Sonoma Family Meals

One organization SOCO Fire Relief if very passionate about for the continued efforts to utilize the farmers of Sonoma County to feed the victims of the Sonoma County Fires. We will be proudly sponsoring them this holiday season & encourage you to do the same. See Facebook & GoFundMe pages linked below.

Sonoma Family Meal came together in the worst moments of the raging California Wildfires to feed a population not used to asking for help, but desperately in need.

Heather Irwin, a restaurant writer in Sonoma County, created the nonprofit to bring families displaced by the fires together with hundreds of chefs who desperately wanted to help.

Since Oct. 15, we have served more than 65,000 meals made by some of the Bay Area’s best chefs, packed up and ready to take home for anyone who asks.

What started as a simple plan to hand out prepared meals donated by renowned restaurants like Single Thread in Healdsburg, Two Birds One Stone in Napa and San Francisco’s Aster has now turned into a full-on professional cooking operation with a staff of more than 20.

We value great food, and since launching have served vegan tofu masala, ahi tuna with farro, stuffed acorn squash and more. All made with ingredients donated by local farmers and ranchers, much of it organic, and prepared by local chefs.

Please make a donation: https://www.gofundme.com/SonomaFamilyMeal

Local Business Get Down!

Thanks to Lorna at SonomaNews listed below are local businesses offering specials for locals who have been evacuated is being continuously updated. Email lorna.sheridan@sonomanews.com with any additions or changes.
Full Updated List Found Here

— Free hot meals at Santa Rosa Vets Building from Sonoma Family Meals & Wishbone Restaurant  1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
sonomas kitchen

– Free art appreciation. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art has two new exhibits opening this weekend that it has announced that admission is free to the public for the rest of the year.

Gymnastics. Sonoma Gymnastics off 8th Street East is offering free play on Thursday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 21 from, 4 to 8 p.m.

Train rides. Train Town is offering free train rides to all residents of Sonoma and Napa counties (with proof)on Oct. 20-22.

Top That is opening at noon and offering free cones all day on Thursday.

The Sebastiani Theatre is hosting special free movies on Thursday and Friday. “A Bug’s Life” will be shows at noon on Thursday and “The Incredibles” at noon on Friday. Free to all. Thank you to John Lasseter and Pixar for making this possible.

— Free open art studio time for kids. Art Escape on Hwy 12 is welcoming kids to come create some art for free from 10 am to 6 pm , Wed-Fri. this week.

Free everything at the St. Francis Church Mouse in Agua Caliente for all fire victims who have lost everything. 16885 Highway 12 in Sonoma, CA 95476

Veggies. Sweetwater Spectrum is harvesting its remaining row crops on Thursday, and donating them the the Springs Fire Relief Food Pantry, which is in the Palms shopping mall at Hwy 12 and Verano.

— Boys & Girls Club at Maxwell Park will welcome members and non-members for drop-off childcare from 1pm-7pm, Wednesday – Friday, October 18-20. Its athletic programs are canceled until the air-quality deems fit to return to a regular schedule. THE CLUB at Maxwell Village will remain closed until Monday, October 23rd. Teens are welcome to volunteer and/or participate in the activities at our Maxwell Park Clubhouse.

— Music Nomad is offering to help any local musicians who lost their guitar, uke or banjo to get new equipment and they will provide strings and care products. Message the company on Facebook.

— Teen Services Sonoma’s Operation Bicycle is providingbikes for those who’ve lost theirs in the fires. If you or a family member is in need of replacing your beloved pedal-powered vehicle, please contact adrian@teenservicessonoma.org or stop by during shop hours (M-F, 3-7 p.m.) – 17440 Sonoma Highway, in the Springs – and they will do their best to outfit you with a new ride.

— Sonoma Fit, in partnership with Little Om Yoga, is offering free kids yoga classes on Wednesday. Ages 5-9 from 3 to 3:45 p.m., ages 10-13 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and tees 13 and up from 5 to 5:45 p.m.

— Sonoma Optometry in the Marketplace is offering free eye glasses for those that lost a pair in the fire. Eyes of Hope has provided a limited number of gift certificates to the Red Cross for free eye exams and glasses that can be used in the office. To obtain a gift certificate, call our local chapter of the American Red Cross at 577-7600. Ask them for a VSP Global Eyes of Hope Disaster Relief Gift Certificate.

