Although Springreens is only open for takeout service Fridays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., it has served Drive Thru Iftar every day since Ramadan began on April 23. They haven’t run out of food on any one night yet, despite serving 500 or 600 meals some evenings. “I admire my mother’s efforts,” said Jihad. She said she worked in the kitchen for three days and was exhausted, but her mother has cooked every night.
Eid al-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of Ramadan, is several days away on May 23. Jihad said that they anticipate serving 2,000 free meals as part of the holiday. Reflecting on her family’s generosity through their small cafe, she said, “It’s just been beautiful to see everything they’ve done.”
Springreens is accepting donations for its Drive Thru Iftar program on its LaunchGood page; learn more about the program and the restaurant at springreenscommunitycafe.com.
More good food deeds:
Peachtree Tents and Events, a local vendor for outdoor tenting, is holding a food drive to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The drive, which runs through May 29, has set a fundraising goal to fill 45 food barrels and raise $5,000 for the ACFB. Canned food and other shelf-stable goods can be dropped off at one of several collection points, including the Peachtree Tents and Events warehouse located on West Marietta Street, Sweetwater Brewing Co., or Valenza Italian restaurant in Brookhaven. For more information, visit the ACFB website.
The High Museum has announced that its virtual wine auction event raised more than $1 million to support its future educational programming. Though the museum described the amount as a fraction of what its leadership team expected to raise from its annual wine auction, it far exceeded the stated goal of $800,000 for the virtual version. In an email, the museum reported that 140 active bidders participated, competing for 115 lots of rare wine, art and wine-focused experiences. To learn more about the High Museum, visit high.org.
Another local bartender will be featured this week in Punch Magazine's Tip Your Bartender series. Billed as a "social initiative connecting (Punch) readers to your favorite bartenders across the country via Instagram," the live cocktail tutorial takes place daily at 5 p.m. and benefits the bar team led by the participating bartender. On May 21, Baylee Hopings from Empire State South will hop onto Punch's Instagram live stream to share a cocktail recipe. Her audience can watch and learn, and they can donate to the restaurant's staff relief fund directly through Venmo, which will be posted during the broadcast. Learn more at punchdrink.com and watch live on Instagram at @punch_drink.
Although cosmetics and food are not typical bedfellows, a local Atlanta nonprofit has received a major donation thanks to MAC Cosmetics. The makeup brand has created a $10 million campaign called Viva Glam 2020 that will distribute donations to 250 organizations around the world, including Project Open Hand Atlanta. The nonprofit provides meals to low-income, chronically-ill and elderly people. The donation comes at an opportune time, as Open Hand Atlanta cancelled its two largest fundraising events, Dining Out for Life in the spring and Party in the Kitchen in the fall. The donation from Viva Glam 2020 "will help ensure ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, as well as senior citizens, will continue to have nutritionally balanced meals," said a representative for Open Hand Atlanta. Learn more and make a donation at openhandatlanta.org.
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