With essential services personnel working around the clock and risking their own health to care for others, two local entrepreneurs wanted to find a way to show thanks. They also wanted to support local restaurants that are struggling to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Feed the Frontline is their way of addressing both issues.
Christoph Marrow and Michael Tran are the cofounders of Pacific Poke and the team behind the new initiative.
“Now more than ever before, it is crucial we all come together as a community to get through this difficult period,” the two say on their GoFundMe page. “By supporting us you are purchasing meals for the frontline workers and also giving a chance to businesses ensuring they will be able to stay open, so when we do get through this together so we can all enjoy the places we love again.”
All funds raised go toward meals that the two are purchasing at participating restaurants at discounted rates. For every $50 donated, they’re able to produce 10 meals.
So far, restaurants include Heritage Asian Eatery, OEB Breakfast Co., Pacific Poke, BierCraft, Mucho burrito (Davie Street), Rocky Mountain Flatbread, and Caffe Umbria.
The team is currently delivering meals daily to Vancouver General Hospital, St Paul’s hospital, and the Lynn Valley Care Centre, coordinating with senior staff for safe practices.
Everyone from clinicians, nurses, and technicians to security guards and janitors is getting fed.
With more donations and volunteers, the team hopes to expand throughout Metro Vancouver and serve other facilities battling COVID-19.
“We want to give a HUGE thank you to all of our front-line clinicians and responders working to keep us all healthy and safe,” the page says. “And to our friends in the restaurant industry, this is an unprecedented and brutal time for them.
“Let's come together to support the heroes on the frontline and our local businesses as well.”
More info is at Feed the Frontline.