Where in Sonoma to get help or make donations to Kincade fire survivors

Where to give or receive support for Kincade fire and power outage survivors|

After days of PG&E-forced power outages and a still-burning Kincade Fire, there are people in need of food and other support. The following is a list of places people can go to get a meal or to restock their refrigerator, today and going forward.

Spooky Supper

Before heading out to trick-or-treat community members who were affected by the power outage or fire were invited to La Luz, 17560 Greger St., Sonoma, where Ramekins Culinary School and Inn provided a free warm meal – a “Spooky Supper” – for an expected crowd of around 300 people on Halloween.

Restocking pantries

Basic food items will be available to people who need to restock their refrigerators and pantries following the power outage. From noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, food will be available at El Verano and Flowery schools. El Verano is located at 18606 Riverside Drive in Sonoma, and Flower Elementary is located at 17600 Sonoma Highway, in the Springs. Donations are being accepted at both schools until noon on Friday. Food items needed are: Tuna, bread, crackers, almond butter, peanut butter, jelly, juice, milk, cereal, avocado, tomato, canned soup, tortillas and cheese.

Pets Lifeline

CellarPass, the online reservation booking platform, will donate $1 for every reservation booked through the CellarPass.com and $10 for every 2019 Passport to Sonoma County purchase now through the rest of the year. Donations will go to Sonoma-based Pets Lifeline that is supporting pets and their families affected by the Kincade fire.

The Red Cross

Evacuation shelters and fire relief centers operated by the Red Cross are located throughout Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties. Those interested in volunteering can register at redcross.org/volunteer. The Red Cross will make contact later and assign volunteers to a site.

Donations are accepted through a variety of options: Redcross.org; call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation; or by mailing a check to American Red Cross, 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Make the check to “American Red Cross” with “Kincade fire” in the memo line.

Sonoma Family Meal

Sonoma Media dining editor Heather Irwin founded the nonprofit Sonoma Family Meal, which has served more than 200,000 meals to fire survivors since the 2017 fires. It is now serving Kincade fire victims and evacuees. Trained chefs are needed for cooking and kitchen help are needed for volunteer services such as picking up supplies and cleaning. Go to sonomafamilymeal.org to volunteer or make a donation.

World Central Kitchen

Founded by chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) responds to disasters across the world providing meals to people in need and disaster workers. WCK served 6,000 meals at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa on Sunday, Oct. 27 through chef Tyler Florence’s Kincade fire team. Volunteers can send a direct message to Florence through Twitter, @TylerFlorence. To volunteer or donate to WCK, visit wck.org.

Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building

The City of Sonoma is on standby to open the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building (126 First St. W., Sonoma) as an overnight evacuation center providing shelter services. No donations are needed at this time, according to City Manager Cathy Capriola.

Community Foundation of Sonoma County

The Community Foundation of Sonoma County has an ongoing Resilience Fund to assist with short- and long-term recovery needs. To donate, go to sonomacf.org.

Latino Community Foundation

In response to the Kincade fire, the Latino Community Foundation reactivated its NorCal Wildfire Relief Fund, which supports nonprofits such as Corazon Healdsburg and Nuestra Comunidad. Those groups provide shelter and support services to Latino immigrants and farmworkers affected by the fire. To donate, go to latinocf.org.

Rebuild NorthBay Foundation

Rebuild NorthBay Foundation (RNBF) focuses on long-term rebuilding following the 2017 fires and now the Kincade fire. To donate go to rebuildnorthbay.org.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service teams serve meals to fire evacuation centers and first responders. To make a donation toward the Kincade fire go to deloro.salvationarmy.org.

United Way of the Wine Country

United Way of the Wine Country has a Kincade Fire Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund set up for disaster relief. To donate go to unitedwaywinecountry.org.


Following the 2017 fires UndocuFund distributed almost $6 million to undocumented families in Sonoma County that were affected by the fires. The nonprofit is raising money to assist those now affected by the Kincade fire. To donate go to undocufund.org.

Groceries and meals

An array of organizations have stepped forward to offer free groceries and prepared meals in Sonoma, open to anyone in need.


Redwood Empire Food Bank distributes “Groceries to Go” on the first and third Monday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. at Larson Park at 329 De Chene Ave., Sonoma.


Every Tuesday from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m., Redwood Empire Food Bank offers a “Produce Pantry” open at St. Leo’s Church at 601 Agua Caliente Road, Boyes Hot Springs.

On the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, there is “Groceries to Go” from 5 to 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church at 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma.

On the third Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Redwood Empire Food Bank offers a basket of food to seniors 60 and older at Sonoma Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E., Sonoma.

On the first and third Tuesday of every month from 5 to 6 p.m. there is a “Groceries to Go” at St. Patrick’s Church, 9000 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood.

There is also a “Groceries to Go” on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at Vintage House.


There is a free lunch at the Springs Community Hall, 18627 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, every week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. served by Sonoma Overnight Support and a rotating group of volunteers.


Every Thursday, Teen Services at 17440 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, serves a free soup lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. provided by Vintage House that is open to all.


On the first and third Friday of every month, Redwood Empire Food Bank offers a “Produce Pantry” from 9 to 10 a.m. at Sonoma Valley Community Health Center at 19270 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma.

On those same days, “Groceries to Go” are offered from 9 to 10 a.m. at Jack London Village at 14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen.

On the first Friday of every month, there is a “senior basket” for ages 60 and up from 9 to 10 a.m. at Jack London Village.

On the second and fourth Friday of the month, there are “Groceries to Go” from 9 to 10 a.m. at Craig Avenue Baptist Church at 18621 Railroad Ave., Sonoma.

Every Friday, Vintage House offers a free soup lunch that is open to seniors from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Every Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., Sonoma Overnight Support hosts a free dinner at La Luz Center, 17560 Greger St., Sonoma, for any member of the community in need of a warm meal.


St. Vincent de Paul Society operates out of St. Francis Solano Church on West Napa Street, Sonoma, with a free food pantry (no questions asked) Monday through Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. They offer shelf stable and freezer food – as well as bagged lunches for anyone who doesn’t have a kitchen.

St. Leo’s Church also invites anyone in the community to call 996-8422 once a month on any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and to pick up their pantry items from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that same day.

Sonoma Overnight Support’s (SOS) Haven shelter serves breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for anyone who is food deprived. SOS also offers a prepared food take-away phone line at 501-7441.

Friends in Sonoma Helping, or FISH, at 18330 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, also offers groceries. Call 996-0111 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and noon to arrange pickup.

The hours and locations are subject to change. To confirm dates and times, call Redwood Empire Food Bank at 523-7903.

To donate food to Sonoma Overnight Support, call Daniel Kahn at 774-1221. To support FISH, call 996-0111. To support Redwood Empire Food Bank, call 523-7903.

To add to this list, email anne.ernst@sonomanews.com.

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