First Bite has been using its platform to raise funds and support the restaurant industry and the community as a whole. Starting in 2019, it began with Two for Tuesday in which finds were raised for Boulder County Farmers Market, Conscious Alliance, Growing Gardens, Resource Central, and Sister Carmen. In 2020 with Covid creating a situation where the restaurant industry was closed for dining, First Bite wrote and published a cookbook with recipes from local chefs to create A Bite of Boulder. The book took recipes submitted by chefs and restaurants in Boulder County and donated 10% of the proceeds to the participating restaurants. The book continues to be carried by a selection of retailers and online bringing those proceeds to the participants still. In 2021 when the 10-day dining event was able to be held again, the nonprofit component was Dine Out to Give Back, donating a percentage of all delivery orders made through Nosh during the week to the Emergency Family Assistance Association.
When Boulder County felt the aftermath of The Marshall Fire, First Bite felt strongly about finding a way to help those impacted, and without an active event to use as a platform for it, instead, Food is Love was born giving space to raise funds year-round. Together they worked with restaurants and raised over $12,900 in purchased gift cards to local restaurants that were given to families affected by the fires in the Boulder Valley School District. The Food is Love campaign also took a percentage of the event proceeds from First Bite’s inaugural First Sip weekend in April and will continue to grow and evolve to support the ever-changing needs of Boulder County and the local food community at large.