A new pilot program targeting those Las Vegas families most susceptible to COVID-19 — namely grandparents caring for small children — will get meals delivered straight to them.
Honey Salt teamed up with a number of local organizations to create Delivering with Dignity, a program that will take perishable excess food from businesses and restaurants and deliver meals to vulnerable low-income families that may want to avoid visiting a food bank or the grocery store.
“These aren’t FEMA meals. These aren’t cold sandwiches. These are beautiful meals that are ready to serve,” says Elizabeth Blau, the restaurateur behind Honey Salt, the new American restaurant in Rampart Commons.
The program hopes to not only feed these families but reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
“There are a lot of folks trying to run around to every food bank,” says Marilyn Kirkpatrick, the chair of the Clark County Commission, who helped launch the program on Monday. She notes that it’s difficult to get those who are most susceptible to contracting COVID-19 to the food resources they need. “We wanted to do is prepare meals and deliver them with dignity so they don’t have to leave their house,” Fitzpatrick says.
Chefs at Honey Salt made an initial donation of 800 meals delivered to 100 families on Monday via seven volunteer drivers. Las Vegas-based Foster Kinship, the nonprofit that works with relatives and family friends who are raising children who are unable to live safely with their parents, identified the families that received the first meals. Fitzpatrick estimates that 33,000 grandparents are raising children in the Las Vegas area during the coronavirus pandemic.
Marc Marrone’s Graffiti Bao with its Chinese-inspired dishes delivers the next batch of meals.
Those who want to volunteer for the project or request meals can call the United Way of Southern Nevada at 702-892-2300.
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