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Appetite for Good, in partnership with Los Altos Community Foundation, recognizes the ongoing challenges of the restaurant industry to recover as we go through another wave of the pandemic. Facing labor shortages, supply issues, and uncertain future demand, restaurants are still working hard to survive. We also see an opportunity for restaurants to work on programs to strengthen their businesses from future uncertainties. We also recognize the ongoing struggle for residents to get access to food. We see an opportunity to help our restaurants, and community members in need, build a more resilient future through this pandemic and beyond.


Appetite for Good and Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation are offering a Food Resiliency Program for Mountain View-based restaurants who have been impacted by the pandemic and who wish to implement solutions in their businesses that will help with long-term resiliency, making future uncertainties less impactful. We have committed up to $120,000 for this program. Fund amounts will range from approximately $2,500 to $10,000 per restaurant. Restaurants are expected to provide gift certificates, ranging from $10-20, depending on the restaurant, for distribution through our partners in the amount of funds received. Gift certificates will be redeemed approximately 1-6 months after restaurants receive the funds, and are redeemed at about the rate of a regular gift certificate. Gift certificates will be distributed through our long-standing nonprofit partner, Community Services Agency.

Restaurants get a much-needed infusion of cash in one payment, and help their community. We’ve helped dozens of restaurants provide thousands of meals to those in need, and helped our restaurant partners survive.

“What Appetite for Good is doing is amazing!  It helped people that needed food to eat, and it helped me keep my dream of owning a restaurant alive!” Restaurant in Downtown Mountain View

You must express interest in this program by applying by Tuesday, October 26, 2021, by 11:59pm. Funds will be granted, and applicants will be notified of their status on or about Friday, November 5, 2021.

Applicant requirements

  • Must have at least one location in the city of Mountain View (preference is given to Mountain View-based businesses)
  • We are particularly interested in supporting businesses owned and/or managed by women and/or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).
  • Locally owned franchised restaurants are allowed, but not chains from outside the greater Bay Area (preference is given to independent, small businesses)
  • Menu must have some healthy, diverse food choices and support a strong food ecosystem (such as vegetarian, gluten-free, carb-reduced, organic ingredients, local suppliers, etc.)
  • For this program, restaurants are expected to provide gift certificates in the amount of 100% of their total dollars received. Restaurants must agree to provide and accept redeemed gift certificates, which will be distributed through Community Services Agency

Questions? Contact IdaRose Sylvester at