New York, NY - Deborah Miller Catering and Events has launched a new donation campaig, Cater Because We Care, to donate discounted meals to hospitals and first responders fighting the COVID-19 crisis within New York City and the greater Tri-State area. Delivery locations include Mount Sinai, Beth Israel Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Columbia Presbyterian, St. John's Riverdale Hospital, NYPD, EMT, FDNY, and more. Meals are hearty, nutritious, and served in individual containers for easy reheating and consumption on the go.
Owners Deborah Miller and Lauren McGeough suffered a tremendous loss of business as the coronavirus began to spread throughout New York City in early March. Corporate meetings and events came to a complete halt and social distancing became the new normal. The business partners wanted to do something to help and give back to the community, understanding that they would have to shift gears completely to adjust to the current global climate. "Food brings people together no matter what the circumstance, and we knew it was our responsibility to bring our resources together and help those on the front lines," says Miller.
Cater Because We Care was born with the intent to feed the first responders working back-to-back shifts during this outbreak and fighting so hard to save lives. "These healthcare workers are completely overwhelmed, and their next meal is the last thing on their minds," McGeough states. "Clients we work with regularly called us eager to do something to help, and we started donating discounted meals on their behalf to various locations. From there, the initiative grew into a thorough campaign, where any individual who wants to help can donate a certain monetary amount, and we would allocate the funds to meals being prepared the following day."
Meals are prepared on a five-day rotation in Deborah Miller Catering's kitchen in Lower Manhattan. They consist of one protein, one side, and either fruit or dessert to provide a complete meal to healthcare workers that are easy to reheat and consume during breaks. Deliveries are made daily by the Deborah Miller Catering team throughout the city based on hospital locations and workers' corresponding shifts.
As businesses adjust to a new normal and individuals search for ways to help during this crisis, Deborah Miller Catering & Events has found a way to utilize their resources to feed those on the front lines. To donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/cater-because-we-care. You can also follow Deborah Miller Catering on Instagram at @deborahmillercatering, or on Facebook at Deborah Miller Catering & Events.