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Alumni Support Local Restaurants and Feed Frontline Workers

The Branson family continues to step up to help those in need during trying times – sometimes with a way to solve two problems at once. Across the Bay Area and California, Shelter-In-Place orders have hit the restaurant industry particularly hard and in response, two different Branson alumni efforts have sought to support local restaurants by feeding medical workers on the frontlines of COVID-19. Similar in model, the two websites, Feed the Line and Dine11 Marin, distribute donations to restaurants who make and deliver food to healthcare workers. 

 Trevor Hubbard ‘98’s San Francisco-based brand consultancy Butchershop created Feed the Line shortly after SIP was announced, with the goal of supporting local San Francisco restaurants and hospitals. So far, they have raised $175K and served 10K+ meals partnering with 80+ restaurants and 17 hospitals. They have also now partnered with Frontline Foods to continue the effort. 

The group effort that brought Dine11 Marin together includes several Branson alumni and families and is modeled after LA’s Dine11.org founded by Chris Sey – husband of ER doctor Rachel Pearl ‘90. The Marin group is led by Jen Lefferts (wife of Jon Lefferts ‘87) and Marla Murphy ’90, and includes several alums who participate as volunteers. Dine11 Marin has already made a huge difference by feeding local healthcare heroes, supporting beloved restaurants in Marin and giving the whole Marin community a way to unite and help during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to supporting healthcare workers, Dine11 Marin has also founded Dine11 Canal, which supports immigrant families in Marin who have been disproportionately impacted by the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. A large number of these families will not have access to any of the government sponsored relief programs currently underway. Nikki Pearl (wife of Jason Pearl ’87) has continued the concept and brought Dine11 to SF.

We are amazed and inspired by the quick action taken by many in the Branson community and beyond to support our restaurants, healthcare workers, and – ultimately  –  one another during this difficult time.