The coronavirus pandemic has shown how we’re all connected—something that players in the dining industry know all too well, including those at The Hungry Post, a restaurant recommendation platform that covers Miami dining news.
More recent dining restrictions, The Hungry Post managing editor Andrea Becerra says, have made operations more difficult for restaurants—creating ripple effects throughout the community.
“This will affect so many families and it’s not just the restaurant owners and their staff,” she says. “It’s the PR agencies, purveyors, distributors, farmers, drivers and their families too. It’s a chain effect.
“In terms of the distribution of produce, restaurants are buying less from their purveyors because their sales have decreased. Our supply chain is not fully equipped to redistribute surplus crops to feed those that are struggling to survive. Food is going to waste while millions are facing increased food insecurity.”
So while the pandemic continues, The Hungry Post is continuing its campaign #FeedTheChain, which launched in April. Through #FeedTheChain, The Hungry Post purchases $10 meals from restaurants, donating those meals to frontline workers as well as organizations such as Lotus House and Camillus House. Through #FeedtheChain, The Hungry Post has worked with Miami restaurants such as Zak the Baker, Harry’s Pizzeria by Michael Schwartz, Islas Canarias, Rincon Argentino and Eating House as well as newer additions Lolo’s Surf Cantina and Azabu Miami Beach.
The Hungry Post has so far donated 1,200 meals to healthcare workers, and women and children suffering from homelessness. Plus, donations and grants have been keeping #FeedTheChain going, including $5,000 from the Miami-Dade County Community Resilience Prize through the Desai Sethi Foundation. In fact, its success prompted the launch of the campaign in The Hungry Post NYC, helping those in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area.
“Being involved in the Feed the Chain initiative has been extremely rewarding for me as a chef and as a person,” says Giorgio Rapicavoli, chef/owner of Eating House. “Being able to provide meals to those that are in need as well as continue providing jobs for the crew at eating house is an unbelievable feeling.”
In the meantime, The Hungry Posts is encouraging everyone to pitch in feeding the chain. Restaurants interested in participating in #FeedTheChain, can email [email protected]. Or help The Hungry Post reach its $100,000 fundraising goal of $100,000, click here.