Pay it Forward Program

 The coronavirus pandemic has caused a global economic stir worldwide. US Financial markets remain volatile as the country braces for an unfathomable future throughout the foreseeable future. But the people most impacted by the pandemic and resultant shut down are the individuals:

  • 5 Million Americans have filed for unemployment. This is a rate not seen since the Great Depression

  • 1 in 5 American children are unable to eat dinner every night.

  • The Brookings Institute estimates that 2 in 5 families with mothers with children under the age of 12 are considered “food insecure”, defined as a lack availably and access.

At Caffe Machiavello, we see this issue progressing and decided to create a Pay it Forward Program to serve our local and surrounding community. Features of the program include:

  • Families whose “cup runneth over” can sponsor a meal for an individual or family impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant shut down.

  • For every meal sponsored by a family, Caffe Machiavello will “match” that meal 1 for 1.

  • Members of the community who want to receive a meal can order one online anonymously. There should never be a negative stigma associated with receiving help in times of need.

  • Both meal sponsorship and meal redemption can be done completely anonymously through the website at Click on the Pay it Forward button and select from the “Give” options to sponsor an individual or family in need.

Caffe Machiavello has a goal of feeding 25,000 people by the end of August. Community members we are currently assisting include:

  • Mentally acute disabled veterans in collaborations with the Menlo Park – Palo Alto Division of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs

  • Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

  • A multitude of smaller community level groups, including churches, support groups and local chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous.

At Caffe Machiavello we believe that we are one world. Together we can make a difference and support each other through difficult times. Together we can battle food insecurity one family at a time.

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