Coronavirus: Montreal Meals Bloggers Assist Native Eating places Provide Frontline Employees – Montreal

As the coronavirus pandemic hit and restaurants were forced to close or restrict operations for either takeout and delivery, a group of Montreal food bloggers started thinking outside the box.

They found a way to help restaurants switch while also supporting health workers.


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“We couldn’t do our reviews, which we really enjoy doing as a team, so we developed this initiative. It’s called Feed the Heroes MTL, ”said Sevan Apanian, one of the three bloggers behind Jacky Eats MTL.

“You can’t stay home and risk your life so we’d like to thank you.”

Once the food bloggers get a donation, they’ll find a group of health workers on the front lines and then match them with a restaurant, which then creates a menu of vegetarian and vegan options.

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“From a logistical point of view, that’s a lot of work,” says Apanian. “We make sure the right number of meals are delivered to the right place at the right time.” They also deliver in the evenings and overnight to ensure that all employees can enjoy the benefits.

Donors can even suggest a specific health team they want to help.

The group raised nearly $ 15,000 through a GoFundMe campaign and other community donations. With the help of several restaurants and catering companies, they have already delivered more than 2,500 meals to hospitals across the city.

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Meal costs, between $ 5 and $ 7, are covered by the donations, but the restaurants prepare the food for free.

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“We are lovingly preparing 250 meals for Santa Cabrini Hospital today, just to give back to the heroes who fight for us every day while protecting the rest of the world,” said Michael Barone, owner and chef at Ahuntsic Restaurant La Molisana.

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The pandemic has forced the family-run restaurant to cut down on operating hours, but the new initiative is helping to keep employees working – and it’s worth it, says Barone.

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Food delivery to the Santa Cabrini Hospital.

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“It’s not the first time; it won’t be the last, ”said Barone of attending Feed the Heroes MTL.

The donor behind the recent delivery to Santa Cabrini frontline workers is someone who has seen firsthand how COVID-19 is affecting elderly Montreal residents.

Giovanni Migliara owns Groupe Excellence, which operates five senior residences, three of which are in the east of the city near Santa Cabrini.

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“I wanted to give them back and, frankly, they were great. You have done so much for our seniors, ”said Migliara.

“They are guardian angels for all of us.”

The Santa Cabrini health care workers welcomed the meals with open arms and of course kept their distance.

“Such gestures really mean a lot to everyone,” says internal medicine specialist Dr. Daniel Kaud. “The team really appreciates that and we have the feeling that the community takes care of us.”

DR. Daniel Kaud.

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Kaud is part of the intensive care unit and has been sleeping in the hospital basement for weeks.

“It was difficult,” he said. “I haven’t really seen my kids up close, I haven’t been able to hold them for the past two months.”

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