#FEEDTHEHEROES

Join Chef David Burke in the movement to help #feedtheheroes working the front lines in the COVID-19 outbreak in the metro New York and New Jersey area.

David Burke #FeedTheHeroes was created in response to members of our generous community contacting us to see how they could purchase and send meals to healthcare workers and first responders during this critical time. We have coordinated with hospitals and first responders in our community to deliver meals to help them stay healthy and strong against this fight. Your contribution not only helps our heroes, it also helps us stay open to support our employees and the community as a whole.

“In times of crisis we must be resourceful. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And this is what happens when the entrepreneurial and hospitality minds come together. This is exactly what we need to stay positive to beat this virus; we have to work together to come up with solutions,” said Burke. “Please join us in the fight to keep the frontlines of this epidemic fed, while also helping put some of our employees back to work. Now is the time for us to wear our workload like a badge of honor.”

HOW IT WORKS
Click the button above or click here and contribute any amount you can. We work with our community of local hospitals, healthcare workers, first responders and more to provide them with the food they need to help them in this fight.

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Chef David Burke Launches #FeedtheHeroes

Sea Bright NJ (April 2020) – Chef David Burke, well known for his scrappy New Jersey, never-quit attitude, has launched #FeedtheHeroes, an operation to provide meals to first responders and medical personnel on the frontlines of the pandemic battle in the New Jersey and New York City area.

“Chefs, and the restaurant industry as a whole, are like the piano players on the Titanic,” said Burke. ”We want to cook! We want to serve. That’s the restaurant mentality.”

The effort arose from the ashes of Burke’s rising empire of a dozen world-class restaurants, but like so many other restaurants within a day the Covid-19 virus took it all away. Restaurants here, there and everywhere across our nation are closed and 16 million restaurant employees laid off due to the pandemic. It has rocked our country’s foundation and disrupted a thriving economy of nearly $9 billion in gross sales.

Still, the Coronavirus marches on taking thousands of American lives with it and that figure is predicted to rise exponentially in the next few weeks straining New Jersey and New York City’s hospitals attending to very sick patients, our emergency services and our police forces.

“Restaurant people don’t like to be defeated,” said Burke. “We have the skill, the determination, and time, all we need now is the money. While the front lines of our brave first responders, healthcare professionals fight the fight – risking their own health and the health of their loved ones – we need to keep our heroes fed. That’s what we do, we feed people.”

To help support Burke’s #FeedtheHeroes operation, go to PayPal.Me/FeedtheHeroes.

In “normal” times Burke’s catering division was set up to feed hundreds, sometimes, thousands, of guests clad in black-tie and gowns. Now Burke is gearing up to use the same know-how, staff, and vendor relationships to feed the frontline healthcare professionals who are battling the Coronavirus and the first responders who are still on duty keeping the peace and attending to emergencies in our stressed communities.

Burke said the first week after the state mandated shutdown of restaurants he focused on shuttering his businesses and going through the painful process of laying off hard-working employees. The second week was filled with the tedious process of filing insurance claims and applying for loans created by the stimulus package. Now, he and his executive team have turned their focus to how they can be of service to the men and women on the frontline fighting Coronavirus and keeping our communities safe.

“In times of crisis we must be resourceful. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And this is what happens when the entrepreneurial and hospitality minds come together. This is exactly what we need to stay positive to beat this virus; we have to work together to come up with solutions,” said Burke. “Please join us in the fight to keep the frontlines of this epidemic fed, while also helping put some of our employees back to work. Now is the time for us to wear our workload like a badge of honor.”