In early April we were contacted by the city and asked if we would be interested in providing meals for an assisted living facility and meals to a group of senior citizens. It was exactly what we needed. It was not a huge contract, but it was enough to keep the lights on and my kitchen staff employed. We have grown accustomed to the way we operate, and it is our new “norm”.
On April 24, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults.
Great Plates Delivered has two purposes:
- Help seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day and
- provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.
Food provider meals must meet the following nutritional requirements:
- Breakfast: low in sodium, no sugary drinks (<24 grams /8 oz. and of fruit juice, must be only 100 percent fruit juice allowed)
- Lunch and dinner: a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable on each dish, and low in sodium, no sugary drinks (<24 grams /8 oz. and of fruit juice, must be only 100 percent fruit juice allowed).
“To all our valued customers, we at Mangia e Bevi have decided it is in our best interest to remain a takeout restaurant at this time. We have been contracted by the state and county to feed the most vulnerable and needy during this pandemic. Therefore, we have chosen at this time to focus our resources on this dire need in our community. Also, our business model does not really coincide with the strict mandates of being open for dine in. We have prided ourselves as a small dine in authentic Italian restaurant with an emphasis on the plating art and food aspect of Italian cuisine. It does not make financial sense at this time to make our restaurant 25% capacity and adhere to social distancing practicing as it would be nonprofitable for such a small intimate place. We hope you will continue to support us during this uncertain time by ordering take out until the restrictions lax and it makes sense for us business wise. Thank you for your continued support. We will continue to update our customers as we get closer to our reopening date.”
Our hearts are full, and we know we are doing the right thing. Now when the phone rings it is one of our seniors complimenting us on a job well done, expressing their gratitude, or wanting a customized menu. Our family is now extended 100-fold.
“They are so happy to see us, they want to tell us about their day, their doctor’s visit, how much they love our food” says Tore Trupiano.
“They have gifts for us, I have been gifted 2 bouquets of flowers and a clip to hold my glasses on my blouse.” - Ann Perham.
“I had a lady ask me to help her program her phone, just like I do for my own grandmother. She wanted company and conversation. While I was there her daughter called and thanked me for helping her mother and was incredibly grateful.” Santina Trupiano.
We will reopen when the time is right, but for now taking care of our community is what is right. For more information, contact Tore Trupiano at 760-231-1225 or by email, Ann Perham. or visit their website.