To the now famous phrase, eat, pray, love, we should also add ‘give’ and ‘shop.’ Residents of Santa Monica can join in these efforts all to the mutual benefit of the entire community on Oct. 15, for the 3rd Annual Buy Local Give Local Week. The event kicks off with a day focused on local restaurants with the inaugural Eat2Give charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 15. Eat2Give will connect the Santa Monica community with over 24 local charities and 32 Santa Monica food and beverage venues to create a delicious and philanthropic experience. Customers do good while dining and businesses give back to local nonprofits – it’s a win-win.

“Each year, Santa Monica businesses generate approximately $130 million in revenue to help support our libraries, schools, parks and emergency services,” said Jennifer Taylor, Buy Local Santa Monica Committee Chair. “Buy Local Give Local Week is a fun way to help raise awareness about the impact of supporting local businesses as well as the non-profits that provide life-changing services and awareness of key issues that are important to our community.”

The ‘pay it forward’ day will kick off at 9 a.m. with a healthy cooking demonstration for the youth of the Santa Monica Police Activities League at three local restaurants (The Hive, Inotheke, and Obicà), followed by an entire day of ‘culinary crawling’ until 11 p.m. For the crawl, Breeze Bike Share is offering 10 percent off trips all day. Coupons available at participating businesses.

Through Oct. 22, residents are encouraged to shop local in support of small businesses and our community as a whole. Local merchants associations each selected a Santa Monica charity partner as their beneficiary for Buy Local Give Local Week. They are: Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. – SM Family YMCA; Main Street Business Improvement Association, – Heal the Bay; Montana Avenue Merchants Association – Westside Food Bank; Ocean Park Blvd. – Westside Family Health Center; and Pico Improvement Association – CLARE Foundation. In total, 54 local businesses have pledged to donate proceeds and/or items to their local charity partner throughout the week.

“The Westside Family Health Center is a lifesaver, literally,” said Nancy Lombardi of Artful, a gift store on Ocean Park Blvd. “It provides medical services and help to families that need it and is one of the worthiest, hardworking organizations around. I’m grateful to them for the work they do and honored to partner with them during Buy Local Give Local Week.”

Eat2Give is organized by Prix Fixe Consulting in partnership with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee. To view the list of participating restaurants and their charities, visit To view the full list of Buy Local Give Local Week partnerships:

  • Submitted by Constance Farrell, Public Information Officer