Local pilates instructor Jessica Fudim will offer a remote pilates mat class on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10-11 a.m., where 100% of participants’ sliding-scale donations will be donated to Food for All/Comida para Todos, a volunteer-driven organization that delivers food and essential items directly to Sonoma families in need.
The money will go toward gasoline needed by volunteer drivers in order to make their bi-weekly, contactless, porch drop-offs. Food for All was founded by 10 individuals and has increased to a roster of 60 volunteers who have thus far served 5,265 families, or 23,692 individuals, in Sonoma Valley.
What began as a grassroots response to local food insecurity has grown to address education, housing and health. Tailored to a family’s needs, the nonprofit deliveries now include basic hygiene items such as personal protective equipment, diapers, menstrual care products and cleaning supplies. Food for All also offers a box of items designed for families who are quarantining as a COVID-19 precaution.
Maite Iturri, Food for All co-founder, said, “All the members work collectively to make decisions. The group loves the idea of the class fundraiser.”
Fudim has always included a public service component during her 20-plus years of teaching pilates. In January, her remote class fundraiser for Stacey Abram’s Fair Fight Action and Georgia Senate run-off candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, attracted 30 participants and raised over $1,900.
“There is something really inspiring about sharing that hour together,” Fudim says of her fundraiser classes, “We log on to class from our own homes- breathing, sweating, exercising together from different parts of the country. Seeing everyone in their little Zoom rectangles, united toward a common goal of making our world a better, more just place — it’s uplifting.”
Register for the event at jessicafudimpilates.com. Fudim grew up in Sonoma and recently moved back to town with her family.
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