Businesses, schools and restaurants step up to feed healthcare workers and the needy

The Platinum Dining Group, in partnership with Delaware Dental Foundation and bhi Insurance, delivered free meals to ChristianaCare on March 31 and April 7 

A wide range of local businesses, schools and restaurants have mobilized over the last month to bring meals and hot coffee to individuals in need as well as healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

That includes law firms, insurance companies, medical groups and others whose partnership with local restaurants is a win-win, both helping businesses impacted by the pandemic and those keeping us safe. We’ve highlighted just a few below.

Attorney Laura Simon (center), with attorney Ipek Kurul and office manager Susan Lindvall of Dalton & Associates, P.A., outside the Charcoal Pit

Local law firm Dalton & Associates is teaming up with YMCA of Delaware and the Charcoal Pit to provide lunch and personal items to Delaware YMCA residents in need during the current pandemic crisis. 

The YMCA provides meals to students who relied on school lunches along with one hot meal a day to its 140 residents. Their first delivery of free lunches will occur this Friday, May 1, and the firm says it is reaching out to other law firms to encourage them to join the effort, hoping it can continue.

“It’s a win-win.  We can help sustain an iconic local restaurant, and get people fed,” said Attorney Laura Simon.


The firm’s managing partner Bart Dalton says they feel obligated to help and the meals “will have an immediate impact on those in need. Despite the best efforts of local and State agencies, there are people in our community who need our help,” he said.

Other food initiatives that Dalton & Associates contributes to include the Food Bank of Delaware, and the Ministry of Caring.  

Several boxes of hot coffee prepared at Brew HaHa!’s Pike Creek location made their way to ChristianaCare last week

Brew HaHa! delivered of boxes of coffee along with cups and condiments last week to Christiana Hospital. Owner Alisa Morkides says “It’s part of our ongoing program to do what we can to keep our people employed and support our front-line workers in this community who work hard and long to keep us safe.”
They plan to do the same on May 4th for St. Francis Hospital staff, and their plan is to continue the deliveries biweekly alternating between the two hospitals.
Brew HaHa! is accepting contributions to its efforts to support the hospitals, which can be made on their website through the “order online” button.
Brew HaHa! is expanding its locations for take-out. They re-opened the Concord Pike/202 location on Monday, April 27th, and the plan to re-open the Trolley Square location in two weeks, which will operate Wed through Sun – 8 am to 1 pm.

Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists, P.A. teamed up with Greg Vogeley, owner of Drip Cafe (upper photo, left)  to deliver meals to healthcare workers

Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists is donating 400 lunches made by Drip Café to be distributed to workers at various ChristianaCare locations.

Kim Walus with DOS says the huge, delicious delivery is a great way to give back to community healthcare workers. “We want the healthcare workers to know that we fully support them and are so appreciative of the work they’re doing during this difficult time,” she said.

The meals went to staff at Christiana Care, Wilmington Hospital, Middletown ER and Urgent Care centers in the area. Walus noted Greg Vogeley and his team at Drip Cafe were instrumental in providing meals in a safe delivery setting and they are still accepting donations for essential worker meals on their website.

The Delaware Dental Foundation has been partnering with the Platinum Dining Group to deliver lunches to doctors and nurses at Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital every Tuesday since March 30th – owner Carl Georigi says over 150 meals once a week to hungry hospital workers.

Claymont Steak Shop, best known for its award-winning philly-style cheesesteaks, is coordinating with the ChristianaCare facilities to donate 500 lunches to their healthcare staff working at the Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals.

Like Brew HaHa!, Claymont Steak Shop is funding their food giveaways on their own. They have 250 more sandwiches headed over to the Ministry of Caring’s Emanuel Dining Room on May 5th and 300 sandwiches earmarked for St. Francis Hospital next week.

“So many people in the health care field are putting themselves on the frontline to care for patients while risking exposure to COVID-19.  Many of these workers are our customers and we just wanted to show our appreciation and support for how they are caring for our community,” said Demi Kollias, owner of the Claymont Steak Shop group. “I wanted these heroes to know that their work does not go unnoticed.”


Claymont Steak Shop is also offering all healthcare workers and first responders a 10% discount on food orders.

Claymont Steak Shop donates $3,000 to Delaware E.A.T.s Fund

Kollias she feels very fortunate that her restaurant can remain open and operate as takeout and delivery. But she’s well aware the restaurant sector has been hit hard by the restrictions mandated due to the pandemic. “About one in 10 Delawareans work in the local hospitality industry so this has a big impact to families, small business, and the Delaware economy,” said Kollias.

So her restaurant has donated $3000 to the Delaware Restaurant Association‘s E.A.T.S Fund (Emergency Action Trust) to help local hospitality workers who have lost their jobs. Click here to donate to E.A.T.s.

Teaming up with its Parents Association, Saint Edmond’s provided a delicious lunch on April 15 to Christiana Hospital Emergency Room

St. Edmond’s Academy and the St. Edmond’s Parents Association contributed meals from Cafe Valentina to Christiana Hospital’s Emergency Room Team on April 15th. The lunch consisted of Stuffed shells/lasagna/variety of wraps/Caesar salad and bread.

A school spokesperson said, “One of our St. Edmond’s parents is a nurse with this emergency room team so it was extra special to show her that her school community was standing strong behind her and everyone on the front lines!” Niki Gravino, a mom of two boys at St. Eddy’s, has been a trauma/ER nurse for 15 years.

bhi Insurance has partnered with a few restaurants — La Casa Pasta in Newark, Jacks Country Maid Deli Elsmere and Platinum Dining Group — to deliver 700 lunches over multiple days this month to the ER Nurses of ChristianaCare Hospital.
Their efforts included teaming up with the Delaware Dental Foundation the last two Tuesdays, which included 100 lunchtime meals prepared by Capers & Lemons Restaurant in Greenville. Food included a full meal with salad and dessert, including yummy health bar crunch cookies for healthcare workers at ChristianaCare in Newark and Wilmington Hospital. 

bhi Insurance teamed up with La Casa Pasta, a division of Martuscelli Restaurant Group, to deliver 500 sandwiches to local hospitals on April 3

“My motivation really was that we have a lot of clients really struggling right now. So when things aren’t go0ing well, we wanted to help folks feel better,” said bhi Insurance President and CEO John Boykin.
Boykin says his firm has plans to work with Jacks Country Maid again next week to deliver another 300 meals to healthcare workers, bringing the total bhi Insurance has underwritten to an even 1,000. “We can’t thank all of the hard-working medical professionals enough for all that they are doing!”

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