Sauce Magazine – 13 efforts giving back to St. Louis health care workers

13 Efforts That Give Back to St. Louis Healthcare Workers

Many St. Louis restaurants and businesses have found ways to serve nurses, doctors, and other health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. From food and coffee donations to takeaway cocktails, restaurants are getting more creative and offering opportunities to help the frontline staff. (Click on each company’s link for more information on how to donate.)

Juniper partnered with Knead Bakehouse to create something Medication meals, who donates meals to those who work in the healthcare sector. Over 20 restaurants, including Salt + Smoke, Elmwood, and Pickles Deli, are currently accepting donations for the program to purchase meals for employees at Barnes-Jewish, Missouri Baptist, Mercy, and other hospitals.

“We started with 15 meals twice a day for four days and 30 meals twice a day for four days the following week,” said John Perkins, Executive Chef at Juniper. “This week we’re doing it seven days a week. The growth is largely based on the fact that people have been very generous. It’s a win-win situation for both of them. The idea is that donations go to restaurants that help keep staff busy. This is a great benefit for restaurants during times of reduced income. ”

The effort has already resulted in thousands of meals being donated, with many more to come.

“We made over 600 meals only from Juniper,” said Perkins. “Mission [Taco Joint] made nearly 2,000, and in all restaurants we’re in the 3,500 range. Next week we’ll grow exponentially because we’ve finally connected many of these restaurants to hospitals, which logistically took a little longer than expected. ”

Marsh coffee accepts donations to buy coffee for healthcare workers. Customers who wish to donate can choose from three local locations including neurology, labor and delivery, and emergency rooms at Barnes Jewish hospitals. Donations with a purchase price between $ 3 and $ 50 can be made at

They keep us afloat and at the same time support the people on the front lines, ”said Scott Carey, owner of Sump Coffee. “There is something comforting, familiar, and secure about coffee. We’ll wait until we’ve hit the $ 50 level and then bring an entire coffee setup. Sometimes we throw in a few extra items, like instant coffee or our cold brew cans. ”

Each shipment contains a 96-ounce container of coffee, cartons of plant-based milk, coffee beans, mugs and more. So far, Sump Coffee has donated around $ 1,800Coffee worth six different deliveries to Barnes-Jewish Hospitals.

The last hotel has also donated meals to those who work in hospitals and first responders in St. Louis. Working with the E&J Gallo winery and its business development manager, Kendall Kraus, the hotel donated 30 pizzas to local firefighters and 36 meals to St. Luke’s Hospital. Additionally, The Last Hotel, in partnership with Still630, has donated 230 meals to first responders, including a free container of hand sanitizer with each meal.

“We knew we were important to keep us open,” said Food and Drink Director Will Rogers. “We want to stay active in the community.”

Three kings public house collects donations for meals to be donated to hospitals. When ordering takeaway, customers can select a $ 10, $ 25, $ 50, or $ 100 donation to purchase a meal that the restaurant will deliver. Three Kings also hosted school spirit fundraising nights, where a percentage of each tab was donated towards meal purchases. To date, approximately $ 5,000 has been donated to purchase meals for health care workers.

Narwhal is made, known for frozen cocktails, donates hundreds of their drinks to health care workers. On social media, they invited customers to nominate friends and family in the healthcare sector for a free frozen cocktail. To nominate someone, visit Narwhal’s Crafted on Instagram or Facebook.

Bubba’s Deli accepts donations to send meals to first responders and health care workers in various hospitals. Customers have purchased meals for nurses and doctors in Barnes-Jewish, St. Anthony’s, the Tendrils Jordan Pediatric Bridge, and Mercy Hospital. Some customers have even single-handedly donated over 50 sandwiches to the cause at a time, raising over $ 3,000 worth of meals in the past month.

Drunk fishThe Central West End location has partnered with Sysco to provide meals to health care workers. From April 30th to May 21st, health care workers can enjoy a free meal at Drunken Fish every Thursday from 12pm to 6pm. For a free meal, bring a recent pay slip, business card, or uniform. The meal includes a California bun, salad, and fries. Every health care worker is included in this promotion. Call 314-367-4222 30 minutes before pickup.

Ukraine has also started delivering meals to frontline workers both in their homes and in hospitals such as St. Luke’s and Barnes-Jewish. Efforts, which began Thursday April 23, raised $ 7,500 as early as Friday April 24.

“The list of beneficiaries is growing,” said owner Matt Ratz. “We’ll take everything. We want to help these frontline healthcare workers, but we wanted to expand our reach to include people who are being forgotten, like veterans and people with mental illness or addictions. All of our meals are microwaveable so they don’t need to be eaten right away. “

Clementine’s naughty and nice dairy farm delivers 100 pints of ice cream to health care workers and first responders every Friday. Cardinal Glennon Hospital and St. Vincent’s Home for Children are just two of the many places Clementine’s has donated to date.

Kaldi’s coffee donates coffee bags to first responders and healthcare workers. Kaldi’s has created a special coffee blend called Gratitude Blend, the proceeds of which will go to the Gateway Resilience Fund. Nurses, doctors, and first responders have been given over 100 bags of the gratitude mix to brew at work or take home.

Ces and Judys Catering is another local company that donates meals to local heroes. After the company donated meals to police officers, firefighters and healthcare workers at Mercy Hospital, its customers wanted to make a contribution. Meals can be purchased for $ 10, and deliveries to specific teams of healthcare workers and first responders are available. The catering company also recently launched Ces & Judy’s kitchen door, offering touch-free pickup and delivery.

The St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce raises money for member restaurants to help care for healthcare workers through its Carryout for la Comunidad initiative. This program purchases restaurant meals to be donated to health care workers and patient families in Barnes-Jewish and Affinia hospitals.

Food for the front, of The Link Market has already raised over 1,200 food donations from restaurants such as Seoul Taco and Balkan Treat Box. Each donation of $ 10 equals one meal.

Erin Killion is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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