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Chico restaurant donates over 1,000 burritos to families in need

A local restaurant is stepping up to help people during this pandemic.

Posted: May 19, 2020 8:43 AM
Updated: May 19, 2020 9:05 AM

CHICO, Calif. - La Cocina Economica donated more than 1,000 burritos to families and people in need in Chico.

Owner of La Cocina Economica, Chris Digiovanna, said we all need to look out for each other.

"We needed to sow seeds in our community, so when we looked at our food supply we said 'alright, let's commit to giving a thousand burritos away'," said Digiovanna.

Digiovanna said at the beginning of the stay-at-home order, La Cocina Economica stayed open with curbside and delivery only, which he said helped his employees.

"We would match employee’s tips and that kept our family - the La Cocina family - safe and secure,” said Digiovanna.

But he wanted to do more for the Chico community too.

Digiovanna donated burritos to families of Rosedale Elementary School, Torres Shelter, Jesus Center, Campbell Common Senior Living, and Esplanade House.

“Those are the five that I know of that we at least donated twice too and that's at least 100 burritos every time," said Digiovanna.

The cook of the Jesus Center said this not only helped those who they serve but it helped them too.

"It relieves us to prep more functional meals for Chico so it’s very nice to have people that are supporting us freeing up a bit more time so we're able to do something a bit more nourish-able," said cook of the Jesus Center, Brandon Brooks.

Assistant Director of the Jesus Center, Amber Abney-Bass said that food donations are always appreciated because during this time, their food donation quantity has been down.

Digiovanna said he's not done helping and has a message for other local restaurants.

"If you’re a restaurant owner or manager, put out a challenge to La Cocina,” he said. “We'll match it not because we love challenges but because we love our community."

Abney-Bass said this isn't the first time Digiovanna donated meals to the Jesus Center.

Digiovanna wants any organization that could help him help others to just reach out to him.

You can contact La Cocina Economica at 530-809-0370.

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