Carioca Bowls Announces Fundraiser for Black Resilience Fund
Portland’s authentic açaí café pledges 10% of weekend sales to organization
PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 14, 2020) –– Carioca Bowls, Portland’s authentic açaí café, has announced an upcoming fundraiser for the Black Resilience Fund. The Brazilian-themed café has pledged to donate 10% of all sales earned at its two Portland locations on Sept. 19 and 20, 2020. Carioca Bowls is located at 827 NE Alberta Street and at 1645 NW 21st Avenue.
The Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders, from delivery grocery boxes, to performing car and household repairs, to providing $300 in emergency cash for basic necessities like housing, utilities and medical expenses. Cameron Whitten and Salomé Chimuku co-founded the fund in June of this year as a response to the continual and preventable suffering endured by Black communities due to systemic oppression.
“We believe it is our responsibility as a company to stand up for equality, support community members who identify as Black, Indigienous and Persons of Color, and work to end systemic racism,” said Richard Matusow, co-founder of Carioca Bowls. “We appreciate the diversity of neighbors who have supported our cafés over the years, and want to respond in kind by supporting Portland’s Black Lives Matter movement.”
“Fighting against racism every day is a challenge, but seeing neighbors and local businesses like Carioca Bowls show up for Black Portlanders truly nourishes our bodies and our souls,” said Whitten.
Matusow and co-founder Matthew Lau opened their first Carioca Bowls in 2015 on Alberta Street and their second location last fall in Slabtown. Both cafés offer a quintessential açaí sensory experience with warm, vivid colors, inspired tropical settings and delicious Brazilian flavors. Carioca Bowls offers healthy açaí meals, homemade Pão de Queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), and a selection of other options including avocado toast and toast with JEM nut butters. This fall, look for the return of warmer offerings, including savory Samba bowls – a vegan take on a popular Brazilian feijoada stew – and grounding Kitchari bowls.
Both Carioca Bowl locations remain open during the pandemic, offering take-out and sit-down dining with social distancing inside and out. Carioca Bowls Alberta café is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, and features a verdant side garden filled with plenty of seating, sails for shade, and lush tropical foliage. The Slabtown location is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays (closed Tuesdays) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, and offers a tropical courtyard patio as an urban oasis.
The Black Resilience Fund has raised nearly $1.7 million to date and hopes to raise another $100,000 this month in order to serve the 10,200 Black Portlanders who have applied for assistance. Started as a GoFundMe campaign, the Black Resilience Fund has become a program of Brown Hope, a local nonprofit organization and a solution for racial justice.
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