A special drive-thru program held by Caruso at The Grove on May 16 resulted in funds for 21,000 meals being donated to Para Los Niños, a Skid Row-based nonprofit that provides education and support to over 6,000 vulnerable children and families each year.

Caruso opened The Grove’s Main Street to vehicles on May 16, allowing them to drive through the property for the first time in its 18 year history. Caruso brought its Miramar food truck from the Rosewood Miramar Beach resort in Montecito. The truck offered a special menu by Executive Chef Massimo Falsini that included Hank’s Double Diamond burger, tacos, fried chicken sandwiches and flavored waters from Caruso’s official water partner, Icelandic Glacial.

In keeping with Caruso’s spirit of philanthropy and giving back to the community, the goal was to donate one meal to Para Los Niños for every meal sold during the drive-thru experience. However, due to the extraordinary response, Caruso decided to donate 100% of sales to the nonprofit, resulting in support for 21,000 meals to help feed individuals in need.

“The Carusos’ dedication to supporting our organization and our families has spanned more than two decades. We are enormously grateful to be a part of the first ever drive through at The Grove as our children, families and youth are some of the hardest hit by the disruptions caused by COVID-19,” said Drew Furedi, president and CEO of Para Los Niños. “Thanks to the continued support from Rick and Tina Caruso and the generous donations made through the Caruso Family Foundation during this time, we are able to provide a lifeline for these families in need.”

The Grove is located at 189 The Grove Dr. For information, visit thegrovela.com.