Postmates Pride x Susan Feniger
Pride Month means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To us, it means supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, a community that we are a part of and one that we are proud of.
This Pride Month we’re honoring all the different kinds of people who make up the LGBTQIA+ community at Postmates, like the people and companies we partner with, as well as the individuals that make up our Fleet and our employees who keep Postmates running.
We traveled to Los Angeles to meet with celebrity chef Susan Feniger, Co-Chef and Owner of Border Grill, and member of the board at the LA LGBT Center, to talk about the creation of the Sweetfin Rainbow Bowl and her experience working with the LGBT community.
“I grew up with my parents always talking about the importance of giving back. My mom worked in a senior living home for many years volunteering her time, and I used to tag along,” Susan said. “I think when Mary-Sue and I opened our restaurant, it was something that we just never gave a second thought to. It was really important that we supported all the different organizations and food events that were happening.”
Susan has been on the LA LGBT Center board for 14 years and has owned Border Grill with business partner Mary Sue Milliken for 35 years. As a member of the LGBT community herself, she has spent her life trying to find ways to help her community. The LA LGBT Center, however, was where she was truly able to take her passion for culinary art, and pour it into her other passion — helping those in need.
“I think at that time what I was most drawn to was the work that was being done [at the LA LGBT Center] with homeless youth,” said Susan. “But we don’t fill anywhere near the need that is out there. There are 6000 youths on the street every day in LA alone, and 40% are of the LGBT community.”
The LA LGBT Center has 140 beds a night that are filled with homeless young LGBTQIA+ people. The LA LGBT Center work with some other organizations for additional beds, but it isn’t enough, Susan describing it as “a drop in the bucket.”
To celebrate Pride and help support the LA LGBT Center, we’ve partnered with Sweetfin and Susan Feniger to create a Rainbow Bowl, of which 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU to help support the LA LGBT Center and its community. The Sweetfin Rainbow Bowl promotion will be running from 6/3/19–6/9/19.
“I think [we should do] whatever we can do to raise awareness anywhere, even in Los Angeles where it’s all so open and free, which I think in many ways it is, but still there’s plenty of discrimination that’s happening here, as it is everywhere. Every little penny helps. Every little bit you can raise helps,” Susan explained, in support of the Sweetfin Rainbow Bowl.
At the LA LGBT Center, $10 feeds one homeless youth for an entire day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you’re not in the LA area during the time of the Rainbow Bowl fundraiser, but would still like to donate, you can do so at the LA LGBT Centers website. Like Susan said, every little bit raised helps.