We love Philly. You love Philly. Which is why it’s so hard to see what’s happening here right now. Restaurant workers are being laid off, healthcare professionals are battling on the frontlines, and people who need a hot meal are having a hard time getting one.
But you should also know about all the amazing ways that Philly restaurants are supporting people in need right now, and how you can support them as well. Chefs and restaurant teams are delivering pizzas to hospitals and seniors, providing free lunches for school kids and first responders, and making to-go kits with things like groceries and sanitary items for those who have been laid off or furloughed.
We’ll be using this guide to highlight restaurant initiatives around the city that are giving back to the community. And we’ll be updating the list as we learn about more. For additional resources, information, and Infatuation-hosted fundraising projects visit our page here.
Ever since restaurants have been closed for dine-in, Kalaya has been serving nightly “Phamily” meals to unemployed restaurant workers and anyone else in need. Tons of other restaurants have jumped in and helped out by donating food and unused produce to the cause as well. In addition, they’re offering a 30% discount on delivery and takeout orders to hospital workers. To learn more about how to help Kalay’s staff, click here.
Middle Child has been giving free sandwiches to 30 different hospitals across the city. They’ve also raised over $15,000 and counting in donations, which has allowed them to stay open for takeout and delivery, continue paying their staff, and make sure healthcare workers are still getting free, delicious sandwiches. Learn more by visiting their Instagram, or place an order with them here.
Dig recently launched a program they’re calling “Dig Feeds,” which donates one bowl of food to people in need for every bowl sold. In Philly, they’re currently helping Broad Street Ministries to hand out over 400 lunches per day to those in need, and are looking for additional organizations to support. Anyone wanting to recommend a group to receive food can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or text “dig feeds” to 80519. If you want to support them by ordering a meal, click here.
For each $2.50 Vanilya Bakery gets, they’re donating two cookies to hospitals. You can contribute by ordering from them through their Instagram.
Brewerytown sandwich shop Spot Gourmet Burgers is using their extra produce and supplies to make free meals for people who’ve lost their job and for kids who rely on being fed at school. For more information about how you can help, visit their Instagram or support them by placing an order through their site.
Sulimay’s in Fishtown is putting together easy-to-reheat meals and delivering them for free to people in need. They’ve also offered to purchase in-demand items, like eggs, milk, bread, and rubber gloves, from their restaurant suppliers for people who can’t find them in grocery stores. To order from them and find out more ways you can help, call the restaurant at 215-423-1773.
The Miles Table team is making breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily for the city’s healthcare workers. Every $10 donated feeds one healthcare worker, and they’re aiming to help all of the critical care units in Center City. Email them at email@example.com if you want to recommend a medical team, or place an order for delivery/pickup here.
Han Dynasty is still open for takeout and delivery, and they’re currently offering 20% off for all hospitality industry workers (with a valid proof of hospitality employment). They’re also offering a free bowl of dan dan noodles to anyone who shows up to one of their locations and needs a hot meal.
In order to stay open while still helping those who can’t afford to buy food, El Camino Real has set up a “community kitchen.” When placing an order from them, they have options to pay the full bill, pay what you’re able to pay, pay nothing at all (no questions asked), or pay it forward by buying a meal for someone else. To find out more information, check out their Instagram, and you can order from them here.
Fork is making 40 meals for takeout every night. 30 of those four-course dinners are available for $20 each - the last 10 meals they make are free to those in a difficult position. You can support them by calling them at 215-625-0998 and placing an order.
Every week or so, 1-900-Ice-Cream delivers ice cream pints to hospitals around the city. To support their efforts, find more information on their Instagram.
South Philly Barbacoa has been working to provide as many free meals as they can for delivery to low-income elderly, youth, and other at-risk people around the city. They’ve also set up a page to raise money for their undocumented workers, who won’t get any help from the government.