UPDATED: O.C. Restaurants and Businesses Giving Back To the Community

Cali Dumpling Delivery

With many struggling to make ends meet amid the health crisis, these O.C. restaurants and businesses are showing their support through free meals, fundraiser campaigns, and donations.

Cali Dumpling Delivery
What: Delivering handcrafted Chinese dumplings throughout the county, including pork xiao long bao and pan-fried pork and shrimp dumplings. 100 percent of proceeds will benefit hospitality workers affected by the financial downturn of COVID-19
How: Order online at http://calidumplingdelivery.com

Corona del Mar
What: Offering a 25 percent discount to all hospital and frontline workers through April 30. Continuing to support local farmers and giving community access to fresh produce through sale of weekly Farmers Market Produce Boxes. Established emergency fund for displaced staff.
When: Takeout available 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
How: Order at 949-640-1415; Contribute to gofundme.com

Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach and Brea
What: Offering a free kids meal with items such as a fish taco, fish bites, and a grilled shrimp bow
When: Available anytime with a purchase of another menu item

Disneyland Resort
What: Donated excess food inventory to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Disney Parks donated 150,000 rain ponchos to MedShare, a humanitarian aid organization, for distribution to hospitals in need, as well as more than 100,000 N95 masks to New York, California, and Florida.

Bowers Museum, Tangata Restaurant, and Mariners Church
Santa Ana
What: Delivering free meals to local hospitals with a goal of 1,000 deliveries per week

Costa Mesa
What: Serving unemployed and furloughed hospitality workers and frontline workers with a free care package: the signature Drive Thru burger and fries, Brussels sprouts, bottled water, and toilet paper
How: Pick-up Thursday through Saturday 4 to 8:30 p.m. starting April 1; Donate at gofundme.com

Break of Dawn, OC Baking Company, Crema Artisan Cafe, Tanaka Farms, and Solutions for Urban Agriculture
What: Free meals for frontline healthcare works. The meal includes house-made chicken noodle soup, a loaf of fresh-baked soup, and a cookie.
How: Pick up, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Ecology Center
San Juan Capistrano
What: Launched a GoFundMe campaign in order to bring recently furloughed restaurant workers to work on the farm
How: Support the campaign here. 

➜  Las Brisas
Laguna Beach
What: Free kids meals for children 12 and under
How: Curbside-pick up or delivery through DoorDash
Order: 949-497-5434

Khan Saab
What: Free hot meals and bags of rice and lentils for the community
When: Every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. beginning March 27
How: Curbside delivery, 229 E. Commonwealth Ave.

The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar
Rancho Santa Margarita and Yorba Linda
What: 50 free lunch box meals per location; includes sandwiches and chips
When: Every day
How: Pick-up; you can reserve a lunch box for your children by calling the day before; 31431 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949-888-0072; 4975 Lakeview Ave., Yorba Linda, 714-485-2593

➜  Sol Cocina
Newport Beach and Huntington Beach
What: Free kids meals for children 12 and under
How: Pick-up
Order: (949) 675-9800 (Newport Beach)

➜  Solita
Huntington Beach
What: Free kids meals for children 12 and under
How: Pick-up
Order: 714-894-2792

Snow Monster
Anaheim, Irvine, and Westminster
What: Asking customers to donate drinks and macarons to be delivered to healthcare workers
How: Donate via minimonstercafe.com/donate

Dough & Arrow
Costa Mesa
What: Donating cookies to frontline heroes including healthcare and grocery workers
How: For more details on donating, visit doughandarrow.co

Paderia Bakehouse
Fountain Valley
What: Donated cookies to healthcare workers

Blue Bowl
What: Donated free energy bowls for frontline health workers and support staff via a GoFundMe campaign

Farmer Boys
Multiple O.C. locations
What: Established a $200,000 Farmer Boys Hardship Fund to provide grants and financially support team members

Heritage Barbecue
San Juan Capistrano
What: Served free pulled pork sandwiches to anyone affected economically by the pandemic last Sunday

Honey & Butter
What: Donated care packages to essential personnel including healthcare, postal, and grocery workers

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