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Feed Their Minds.

October 16, 2019

Every October, Mission Graduates hosts a Mission District-wide fundraiser, partnering with some of the best restaurants the city has to offer and the Bay Area diners who love them to dine out and raise funds for a great cause – sending more Mission youth to college.

Join Mission Graduates and Mission District restaurants in ensuring that Bay Area diners join us in changing the face of the Mission District while supporting local restaurants and businesses for our 10th annual Food for Thought on October 16th, 2019.

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Mission District Restaurants

Restaurants all over the Mission District pledge to donate of the proceeds for one night in October. Mission Graduates supporters dine out en masse at participating restaurants, showing their support for businesses doing good in the Mission District.

Last year, you ate at these partner restaurants:

Alba Rays
Doña Mago
Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack
Evil Eye
Foreign Cinema
Front Porch
Giordano Bros
Little Star Pizza
Mission Bowling Club
Panchita’s #2
San Jalisco
Uno Dos Tacos

Food for Thought Raffle

Not only can you dine out and change lives, but you can also win amazing prizes!

The Food for Thought Raffle is a great way to support local youth and win amazing local prizes.

Here’s what you won last year:

Grand Prize:
An all-expenses-paid trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico courtesy of House and House Architects

And Local Favorites:
17th Street Athletic Club
Bi-Rite Creamery
Body Chemistry Studio
Brava Theater Center
Joshu + Vela
Lovejoy’s Tea Room
Roxie Theater
Three Twins
Wise Sons

How to Get Involved

Every year,  Food for Thought is made possible by the support of amazing community partners.  Ensure that more diners create a greater impact on the lives of our students this year by becoming a supporter of Food for Thought 2019.


Interested in joining a community of Mission District restaurants that support the community? Contact Sarah Hauser, Development Associate at shauser@missiongraduates.org or 415-864-5205 x 806 for more information.


Interested in promoting your company as an organization that does good in the Mission District? Contact Adam-Michael Royston, Chief Development Officer at amroyston@missiongraduates.org or 415-864-5205 x 807 for more information.

Sponsorship Levels

Join Food for Thought as a sponsor at one of the following levels:

Presenting: $10,000 (1)

Make it ALL happen – from the volunteers to the marketing materials, we couldn’t do this without you.

Event advertised as “Food for Thought 2018 presented by YOUR COMPANY”
Company Name and Logo included in all press releases, news coverage, e-newsletters, print materials, Mission Graduates website, social media and event pages. Category Exclusivity

Platinum Plate: $5,000

Let the Mission District know – every FFT poster advertising local businesses doing good in the Mission District will be because of you!

Company Name and Logo included in all press releases, news coverage, e-newsletters, print materials, Mission Graduates website, social media and event pages.

Gold Fork: $2,500

Spread the message – ensure every diner knows the impact of our programs through impact numbers on every table.

Silver Spoon: $1,000

Save The Date – help us let the Bay Area know that dining out sends Mission youth to college with postcard invitation to our donors.

Bronze Knife: $500

Let’s Go Viral – make sure all (online) eyes are on MG, and people who love Mission restaurants give FFT the thumbs up.

Join us in supporting mission youth by becoming a participating restaurant or Food for Thought event sponsor.

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