SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (April 24, 2020) – Off the Grid, the quintessential champion of the mobile food movement in the Bay Area and beyond, announced an innovative partnership with the City of San Francisco to provide prepared meals to feed low-income individuals and their family members who have tested positive for coronavirus while they are quarantining at home. The initiative quickly took shape on April 13 and in the first week, Off the Grid organized and delivered more than 2,800 meals to over 340 people in need. The company expects to increase the number of meals delivered each week through the current shelter-in-place order until May 3. As of the time of the release, 5,025 meals have been served to 46 families.
“The City’s private partnerships are critical to COVID-19 response efforts,” said Mary Ellen Carroll, Executive Director of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management. “We’re committed to tapping into and supporting our local business community as we serve the City’s vulnerable populations during the shelter-in-place order.”
Off the Grid utilized its mobile business model and agility of event management staff to quickly create and execute the meal drops. Currently, OTG is organizing three meals per day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from popular Bay Area food creators including Cielito Lindo MSK, Sip N’ Slurp, The Waffle Roost, Cochinita, The Sarap Shop, The GrilledCheezGuy, Jackrabbit, SFChicken Box, with many others to come. Meals include a main and side dish with a vegetarian/vegan option. Off the Grid’s Creators drop-off fully assembled and labeled meals at the OTG warehouse in San Francisco where staff sort them into curated packages for each family and drive to each residence to drop off the meals with contactless delivery. Each family is provided with three deliveries each week supplying 2-3 days of meals.
“This partnership is a testament to the mobility and resiliency of our business model, which enabled us to quickly respond and offer continued support to families in need,” said Matt Cohen, Founder and CEO, Off the Grid. “We are honored to partner with the City of San Francisco and the Department of Emergency Management to organize meals and provide food to families affected by the pandemic. We are also grateful to be able to deliver new revenue streams for our Creators: the food vendors, food trucks, and restaurant owners that make up the OTG mobile food movement and continue to support local small businesses in these extraordinary times.”
About Off the Grid: Founded in San Francisco in 2010, Off the Grid (OTG) has championed the mobile food movement, connecting people over a shared love of food and community. As a mobile events platform, OTG recreates public and private spaces with curated food experiences, innovative event production and corporate dining. Credited with reviving and cultivating San Francisco’s street food scene, OTG sets the stage for culinary discovery by creating multiple opportunities for entrepreneurial food vendors to access authentic community experiences within intentionally designed public spaces in more than 15 locations and 60 events weekly that serve more than 100,000 people. Off the Grid Catering provides a private markets experience with turn-key event production and planning. For more information visit https://offthegrid.com/ and follow OTG on Twitter: @OTGSF, Instagram: @OffTheGridSF, and Facebook: @OffTheGridSF.