Over the past few weeks, restaurants have been forced to close their dining areas and lay off most of their staff. Despite the fact that many food vendors are now only offering take-out, some are finding a way to pay it forward to their communities. Many Toronto restaurants are donating food to those who need it most during these trying times.
Whether it be healthcare workers or those who have recently lost their jobs, several restaurants are now offering free meals.Little India, a family-owned restaurant on Queen St., posted that they are now be offering free meals for "people who are in need or those who have lost their jobs." In a recent interview with CBC, they said they have received overwhelming demand, but feel that it is their time to help out the community however they can. "All they have to say: I need a meal," restaurant owner Sri Selvarasa said. "We don't ask questions".Other businesses are also doing their part to support front-line workers of all kinds who need to eat. Maker Pizza in Toronto "are still giving away free small pizzas to Frontline staff," according to their Instagram.
Nando's has also been going above and beyond. According to their website, the popular chicken restaurant has "allocated 50 free meals per restaurant per day for members of the restaurant industry who have been laid off."They have also been delivering free "hot catered meals to hospitals near every Nando's in Canada once a day. And providing free meals to anyone with a valid hospital ID."
Dizzy Sports Pub in Roncesvalles has also posted their support for people in the community.The small business posted on Facebook, and have since also shared on other platforms. "To any neighborhood families who live paycheck to paycheck, can't afford to stock up on food or have come across hard times please reach out. We would be more than happy to work something out with you to help keep your family fed. No cost, no obligations and nobody has to know. Don't be afraid to contact the Dizzy and ask for Chris. Or private message me here," says the post.
Since Toronto restaurants have moved to takeout only, the Dizzy also wrote on their Facebook page that the free meals will include takeout.
This isn't the only thing that Toronto businesses are doing to help out their local communities.
One Toronto Distillery started to makewhich they are giving away for free to seniors and any who can't afford it.
Meanwhile, residents are also showing support for healthcare workers by banging pots and pans on their balconies, every night.