PORTLAND, Oregon (KPTV) — As we navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic, acts of kindness continue to spread in our community, and a breakfast program initiative is here to prove it.
“There’s a lyric in a song you might be familiar with, ‘I get by with a little help from my friends’, we’re very, very grateful,” said Nicholas Delgado, owner and operator of Liv Bowls, a food cart in northeast Portland. .
The solo chef says he recently received a surprising and unexpected order.
“I saw eight caterers arrive by email and I was nervous because I do all of this on my own and sometimes my daughter helps me out, but I wasn’t sure if I could handle 400 meals in a week, plus regular service, but we made it and I’m grateful.
Unbeknownst to Delgado, he had a whole team of first responders in his corner looking to support him.
“We ordered about 180 meals with each order, and we ordered four days,” said Rob McDonald, chief operating officer of American Medical Response.
McDonald tells us that in 2020, AMR launched a lunch program to help feed its first responders in Multnomah County and Clackamas, who were working tirelessly on the front lines.
“It was just a small gesture to say thank you and tell them how much we appreciate them,” McDonald says.
Fast forward to 2021, AMR has decided to pivot its operations, continuing to feed its employees, while lending a helping hand to local small businesses at the same time.
“We were reading about all these local restaurants that are struggling, going through a tough time. Let’s see if we can get some income for them and try to support them a bit,” McDonald says.
24 restaurants, 15 of them local, and 10,000 meals later, local food carts like Liv Bowls can stay afloat with a little token of gratitude.
“February can be one of the slowest months, it’s one of the coldest months, so having this order at the beginning of the month has helped us have a good outlook for the rest of the month. year. We are grateful,” says Delgado.
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