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Food for Thought

Dine in and do good! When you feed your body, you feed their minds.

About Food for Thought

For the entire month of October, we host our signature fundraiser, Food for Thought, to send more young San Franciscans to college! It’s a city-wide fundraiser in partnership with community-minded businesses centered around food.

We come together to support local food businesses while raising funds for Mission Graduates’ work in expanding access to high education for low-income children, youth, and families. Whether you decide to order ahead or dine out, let’s show up for our students and families when we’re needed most.

Your support allows us to continue serving over 4,800 children, youth, and families – from low-income, Latinx, Black, and immigrant communities in San Francisco – on their path to and through college.

How to Get Involved

Food for Thought is made possible by the support of amazing community partners. Help us ensure that more diners create an even greater impact on the lives of our students by becoming a supporter of Food for Thought!

Raffle Donations

Support comes in many forms! If you’re unable to dine in San Francisco, or would just prefer to donate something to our raffle instead, contact our Fundraising Team at info@missiongraduates.org.

Restaurant Partners

Food for Thought is made possible by the support of amazing community partners. Help us ensure that more diners create an even greater impact on the lives of our students by becoming a supporter of Food for Thought!

Last year’s partners included:

Uno Dos Tacos
Mission Bowling Club
Little Star Pizza – Valencia
Panchita’s Pupuseria
MIXT
Split

Corporate Sponsorships

Interested in reaching a new audience and promoting your company as an organization that does good in San Francisco? Contact our Fundraising Team at info@missiongraduates.org.

Sponsorship Levels

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

Presenting: $10,000

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

• Event advertised as “Food for Thought 2021, presented by [Your Company] – Category Exclusivity
• Sponsor name and logo included in all press releases, news coverage, and event-related marketing materials
• Dedicated thank you post on Mission Graduates blog
• Food for Thought virtual event presentation or speaking opportunity (optional)
• Sponsor logo highlighted in six monthly e-newsletters, reaching over 4,800 subscribers
• All benefits from lower tiers

Platinum Plate: $5,000

Let San Francisco know – every Food for Thought poster advertising local businesses doing good in the Mission, Excelsior, and SOMA Districts will be because of you!

• Sponsor logo highlighted in six monthly e-newsletters, reaching over 4,800 subscribers
• Sponsor logo prominently featured at Food for Thought events
• Thank you messages including sponsor name and logo on Mission Graduates social media, blog post, and website
• Sponsor promotional materials in goodie bags (optional)
• All benefits from lower tiers

Gold Fork: $2,500

Spread the word – ensure every diner knows the impact of Mission Graduates programming through impact messages on every table.

• Individualized sponsor callout on Mission Graduates social media to 5,500 combined followers
All benefits from lower tiers

Silver Spoon: $1,000

Save the date – help us let the Bay Area know that dining out sends San Francisco youth to college with postcard invitations to our donors.

• Sponsor highlighted in two e-newsletters, in October and November, reaching over 4,800 subscribers
• All benefits from lower tiers

Bronze Knife: $500

Let’s go viral – make sure all online eyes are on Mission Graduates, and people who love Mission restaurants give Food for Thought a thumbs up.

• Sponsor name and logo included on Mission Graduates website, social media, and event pages (10,000+ impressions)
• Sponsor logo on Food for Thought event page with link to website or promotion of choice
Opportunity for employees to participate in 2-3 hour volunteer event

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

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