ALAMEDA, Calif. – Alameda is about to launch a brand new program the place the town pays one native restaurant every week to organize 90 scorching, nutritious meals for people who find themselves homeless or escaping home violence.
It’s known as “Feed Alameda.” It means more money coming in for about 40 native eating places together with, Speisekammer, a German restaurant on the town.
The restaurant was picked by lottery to be among the many first to organize 90 particular person scorching meals starting subsequent week. Town pays $25 for every meal.
“That is $2,000 value of gross sales. And all palms on deck that day. It’s fairly an operation to place collectively 90 meals on the identical time. I feel everybody will be ok with it and it’s a day’s work,” mentioned Cindy Kahl, co-owner of Speisekammer.
Earlier than the pandemic, the restaurant had 44 folks working there. Now Kahl mentioned it’s lower than 10.
“All of final week we made as a lot as used to on a Friday,” Kahl mentioned.
“That is just a bit approach to assist ship slightly funding stream to maintain them in enterprise,” mentioned Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft.
The mayor mentioned she bought the concept after taking part in a video convention of U.S. mayors.
Dozens of homeless folks may even profit by getting a takeout dinner from a neighborhood restaurant, says the director of a non-profit program that works with those that have virtually nothing.
“The power to offer a very good contemporary scorching meal, a home-cooked meal is so important to our unsheltered. So I am simply so grateful for this system,” mentioned Joey Harrison, govt director of the Village of Love.
Town has launched a Gofundme web page to assist maintain this system going. To this point it has raised near $24,000.