Small businesses give back despite their own struggles

Patricia Li
Undeterred by the grave impact of the enhanced community quarantine on their businesses, these restaurants step up to support healthcare workers

FRONTLINERS. Recipients of Project Nourish at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. Photo courtesy of The Moment Group. For more than a decade now, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been the backbone of the Asian economy. But during this health crisis, they have experienced some of the worst setbacks, not only financially, but also in terms of operations. 

They didn’t just shorten their operating hours, they also had to limit their distribution because of the strict takeout policy, and use their personal money to help take care of their employees. 

Despite all these, many small restaurants still manage to stretch their resources even further to help support frontliners. Below are just some of the restaurants that have launched their feeding projects during the quarantine. 

Sweet Ecstasy’s meals for riders and couriers

SWEET X MEALS. Photo of a Grab courier claiming free food from Sweet Ecstasy. Photo courtesy of Monica Tobias.

Sweet Ecstasy, stylized as Sweet X, reserves one day a week to order around a hundred meals or more for riders, couriers, or anyone else that comes by their branches and could use a meal.

Asked more about their feeding program, co-founder Monica Tobias answered, “We’re just doing our small part to help out. It’s not even really a feeding program. It’s just something we wanted to do for the community.”

The meals they provide aren’t exclusively from their own restaurants either. Sweet X is proud of its two-pronged support. “We feed the riders that are overworked – hustling all over town to serve our city,” said Monica, “and we get to support other local restaurants by purchasing meals from a different provider each week.”

You can help support Sweet X’s efforts during the quarantine period. Message them through on Facebook and Instagram accounts.

SWEET X MEALS. Photo of Sweet Ecstasy putting up a sign that the meals provided are free. Photo courtesy of Monica Tobias.

Chicken Chingu’s #ChinguHeroes

CHICKEN CHINGU MEALS. Photo courtesy of Imp Lariego.

Chicken Chingu, a Korean Fried Chicken store, focuses its efforts on getting to frontliners working in hospitals. They deliver their bestselling chicken to healthcare workers, security staff, and facility personnel. 

They prioritize hospitals with the highest coronavirus-positive cases such as The Philippine Heart Center and the Lung Center of the Philippines.

Know more about Chicken Chingu’s project by visiting their Facebook and Instagram pages. 

The Moment Group’s “Project Nourish”

PROJECT NOURISH MEALS. The Moment group provides meals worth P50 each to frontliners. Photo courtesy of Marielle Antonio from The Moment Group.

The Moment Group, home to some of our favorite restaurants such as Manam, Din Tai Fung, 8cuts, and more, launched Project Nourish after ensuring the health and safety of their skeletal workforce. 

As of today, they have cooked and served 70,000 meals to frontliners. Each meal costs P50. Through Project Nourish, the efforts of their central kitchen and delivery team, and the pledges they received, The Moment Group has reached over 60 hospitals and continues to cover 10-15 locations a day.

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Dear Friends of Moment -⁣ ⁣ It has been our great pleasure to cook for our frontliners and give them our support through Project Nourish. Every day of March and April, help came in the form of your generous pledges and warm messages, and it has been so heartening to see our Moment community coming together for those we need to nourish most at this time.⁣ ⁣ We happily share with you today that we will be ending the month of April having together served a total of 53,050 packed meals to 60 clinics, hospitals, shelters, and EQFs in Metro Manila. We have you to thank for that.⁣ ⁣ We must also announce that after today, April 30, save for certain hospitals that have been pledged for on specific dates, we will need to pause Project Nourish and regroup to match our current pace of 2,000+ meals a day. Hopefully, more help will come our way. If you know more people who would like to support Project Nourish and keep it going, please connect them to us. We will keep the details above posted on our social media pages, and now on https://themesshall.momentfood.com/products/frontliner-meal. ⁣ Meantime, we will continue to pray and cheer for our friends on the frontlines in the same spirit of community that we have experienced these past few weeks—and doing so with absolute thankfulness for the hard work they continue to do in order to keep us all safe. Being in touch with them and with you every day, it is our own spirits that have been nourished.⁣ ⁣ As always, we hope you are taking care and keeping safe.⁣ ⁣ Godspeed. ❤️ Team Moment

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To help support Project Nourish, visit The Moment Group’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

PROJECT NOURISH MEALS. San Lazaro Hospital frontliners extend their thanks for the meals provided. Photo courtesy of Marielle Antonio from The Moment Group.

Do you know other restaurants that are helping feed frontliners? Tag them in the comment section!  – Rappler.com

 

Patricia Li

Patricia Li consumes all types of media: mangas, K-dramas, C-dramas, young adult books, and Timothee Chalamet films. She is acidic, but will not let anyone stop her from getting her caffeine fix.