The Elks Kitchen Cares Project Is Cooking Up 150 To-Go Lunches Daily For The St. Vincent De Paul Dining Room In San Rafael


Responding to the COVID-19 crisis, San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108 volunteers have been making a difference since mid-April providing nutritious and delicious to-go meals to those most in need, cooked up in our spacious Lodge Kitchen!

Since the St. Vincent de Paul (“Vinnies”) free dining room in San Rafael had to close due to COVID-19 restrictions, their program switched to providing take-out meals to over 25 people at breakfast and 250 people at lunchtime.

Brownies being cut. Photo by Susan Adler.

The Elks Kitchen Caresproject is gifting up to 150 of those brown bag lunches daily, from Monday to Thursday to Vinnies, at a cost of only $2.00 per meal. The very tasty lunch includes:

  • Wholesome Burritos: With flour tortillas, chicken in tomato sauce with garlic & herbs, Spinach rice with vegetables (spinach, onions, carrots, celery, and vegetables sourced from the Elks’ own garden), seasoned black beans, salsa.
  • Home-baked chocolate brownies
  • An apple and a bottle of water
Dee Wagner at St. Vinnie’s. Photo by Susan Adler.

While the project was originally funded for 2,500 lunches with an Elks National Foundation Grant and from our Lodge Trustee funds, we are now raising additional funds to keep this valuable project running for as long as the need is here in Marin County. Please consider making a generous donation of any amount to keep Elks Kitchen Cares going and having its positive impact in our community. Every dollar donated goes directly into the program. At just $2.00 per lunch:

  • $20.00 buys 10 Lunches
  • $100.00 buys 50 Lunches
  • $1,000 buys 500 Lunches
Alicia Argueta and Monica Mcmillan with brownies. Photo by Katharine Whipple.

To Donate:

Go to the Elks Kitchen Cares on the San Rafael Elks website.

Phone number for Elks Lodge 1108 Office: 415-454-8835

Email for Volunteering and Donations: [email protected]

Or send a check to: San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108, PO Box 150789, San Rafael, CA 94915