Humanitarian Serves Up 1 Millionth Meal During Pandemic

Humanitarian Sir Bruno Serato has just served his 1 millionth meal to families who are suffering economic challenges posed by COVID-19. He started a nonprofit in 2005 that typically feeds 5,000 hungry children each day, but the pandemic has stepped up the demand multifold.

Humanitarian and restaurateur Sir Bruno Serato has just served up his 1 millionth meal to families who are suffering economic challenges posed by COVID-19. Serato is well known for starting a nonprofit in 2005 that today feeds some 5,000 hungry children each day. The need has grown multifold since the early days of the pandemic, leaving Serato’s Caterina’s Club charity working around the clock to meet the need. Now, he’s seeing hundreds of families in need each evening who line up in their cars to receive cooked pasta meals and bags of groceries.

For comparison’s sake, it took Caterina’s club 10 years (2005-2015) to serve 1 million meals, yet it only took a few months (since the pandemic began) to reach that same milestone.

Headquartered in Southern California, Caterina’s Club reaches Orange, LA and San Diego counties. Serato’s influence has extended far beyond the local area to include Chicago, New York, Texas, Mexico and Italy. His nonprofit also helps families escape living in drug, and crime-infested motels and into safer, cleaner and permanent housing. His Hospitality Program seeks to divert at-risk high school students by introducing them to opportunities in the food, hospitality and service industries.

For his humanitarian work, Serato has earned international publicity including profiles in People Magazine, CBS, NBC, CNN as well as newspapers and magazines the world over. Among his many honors: CNN Hero, knighted by the Italian government, knighted by the House of Savoy, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Papal blessing by Pope Francis, humanitarian award on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, and numerous proclamations, Man of the Year awards and other forms of recognition — all of which he accepts to generate public awareness of the needs of our most vulnerable population – our children.

Caterina’s Club is always seeking donations of tomato sauce and pasta for its food distribution program as well as socks and undergarments for children ages 4-18. For more information or to make a donation to Caterina’s Club, visit


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