— The Springs Fire Relief Food Pantry on Hwy 12 (at Verano) will be open from 4 to 7 on Thursday and Friday but it will now not be open on Saturday.

VANS is coming to Sonoma Old School Thursday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. to bring support to fire victims by handing out shoes, tees, hats, socks, and more. If you have been impacted by the fires, or know people that have and are in need of new shoes & clothing, send them to 1001 Broadway on Thursday.

— Villa Terrazza at 869 Broadway is giving away free patio furniture covers while supplies last to protect your outdoor items from the ash.

— Patty O’Reilly at the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance will be open Monday through Friday, October 16 to 20.

The following dance classes are open to all in the community:
2:00-2:45pm – Open Dance Floor for Playtime // 3:00-3:30pm – Pre-Ballet for ages 3-5 years 3:45-4:45pm – Ballet for ages 6-8 years // 4:45-6:15pm – Ballet for 9 years and older
6:15-6:45pm – Pointe Class (for students on pointe)

Brocco’s Old Barn is open and accepting animal food donations and distributing food to those who have displaced animals.

El Pueblo Inn on West Napa has been offering free hotel rooms to evacuees each night since the fires begin. Call the hotel to see if they have any rooms for tonight.

— From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Monday, Oct. 16, FISH will open a drop-in fire victim clothing and bedding center at Sonoma United Methodist Church, 109 Patten Street. Access to food assistance can be obtained by calling 996-0111 for the duration of the mandatory evacuations. Once the mandatory evacuation orders expire, FISH will resume distributing food from FISH Central at 18330 Sonoma Highway – with entry on Sierra Drive, Monday thru Friday. If needed, hours of operation will be extended to accommodate the demand. Call 996-0111 for information and assistance.

— Starting Tuesday, there will be No Pay Cafe at Sonoma Springs Community Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. The Epicurean Connection will be coordinating the food daily for two weeks then re-evaluate for the long term. They will be looking for volunteers to help daily from 11:00-3:00. Meals provided by http://www.sffightsfire.com.

— Rohnert Park Gymnastics has a day camp this week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snack and lunch included. They are waiving fees for families impacted by the fires. $60 per day otherwise.

— La Luz Center will be offering a free lunch from noon to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. every day this week.

— Pet Food Express at 500 W Napa is open for business and offering free pet washes for the community.

— Boyes Barbershop will be open for business on Tuesday, October 17. If you are a Firefighter or first responder involved in the Sonoma county wild fires, they will be giving free haircuts for you until the fires are out.

— The new Sonoma Arts Live play, “The Rainmaker” opens on Thursday night at the Community Center and tickets are “pay as you wish.” Free for those truly in need, everyone else should just donate what they can. The show will be free for first responders for the entire run. Learn more and reserve tickets at http://www.sonomacommunitycenter.org/.

Berkeley Engine 6 Watch as Berkeley firefighters arrived in Santa Rosa

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Berkeley firefighters arrive in Santa Rosa stunned by scope of Tubbs Fire

By Alix Martichoux, SFGATE
Updated 1:28 pm, Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Berkeley Fire Department received the call for help early Monday morning. They sent an engine north to Santa Rosa to help with what they thought was a “large grass fire.”

When the strike team, made up of both Berkeley and San Francisco firefighters, arrived in Santa Rosa before sunrise, they were stunned to see the scope of the already massive Tubbs Fire.

A video shot and edited by a Berkeley firefighter (above) shows the crew’s reaction when they realized just how large the destructive fire had grown overnight.



CALIFORNIA, YOU ARE AMAZING. The community truly stepped up to the plate this week. Donations, hot meals & endless tireless volunteers surrounded this community in an incredible way. With the overwhelming amount of donation based support we received this weekend we are not be able to receive donations tomorrow. Allow time for shelters & distribution centers to account for all the resources they have received. We encourage individuals with items to donate to; sort them with scrutiny, discard any used items & if possible hold onto them for the time being. Lets not get ahead of ourselves, fires are still burning, evacuations notices are still coming. We must be prepared & the best way to do that is to acknowledge what we have & what we need.

If you have clothing to donate: look into Salvation Army, Thrift Stores, Goodwill & St. Vincent DePaul, these centers are set up to sort/distribute mass quantities & most are giving clothing to any evacuees at no charge.

