Today, over 30 restaurants, cafes and other culinary destinations will donate a portion of their sales to Mission Graduates, a non-profit organization that helps Mission District youth prepare for and complete a college education. Called Food For Thought, the event, according to organizers, offers diners an easy way to contribute to the educational cause while enjoying some of their favorite restaurants. Each participating business will contribute 25 percent or more of their sales to the organization.

This year’s lineup includes Bi-Rite Creamery, Commonwealth, Foreign Cinema, Little Star Pizza, Maverick, Mission Beach Café, Range and Spencer on the Go.

Thanks to proceeds generated from last year’s Food For Thought, Mission Graduates was able to offer a five-week summer program to over 100 children grades K-5, pilot the College Bound ambassador program enabling teens to act as mentors to younger kids and helped secure over $250,000 in college scholarships to support high school students and their families, according to the event’s press release.

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Life-long Bay Area resident Ashwin Seshagiri moved to the Mission last year to pursue journalism professionally. Though at times cynical about the familiar haunts, he manages to uncover delightful surprises in the neighborhood’s interiors. When he’s not exploring, Seshagiri might be found playing bocce ball at Precita Park or making the devilish drive down Route 1 to Half Moon Bay.

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