over 10 tons of food a week to agencies feeding people in need.
Food Runners picks up excess perishable and prepared food from businesses such as restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals, event planners, corporate cafeterias, and hotels and delivers it directly to shelters and neighborhood programs that feed the hungry.”
“In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, The mission of St. Anthony Foundation is to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, lift the spirits of those in need, and create a society in which all persons flourish. We are committed to providing the poor of San Francisco with basic needs and services as a gateway to reclaiming their sense of dignity and to progressing towards stability.”
Since 1985, Project Open Hand has been providing “meals with love” (over 700,000 meals in 2009-2010) to people living with serious illnesses and to seniors in San Francisco and Alameda County and has served as a model for over 100 organizations all over the world.
The People’s Grocery is building a local food system to improve the health and economy of West Oakland, a community with a high rate of joblessness and chronic disease, whose residents have limited access to healthy and fresh foods. Their work involves increasing local supply of fresh foods; advocating for living-wage business and job opportunities; and developing strong relationships and community leadership.
At The Crossroads reaches out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and works with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. They remove common barriers to service by bringing their counselors onto the streets, and providing advocacy and support services to help clients build outstanding lives, not just lives of subsistence.
Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Since 2005 Kiva has coordinated the lending of over $2,000,000 to 550,000 entrepreneurs in 213 countries.