The Como Esta Taqueria in Midtown Palo Alto may be small but it's making a big Christmas gesture Dec. 24.
Between 3 and 6 p.m. it will be serving chicken dinners to 300 families with children who have been identified as economically hard-pressed this season.
"We decided since we have a kitchen and a staff let's use it to give the gift of food to create a moment of joy to our local families and children, instead of using it for profit," Como Esta owner Ani Safavi said. "This is our passion and mission and we are looking forward to meeting the families."
Safavi teamed up with the nonprofit organization Moms Against Poverty (www.momsagainstpoverty.org) to identify local families in need. They worked with principals at three East Palo Alto schools to distribute food vouchers to the families.
Safavi said one principal said to her: "I wish I could have videotaped the joy on the children's faces."
She also is inviting patrons to drop by new unwrapped toys before Dec. 24 for an extra touch for the children. Como Esta is located at 2605 Middlefield Road, in Palo Alto's Midtown area.