Free nutritious grab-and-go meals to children and families in need during the COVID-19 crisis

On March 17th, Real Food for Kids and Chef David Guas of Arlington’s Bayou Bakery, Coffee & Eatery joined forces to form Chefs Feeding Families, an initiative to provide healthy meals to children and their families during the school shutdown. School meals are a vital resource to low-income families in normal times, critical to preventing hunger and malnutrition with a reliable daily offering of balanced nutrition. School closings and job losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have escalated the need for healthy meal options for vulnerable children and families in our communities.

In the first ten days, we distributed over 1,700 meals from Bayou Bakery and received overwhelming interest from other chefs and restaurants to expand Chefs Feeding Families to reach additional areas of need across the region. With our friends at Silver Diner and Pizzeria Paradiso, we have launched three additional operations in Maryland and Virginia in April.

For more information on the Chefs Feeding Families initiative, please click here for our Press Release.

HOW TO GET IT

Children and families in need may stop by one of the Chefs Feeding Families locations listed below to pick up a grab-and-go meal, no questions asked.  No ID or proof of need is required.  Family members may pick up meals on behalf of their entire family – children do not need to be present.  Meals will be served during the below-listed timeframes, while quantities last. 

AB0UT THE MEALS

Each meal served through the Chefs Feeding Families initiative aligns with Real Food for Kids' mission to increase access to healthy, whole foods for all children. These free meals are intended to complement the emergency meal distribution being implemented by local public school districts throughout the D.C. metro area.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

To uphold the safety of the food served, each restaurant partner will be following CDC recommendations for preparing and serving food, as well as precautionary measures beyond already strict health and sanitation practices to give families in need a nutritious meal.

STAY UPDATED

We will post updates on our Facebook page if we are unable to serve meals due to changing circumstances. For more information, please email contact@realfoodforkids.org.

 

CHEFS FEEDING FAMILIES LOCATIONS

Northern Virginia

Bayou Bakery
1515 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
11am – 1pm, Monday - Friday

Montgomery County, Maryland

Silver Diner Rio
236 Boardwalk Place
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Starting at 2pm (while supplies last), Monday - Friday

Pizzeria Paradiso individual whole-grain crust pizzas provided at the below locations:

ACCA Child Development Center
7200 Columbia Pike #2
Annandale, VA 22003
Saturdays, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

John Calvin Presbyterian Church
6531 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
Sundays, 2:30pm - 4:30pm


SPANISH VERSION

Comidas nutritivas para llevar gratis para niños y familias necesitadas durante la crisis de COVID-19

El 17 de marzo, Real Food for Kids y el chef David Guas de Bayou Bakery, Coffee & Eatery de Arlington unieron fuerzas para formar Chefs Feeding Families, una iniciativa para proporcionar comidas saludables a los niños y sus familias durante el cierre de la escuela. Las comidas escolares son un recurso vital para las familias de bajos ingresos en tiempos normales, fundamentales para prevenir el hambre y la desnutrición con una oferta diaria confiable de nutrición equilibrada. El cierre de escuelas y la pérdida de empleos asociados con la pandemia de COVID-19 han aumentado la necesidad de opciones de comidas saludables para niños y familias vulnerables en nuestras comunidades.

En los primeros diez días, distribuimos más de 1,700 comidas de Bayou Bakery y recibimos un interés abrumador de otros chefs y restaurantes para expandir Chefs Feeding Families para alcanzar áreas adicionales de necesidad en toda la región. Con nuestros amigos en Silver Diner y Pizzeria Paradiso, estamos lanzando dos operaciones adicionales en Maryland en abril.

Para obtener más información sobre la iniciativa Chefs Feeding Families, haga clic aquí para ver nuestro comunicado de prensa.

CÓMO CONSEGUIRLO

Los niños y las familias necesitadas pueden pasar por una de las ubicaciones de Chefs Feeding Families que se enumeran a continuación para recoger una comida para llevar, sin hacer preguntas. No se requiere identificación ni prueba de necesidad. Los miembros de la familia pueden recoger comidas en nombre de toda su familia; los niños no necesitan estar presentes. Las comidas se servirán durante los plazos indicados a continuación, mientras duren las cantidades.

SOBRE LAS COMIDAS

Cada comida que se sirve a través de la iniciativa Chefs Feeding Families se alinea con la misión de Real Food for Kids de aumentar el acceso a alimentos saludables e integrales para todos los niños. Estas comidas gratuitas están destinadas a complementar la distribución de comidas de emergencia que implementan los distritos escolares públicos locales en toda el área metropolitana de D.C.

MEDIDAS PREVENTIVAS

Para mantener la seguridad de los alimentos que se sirven, cada socio del restaurante seguirá las recomendaciones de los CDC para preparar y servir alimentos, así como medidas de precaución más allá de las prácticas estrictas de salud y saneamiento para brindar a las familias necesitadas una comida nutritiva.

MANTÉNGASE ACTUALIZADO

Publicaremos actualizaciones en nuestra página de Facebook si no podemos servir comidas debido a circunstancias cambiantes. Para obtener más información, envíe un correo electrónico a contact@realfoodforkids.org.

 

Northern Virginia

Bayou Bakery
1515 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
11am – 1pm, de lunes a viernes

Montgomery County, Maryland

Silver Diner Rio
236 Boardwalk Place
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
A partir de las 2 pm (hasta agotar existencias), de lunes a viernesy

 

Las pizzas individuales de corteza integral de Pizzeria Paradiso se proporcionan en los siguientes lugares:

ACCA Child Development Center
7200 Columbia Pike #2
Annandale, VA 22003
Sábados, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

John Calvin Presbyterian Church
6531 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
Domingos, 2:30pm - 4:30pm 

CHEFS FEEDING FAMILIES UBICACIONES


 

 

 

THANK YOU

Thank you to all of our incredible supporters and donors who have helped us feed people in need during this difficult time. Every dollar donated makes a difference for those we serve. Together, we can support even more of our neighbors in need.              

  

    


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ABOUT

Real Food for Kids: Chefs Feeding Families is a joint project with Washington, D.C., metro-area restaurants to provide nourishing grab-and-go meals to school children and their families impacted by closed schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Co-founded by Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Va. and Real Food for Kids, Chefs Feeding Families provides funding for food, supplies, and restaurant staff to feed as many families as possible and create employment opportunities within the restaurant community also impacted by COVID-19 closures.