St John Nonprofit Does Enterprise By Serving to Firms With Pandemics – NBC 6 South Florida
The kitchen at Boia De, a restaurant in St John, was full on a Tuesday afternoon. There was a special sandwich on the menu for the customer to pick up free of charge.
“It feels great to be giving something back to the community,” said chef and owner Alex Meyer.
He and his partner opened their little restaurant a little over a year ago, and business was booming quickly, but the pandemic changed everything. Now the company is doing everything it can to keep all employees busy.
The St John chapter of a nonprofit called Food Rescue US is helping Meyer’s Restaurant and others run a small business and fund food distribution.
At the same time, the organization helps those who are concerned with food insecurity.
On that day, this free sandwich at Boia De meets two different needs of the community.
“We actually fund the restaurants to open, pay their employees, and provide food to be spent as free meals,” said Ellen Bowen, site director of Food Rescue US in St John.
To date, an estimated 38,000 meals have been served in the St John area, and that number is growing, according to Bowen.
If you would like to help this initiative with a donation, please visit the Food Rescue US website.