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What does Feed the Frontlines Miami do?
Feed the Frontlines Miami provides free, delicious meals to Miami and Estero health care professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and keeps restaurant workers on the job.
If I am a medical professional in Miami or Estrero, how can I get free meals for my colleagues and myself?
If you are a medical professional working with a COVID-19 team, please go to the page labeled For Medical Professionals and fill out a request form at least 24 hours prior to the desired delivery time and no later than 4pm the day before. Someone from the Feed the Frontlines Miami team will get back to you in a timely manner. Please note that we fill orders for a minimum of 30 meals.
How do I buy a meal or lots of meals? Can I designate where I want the meals to go?
Go to the Buy Meals page and purchase meals there on a one-time, weekly or monthly basis. You may choose which facility you want your meals to go to in the drop down menu under “Designation Label” and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
How did Feed the Frontlines Miami get started?
After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic we began bringing food to frontline workers at hospitals, police departments and fire stations, who have been working around the clock to treat individuals impacted by the virus—often at great risk to their own personal health.
However, on March 17th, 2020, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez mandated that all Miami-Dade County restaurants and bars close except for take-out and deliveries as part of the effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past weeks we have had to shut down one of our three locations and, most painfully, put in pause 120 of our wonderful employees. We are fighting to keep the other two locations open by focusing on take-out and deliveries, but the volume of orders has to ramp up for us to stay open. Now more than ever we want to continue helping frontline workers, but our efforts can only go so far at this moment when the need is so great and our restaurants so impacted.
Coincidentally, we received a message from one of our generous vendors, Mercato Italiano, who passed along an effort being implemented in NYC by a former colleague and now we are bringing that model to Miami. Feed the Frontlines NYC was created by Luca Di Pietro to help his family’s restaurants and New York City's health care workers on the frontlines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. One of Luca’s friends ordered 40 dinners from Tarallucci e Vino, which they delivered to the hardworking ER staff at NYU Langone. The idea planted the seed for Feed the Frontlines NYC—an initiative to get more generous contributors to buy meals from restaurants around the city to be delivered to first responders.
How do I know the food is safe?
All the meals at Divieto Ristorante are prepared in accordance with Department of Health guidelines for hygiene and safety, and following WHO procedures for spread prevention. Each medical professional receives an individually packaged meal, and a wrapped set of utensils with a napkin.
Who funds Feed the Frontlines Miami?
Generous people like you: individuals, families, school groups, teams, businesses, anyone who wants to nourish medical professionals fighting coronavirus and keep restaurant workers employed.
Why do medical professionals need free meals now?
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting remarkable stress on the healthcare system in all Florida. Thousands of Floridians are hospitalized with the disease, which makes some patients so sick that they require around-the-clock intensive care, including ventilation, for several weeks. Caring for patients with COVID-19 is very difficult. It requires, among other important things, stamina. COVID teams tell us they have little to no time to remove layers and layers of protective gear, place food orders or leave their units to find something to eat. Good nutrition at regular intervals helps keep medical professionals healthy so they can help their patients survive the disease.
How many meals are you delivering each day?
We've just launch this initiative so right now we are delivering on average 150 meals per day. We could and want to do more but we have to have the money to pay for the meals and with your kind contribution we hope to deliver around 800 meals a day.
Are there Feed the Frontlines outside of Miami?
Shortly after Luca di Pietro launched Feed the Frontlines NYC, his friend Adair Roberts started Feed the Frontlines Toronto, and his friend Char Joslin started the Feed the Frontlines Boston and Kylie Frame, contacted Luca from Mill Valley, California, to launch her own Feed the Frontlines Marin, and now that organization is off and running! They all operate separately but have similar logos and branding and function in similar, though not identical, ways.
Is Feed the Frontlines Miami a nonprofit with 501c3 status?
No, we are a small, for-profit business.
Do you have any social media accounts I can follow?
Yes, we are on:
Who gets the meals? Where are the deliveries going?
Medical professionals caring for COVID-19 patients are receiving free meals daily at hospitals around Miami and Estero Florida.
So far we have delivered to:
Doral First Responders
Kendall Regional Emergency Room Doral
Lee Health Coconut Point Estero Florida
Three Oks Police Department Estero Florida
Mount Sinai Aventura
Mount Sinai Hialeah
Jackson Memorial Hospital
University of Miami Hospital
Where did you come up with the price of the meals?
The price of meals includes the cost of food, wages, and delivery.
Is Divieto Ristorante the only restaurant involved in Miami?
For the time being, yes. As we raise more funds, we hope to bring in more partners so more restaurant employees can return to work.
Are there other ways to help?
Pool resources for purchases, as some school communities in the city and college sports teams are already doing. Spread the word about Feed the Frontlines Miami to family, friends and foodies. Follow us and share our social media posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Why are you guys doing this?
When all this started, we were just trying to keep the lights on and we were thinking hard about what to do in this time of crisis. The easiest thing to do would have been to give up and shut down, but we didn't give up. We started supporting our employees with pantries and bringing food to our local first responders but soon realized we wanted and needed to do more. We want to feed the frontlines, the health workers that are fighting to keep Miami safe and healthy from COVID-19, but we can't go at it alone. We need your help to help them while helping our own employees stay working and earning during these difficult times.