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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Real Food for Kids: Chefs Feeding Families meals program is going mobile.
Using delivery vans and trucks funded by donations from generous individuals, community organizations and sponsors, the Chefs Feeding Families initiative will be able to transport meals directly from participating restaurants to locations accessible by families in underserved neighborhoods in the Washington, D.C.-area.
Starting today, Chefs Feeding Families will deliver meals from Arlington’s Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery to two Arlington, Va., locations — Westover Baptist Church and the Clubhouse at Arlington Ridge Apartments — on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Beginning on Thursday, May 28, the initiative will deliver meals from Pizzeria Paradiso on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. to a location in Fairfax City and a future site to be determined in the D.C. area.
“By providing meal distribution locations closer to communities experiencing the greatest need, we are removing obstacles, such as distance and lack of transportation, and making it easier for families in need to access nutritious, free meals for their children,” said Jenn Yates, executive director of Real Food for Kids. “With additional donations and restaurant collaborators, we can keep meeting this growing need and feed more D.C. area neighbors during this difficult time for children and their families.”
Also, Chefs Feeding Families is working on plans to deliver meals to additional neighborhoods in Alexandria and Fairfax County, Va., through local catering company Design Cuisine. Owner of American Son at DC’s Eaton Hotel Tim Ma is collaborating with the initiative to prepare and deliver at least 1,000 meals a week in neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., in June. Final details about these delivery locations and start times will be released soon.
Monetary support is greatly needed for Chefs Feeding Families to continue serving more nutritious, nourishing grab-and-go meals to families in need in the D.C. metro area and help restaurant workers return to work — one position at a time. To make a contribution as an individual, community organization or corporation to this effort and to learn more about the initiative’s work, donors should visit https://www.realfoodforkids.org/chefs-feeding-families/.
Since March 17, the Chefs Feeding Families initiative has served more than 30,000 free meals to families in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Donations raised cover the cost of food, supplies and restaurant staff to feed as many families as possible.
About Real Food for Kids: Chefs Feeding Families
Real Food for Kids: Chefs Feeding Families is a joint project with Washington, D.C., metro area restaurants to provide nourishing grab-and-go meals to families impacted by closed schools and job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-founded by Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Va., and Real Food for Kids, Chefs Feeding Families provides funding for food, supplies and restaurant staff to feed as many families as possible and create employment opportunities within the restaurant community also impacted by COVID-19 closures. Visit www.realfoodforkids.org/chefsfeedingfamilies to find the latest information about meal availability in your area and learn how to provide more meals for families in need.