“Adrian Fontes first understood what he was contributing to the community soon after opening his grocery and convenience store in May 2012.
“A ‘scroungy looking kid’ rode his skateboard up to Bodega 420 — the shop on Roosevelt and Fifth streets that Fontes co-owns with wife Mona Fontes and John Sagasta — and picked out two potatoes and a yam from the back of the store. He handed Fontes a ‘crumpled up little dollar bill,’ 50 cents for the yam and 25 cents for each potato, and left.
“Fontes never saw the boy again, but the experience stuck with him. He wondered where else the boy might have gone for food if Bodega 420 had not been there.”