Boston Restaurants Giving Back To The Community

The places on this guide are helping the community - and so can you.

We love Boston. You love Boston. Which is why it’s so hard to see what’s happening in Boston right now. Restaurant workers are being laid off, healthcare professionals are battling on the frontlines, and people who need a hot meal are having a hard time getting one.

But you should also know about all the amazing ways that Boston restaurants are supporting people in need right now, and how you can support them as well. Chefs and restaurant teams are delivering tacos to hospitals and seniors, providing free lunches for school kids and first responders, and giving away meals to those who have been laid off or furloughed.

We’ll be using this guide to highlight restaurant initiatives around the city that are giving back to the Boston community. And we’ll be updating the list as we learn about more. For additional resources, information, and Infatuation-hosted fundraising projects visit our page here.

The Spots

Sugar & Spice Restaurant

This Cambridge Thai restaurant recently closed for takeout and delivery, but as of now is still offering free meals on Sundays from 12-2:30pm. Anyone can stop by and grab a bag of veggie or chicken fried rice, no questions asked.

Wood-fired pizza spot Molinari’s in Dorchester is open for takeout, and is offering 15% off for all healthcare workers who bring in their badge. That includes the clam pizza, but also the lobster scampi and apple cider pork chops.

Australian coffee shop Cuppa is donating hot coffee three times a week to the emergency department team at Boston Medical Center. The South End location is also still open from 7am-1pm daily for coffee and meat pies.

Cambridge tapas restaurant Little Donkey is currently closed to the public, but they are working with Off Their Plate, a national non-profit, to make food for healthcare workers across the city’s hospitals. To learn more, visit the non-profit’s website.

Shy Bird has also teamed up with Off Their Plate, and you can add donations to any of your online orders through their website.

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A&B Burgers has been closed to the public since the middle of March, but the kitchen is still making food and delivering community meals to families in the North Shore and healthcare workers at Beverly Hospital.

While all Flour locations are currently closed, Boston’s renowned bakery is working with MGH and Boston Medical Center to provide meals to healthcare workers. To learn more about the program, check out their website.

El Pelon is still open for takeout and delivery (they have great burritos), and they’re also offering catering options for those who would like to donate to healthcare workers during this time. Email if you’re interested in learning more.

Lobster rolls might be what we all need to remind us of happier days. Luke’s Lobster now has an easy way to donate their lobster rolls to frontline healthcare workers on their website. Each kit is $34, and comes with enough supplies to make two rolls.

Picco is continuing to operate it’s 1,000 meals program, where they are seeking to provide that number of meals per week to people in need. If you’re interested in sponsoring some meals, you can do so on their website.

Cambridge coffee shop 1369 is delivering cold brew to all first responders working at Cambridge Health Alliance. For more information on the cause, check out their Instagram.

Dorchester’s Lower Mills Tavern is open and offering a limited menu for takeout and delivery. Additionally, they’re also donating 50 meals, twice a week to hospital staff at Carney Hospital.

South End’s anoush’ella is doing takeout and delivery but is also offering free meals to any restaurant industry workers that have been laid off. They currently have resources to feed 60-70 people per day.

La Catrina is doing a burrito matching program - for every burrito donated, an additional one will be provided to healthcare workers across the city. You can contribute when you place an order on their website.

One of our favorite sushi spots, Cafe Sushi, remains closed, but they’re utilizing their resources to feed healthcare workers in partnership with [Off Their Plate]((

Anna's Taqueria


If you want to get a burrito fix and donate meals to healthcare workers at the same time, you can do that at Anna’s. Hero meals are available for $10, and Anna’s is rotating meal donations to the various hospitals around town.

We miss eating dumplings and udon amidst the bamboo at Banyan, but it’s great to know that this spot is also partnering with [Off Their Plate](( during this time. By the way, you can still get those dumplings through Sally’s Sandwiches.

Mei Mei in Fenway is also partnering with [Off Their Plate]((, delivering over 700 meals a week to healthcare workers.

Casual pizza spot Penguin Pizza started the Feeding the Frontline initiative, a local grassroots effort that allows diners to contribute meals to healthcare workers. Donations can be made online under the catering portion of the menu.

Viga Italian Eatery & Caterer

Italian restaurant Viga and their sister spot Shed BBQ are both closed to the public, but they’re also working with Feeding the Frontline to make meals for healthcare workers. Check out their website for more information on how to donate.

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