In the Midwest, two businesses are finding ways to help those in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. Home Chef has a new initiative to support hunger relief efforts, and Grecian Delights has donated food to area food banks.
Home Chef creates ‘Home Chef Helps’ initiative to support hunger relief efforts
Chicago-based Home Chef, a meal solutions company, has created a ‘Home Chef Helps’ initiative in support of hunger relief efforts and to help communities in need during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The newly created ‘Home Chef Helps’ initiative is an extension of the brand’s continued dedication to alleviate hunger in local communities in which it operates through regular local food bank donations.
The new initiative includes the following:
- Home Chef will make a donation of $100,000 to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, to aid food banks supporting people impacted by the public health crisis. This contribution to Feeding America’s Covid-19 Response Fund will be distributed throughout communities where need is the most significant.
“We are extremely grateful to Home Chef for their commitment and efforts toward alleviating hunger in communities throughout the U.S.,” said Lauren Biedron, VP of corporate partnerships at Feeding America. “During this time of increased need, their support will make a difference for our neighbors who are struggling to put food on their tables.”
Feeding America is committed to serving communities and individuals facing hunger across America. As demand increases due to the Covid-19 crisis, food banks are responding by doing what they do best—feeding people in need. Donations help ensure that Feeding America can continue to be there for people in need during these times of uncertainty.
- Home Chef is also calling on its customers to aid in this effort. Customers who skip their Home Chef order for a week can donate to help raise additional funding for Feeding America’s Covid-19 Response Fund. Additionally, Home Chef is encouraging donations from all its customers via emails, homechef.com and social posts.
“As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, Feeding America is committed to serving communities and individuals facing hunger across America and we, at Home Chef, want to do what we can to support their critical work during this unprecedented time,” said Pat Vihtelic, founder and CEO of Home Chef. “Everyone is in this together, and we want to make sure to be there for our neighbors in need.”
- To honor those on the front lines in the fight against Covid-19, Home Chef announces a new program in partnership with ID.me, offering exclusive discounts for teachers, doctors, nurses, military, first responders and all of the employees at more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide.
“We are thrilled to be able to support those who are supporting us,” said Vihtelic. “Now more than ever, we realize the importance of these critical front-line workers’ call-to-duty and how it affects all of us.”
Available for eligible new customers, the program can be accessed at homechef.com/heroes where eligible participants can use the “Verify with ID.me” button at checkout to start receiving their exclusive discount.
Vihtelic added, “We feel very fortunate to have a product that is helping to bring people together during these uncertain times.”
Home Chef is one of the largest meal kit delivery companies in the U.S., with more than 3.5 million meals delivered each month. Founded in 2013, Home Chef offers fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and easy to follow recipes delivered weekly.
Home Chef is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co.
Grecian Delight donates 25,000 lbs. of food to Covid-19 relief efforts
Grecian Delight Foods Inc., based in Elk Grove, Illinois, has donated multiple truckloads of food, totaling 25,000 pounds, to The Salvation Army, Operation Blessing International and St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Schaumburg, Illinois, to help facilitate hunger relief efforts stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Donated food, including Grecian Delight’s flatbreads, specialty meats, sauces and plant-based proteins, will be distributed to food pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens in the surrounding Chicagoland area and throughout the country.
“Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of those who have been affected by this worldwide crisis,” said Peter Parthenis Jr., president and CEO of Grecian Delight. “At Grecian Delight, we care deeply for people and feel we have an inherent responsibility to provide essential food and supplies.”
Grecian Delight plans to continue donating to the community during the pandemic and beyond.
“It is a long-standing tradition of the Parthenis family to help those in their time of need. We are fully committed to extending relief efforts to local charities during this crisis,” Parthenis said. “We want to give back to the community that has given us so much support over the years.”
The Salvation Army is the nation’s largest social services organization and has expanded its efforts to meet the unprecedented need caused by Covid-19. In response to the pandemic, the organization is offering food assistance to vulnerable Americans through new delivery and drive-through options.
Operation Blessing International’s Hunger Strike Force is sending food to distribution partners all over the country, in response to the quickly increasing need. Relief efforts include the distribution of free groceries and water to those hit by financial hardships due to the crisis, including children who lost school meals and workers who lost wages.
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry aids Schaumburg, Illinois, residents who are in need of food and supplies. Donations from Grecian Delight helped feed hundreds of families in the area.
Founded in 1974 by the Parthenis Family, Grecian Delight is a provider of authentic Mediterranean foods, including gyros and specialty meats, pitas and flatbreads, tzatziki, hummus and spreads, falafel and specialties and plant-based proteins. Product offerings can be found via foodservice and retail industries throughout the U.S.