The general manager of El Five, Issac Krejci (left), hands over to the DPS family Charles Peterson, his wife Dayane in the passenger seat and their daughter Kaily (4) and Kaily’s grandmother Dolly Prout on Tuesday in the parking lot of the El Five restaurant in Denver, Colorado, boxes of groceries, March 31, 2020. The team at Edible Beats, a company owned by El Five, is handing out meals to DPS families and former employees. (Photo by Hyoung Chang / The Denver Post)

A group of members of the Boulder community donated $ 200,000 Monday to help keep a handful of restaurants running while preparing meals for medical staff.

Feed the Frontlines Boulder organizers hope to double their initial investment and raise $ 400,000 to provide meals to health care providers for two months. They also created a template for others to follow suit in cities across Colorado.

In Denver, the dining group behind Tap & Burger, Señor Bear, Mister Oso, Bar Dough, Morin and Ash’Kara created the Nancy Fund to feed more than 300 employees daily and continue to care for many of them across the healthcare sector .

The Nancy Fund was named after a client who donated the first $ 14,000. He has now raised more than $ 55,000.

At a downtown Denver sandwich and wine store, Leven Deli, customers who order takeaway through a walk-in window can also donate meals to first aiders. You can buy sandwiches, salads, and cookies to feed five or ten frontline workers for $ 66 to $ 132.

These are just a few of the restaurant dining programs that can be used during the coronavirus shutdown. Many of the companies involved continue to offer daily roadside delivery and collection for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here are a dozen current initiatives to help feed the people during the coronavirus shutdown.

Feeding Health Care Workers in Colorado

Feed the front lines To date, more than $ 230,000 has been raised serving meals for medical providers at Boulder Community Health for more than 30 days. The non-profit partners work with Boulder restaurants Salt, Big Red F Restaurant Group, Kitchen Next Door, Japango, Blackbelly, Santo and Community Kitchen Table. All proceeds go to the restaurant staff.

Send goods to health care workers is a smaller initiative by Jubilee Roasting Co. in collaboration with Patter Bar, Third Culture Bakery, Annette and Stowaway Kitchen. Donations range from $ 2.50 for a cup of coffee to $ 11 for a full meal. “We work closely with our local hospitals to find the people most in need,” says the Jubilee website.

Feeding Colorado Heroes raised more than $ 10,000 (from a $ 25,000 goal) to provide meals to Denver hospital workers. So far, they have fed emergency rooms and critical care workers at Denver Health and North Suburban. On average, a donation of $ 100 will feed 12 people. The organizer Prim Communications has teamed up with Restaurant Olivia and Encore Catering for the first week of delivery.

Frontline Foods Denver is part of a national program with currently 10 spin-offs in cities across the country. To kick off the Denver launch, The Bindery is donating 100 meals to the Swedish Medical Center this week. Restaurants, donors, and hospitals interested in participating can register on the Frontline Foods website. A $ 50 donation supplies a team of three hospital workers, while a $ 500 donation supplies a small emergency room or intensive care unit.

Feed restaurant workers

Restaurant worker assistance is a program by Safta in partnership with Lee Initiative, a restaurant worker aid program, and Maker’s Mark. Safta is distributing up to 300 take-away meals and housewares to recently laid-off restaurant workers seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Source Hotel. Qualified individuals may head to the Source Market Hall parking lot for a meal during this period until supplies are depleted.

Friends & family meal offers unemployed hotel employees from the Zeppelin Station and its various providers take-away meals. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., eligible persons can send their full name, telephone number and email address to 716-262-9834 and collect the meal from outside the dining room. Those interested in participating or donating can check the nonprofit’s Facebook page for updates.

Operation family dinner offers meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in participating restaurants and dining rooms such as Avanti, Quiero Arepas, Olivia, Il Posto, American Elm and Sloans Lake Tap & Burger. Unemployed people must bring ID and proof of previous hospitality work. The program is coordinated by Chow, a non-profit hospitality wellness organization that also provides online counseling services from Khesed Wellness.

Colorado family dinner With the help of local chefs Adam Vero and Jeff Hickman, will prepare three meals for every $ 10 donation. The Colorado Bartenders Guild is behind the effort, delivering meals on Wednesdays and Saturdays from a pick-up location pre-determined on the group’s website. This week’s location is Pony Up. Customers must fill out a form two days prior to each service.

Feed others in need

Denver Metro Emergency Food NetworkThe goal is to raise $ 25,000 by April 12th 50,000 meals will be served to families and elderly people in need by the end of the month. A $ 25 donation provides four meals while a $ 100 donation provides 20 meals. Local food partners include Bondadosa, the Comal Heritage Food Incubator, Lost City Denver, Rosenbergs Bagels, and products from The Fresh Guys. Anyone interested in donating or joining the waiting list to receive deliveries can contact

Edible beats Restaurants (Linger, Root Down, El Five, Ophelia’s, and Vital Root) currently serve 250 meals a night for children and their families from five Denver public schools: Brown, Edison & Sandoval; Trevista; Whittier; Colombians and Bryant-Webster. Any food from the program that is not picked up will be donated the next day to Urban Peak, which helps teenagers who are homeless on the subway. The Vital Root team will also start breakfast on the Anschutz Medical Campus next week.

Colorado restaurant answerThe goal is to have more than 225,000 ready-to-eat meals and more than 100 restaurant employees in Colorado by the end of the shutdown. If successful, at least 10 restaurant kitchens will reopen. This group also works with the Metro Emergency Food Network and the local nonprofit Bondadosa.

Cherry cricket will donate one meal for every take away or delivery meal sold starting April 3rd. Customers buying a meal for themselves can request to donate a second meal to “someone who needs it – a grandparent, neighbor, hospital worker, teacher, friend – anyone who could use a meal that is currently being delivered, ”said a cricket representative. Meals consist of foods that can be easily shared and reheated for leftovers.

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