If you have food to donate: check out you local food bank. Santa Rosa Redwood Empire Food Bank is providing for a large number of evacuees and the community at large. Fire stations & shelters have been inundated, give them a few days to process & allow organized channels to distribute food. Reach out to local pantries, shelters & restaurants if you are passionate about participating.

If you want to donate camping supplies: Call/canvas local campsites & KOA’s to see if they are housing any evacuees you can provide for. Check out fire stations as well.

If you want to donate medical supplies: The elderly evacuees have the most urgant need for medical supplies, those need change daily. Do your research, make phone calls, ask questions. Many local hotels are housing entire retirement communities.

If you have baby/kids items to donate: Many independent children’s clothing stores are maintaining a donation based clothing exchange. As schools get back in session on Monday check with your local school & assess their students needs.

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We must take the time to get the right resources to the right people at the right time. Not all supplies are good or even needed especially to an individual who just lost any personal space they had to store their possessions.

Donate your time. Many shelters have stopped accepting donations because they have received so many so fast & simply lack the hands to efficiently sort & distribute items. Lend a hand, clean a kitchen, run an errand.

Storage, storage, storage. Now is the time to get even more organized & prepare to distribute what we can to displaced individuals when they are ready. SOCO Fire Relief is currently seeking the donation of personal or business storage space for a temporary time period to fulfill/distribute evacuee wish lists properly.


If you have any question regarding this post or any other information found on this site, contact stefanie via socofirerelief@gmail.com


we love you california.

Suggested Donation Items

PLEASE BE VERY SELECTIVE, we are finding less quantity more quality is making the best impact providing relief
General Items (A):
Large Bins/Sturdy Boxes
First Aid Kits
General Medical Supplies
Phone chargers
Gift cards
General Cleaning Supplies

Can openers
Suitcases/Tote Bags

Toilet Paper
Sleeping pads/cots
New Pillows
New Blankets

Sleeping Bags
N95 Masks

Packs of Socks
Packs of Underwear
Non-perishable food
Open+Eat Snachs (granola/breakfast bars, PB+J, canned tuna, chicken)
Baby Food/Formula
Baby Diapers
Personal hygiene products (make up wipes/packs of toothbrushes/travel kits)
Garbage bags
Shopping bags
Masking/Duct tape
Aluminum foil
Ziplock bags – any size
Items for Warmth (B):
Heat Pads
Kids needs (C):
Baby Wipes
New Blankets
Coloring books
Art Supplies
School supplies
Back Packs
Kids with Special Needs:
Tactile toys
Social stories
New Mobile Electronics (D):
Portable DVD-BluRay viewers
*Please contact socofirerelief@gmail.com to drop off items from 

**While all these items are useful, Shelters, Evac Centers & Relief Volunteers are being inundated. Please check updated shelters lists here & on this public google doc 

Amazon Takes Off!!

22448671_10211930119782519_3740613510118492801_nBrit-Eames-Thies has done an amazing job alongside her Mother Tricia at building, maintaining & delivering this epic Amazon registry. Read her story below & donate via the link in our donations page here

I haven’t had a moment to come up for air since this registry caught fire (literally), and I owe you all an update on the incredible thing you’re doing.

To date:
9,772 registry views
563 people have shared our story on PopSugar
806 purchases have been made
100+ purchases are in the air to Sonoma County as I type (sorry USPS!)

I lost count of the items about 24 hours ago, so I’ll have to total them when our team does the inventory tomorrow night, but believe me when I say that THE NUMBERS ARE ASTOUNDING AND SO ARE YOU! Right now, we need canned o2 (sounds odd, but with air quality as poor as it is, people can become faint), catheter bags, girls’ underwear, men’s extra-large underwear, plastic tubs, batteries, sweat pants, sweat shirts, plates, napkins.

Y’all are spreading mercy like flame and it’s really, truly amazing.




Via Facebook

Meal Delivery

SOCO Fire Relief is available to provide ready to eat meals to the below individuals/groups anywhere in the Sonoma/Marin/Napa Counties:

  • Evacuees in Private Homes
  • Evacuation Centers
  • County Shelters
  • Fire Departments
  • Cal Fire Basecamps
  • Public Safety Workers
  • Animal Shelters
  • Volunteer Groups

Please e-mail socofirerelief@gmail.com if you would like to receive prepped meals or know someone who does.


If you are interested in donating fresh produce, pasta, bread & other fresh items to be prepped please contact us at socofirereliefvolunteers@gmail.com with the subject line “Food Prep Donation”