Just a year ago, it seemed like every restaurant was hosting a dinner or pop-up event to raise money for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Now, both the food world and the public at large have turned their attention to the crisis taking place at the country’s southern border, where hundreds of children have been separated from their families under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration.
Accordingly, restaurants are rallying to support the organizations dealing with the issue, so Grub thought we’d make things a little easier for everyone and compile a list of who’s doing what, where they’re doing it, and when. Here’s how you can help with your wallet and your appetite — and check back as more events are organized in the following weeks.
Court Street Grocers (all locations)
The beloved general store and sandwich shop, which recently opened its newest location in the old Saltie space in Williamsburg, is donating the sales from all coffee and tea in the shop to the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project today, June 22.
Mile End Deli (all locations)
Tomorrow, June 23, Mile End Deli and a slew of restaurants from across the United States will donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.
Butter & Scotch
On Monday, June 25, the Crown Heights bar and bakery will host the latest edition of Drunk Dial Congress. Patrons are invited to imbibe while calling their representatives in Congress and sending them postcards that discuss women’s rights and the fate of asylum seekers. Proceeds from the event will benefit Planned Parenthood. The four-hour event begins at 6 p.m.
Playground Coffee Shop
If you’re in the Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy area, head to Playground Coffee Shop on Sunday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a bake sale hosted by local writer and baker, Dayna Evans. All proceeds will go toward helping families separated at the border.