2020 has been a difficult year with COVID-19 impacts, and now with the CZU Lightning Complex fires. Our community has pushed through crisis after crisis, yet continues to show strength, determination and compassion for one another. There are no events this week downtown, but we want to highlight some of the great ways our downtown community has organized to support those impacted by the fires.
Photo by The Vitner Project.

Kickin Chicken, Mutari Chocolate worked with World Central Kitchen to create and distribute over 200 meals to evacuees and fire fighters. They sourced many of their ingredients from the Homeless Garden Project and Wildroots Market. A lot of magic can happen when your pool resources and love.
The Food Lounge also teamed up with World Central Kitchen, Events By Katy Elizabeth, and Mutari Chocolate to feed people.
The Glass Jar, that owns The Penny Ice Creamery, Snap Taco & The Picnic Basket, has provided hundreds of meals to evacuees and even set-up a pop-up ice cream shop at one of the evacuation centers.
Soif Wine Bar & Merchants on Walnut Ave. joined forces with World Central Kitchen as well,
to provide over 200 meals to evacuees and fire fighters.
Saturn Cafe is offering free curbside meals for our beloved Santa Cruz friends. Proof of address is required. Saturn cafe specializes in vegetarian and vegan fare.

With the help of World Central Kitchen, Barceloneta whipped up their famous paella and were able to feed many evacuees and fire fighters.

For the past week, Chocolate the Restaurant has been delivering 2 dozen+ meals per day to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium evacuation facility kitchen for distribution to evacuees sheltering there.
Discounts and Fundraisers
Chocolate Restaurant is offering a $5 Dinner Box for evacuees to pick up, with pasta and salad.
For evacuees that would like to dine on their patio, they are offering a 25% discount on their entire purchase, including cocktails. (Credit cards only, during COVID-19)
Santa Cruz Strong! Buy a mug, help a fire victim. Fybr Bamboo and Santa Cruz Plumbing have partnered in raising funds to help our beloved community move through this tragic time.⁠
⁠100% of proceeds will be donated to local fire evacuation shelters and animal shelters.⁠ $6,00 has been raised so far!
Botanic and Luxe will be raffling off five carefully curated gift sets from local maker artists.
All money raised will be donated as it comes in to Santa Cruz mutual aid efforts supporting displaced families, the houseless community, the farmworker community, as well as directly to friends & families who have lost their homes.

Many of you have already seen our social media posts commemorating businesses that will not be returning Downtown because of the
impacts of COVID-19. While we encourage you to continue supporting your favorite Downtown Santa Cruz businesses and enjoying the many ways they've found to continue serving you safely,
please only come Downtown if you are feeling well, wearing
a mask and maintaining social distancing.

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