Family Outreach of Amherst: Amherst steps up with December Dinner Delights program

Published: 12/25/2020 7:25:08 PM

Family Outreach of Amherst wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to Paul Bockelman, Mary Beth Ogulewicz, Claudia Pazmany and Gabrielle Gould for forging a unique collaboration to diminish food insecurity in our community.

The newly established December Dinner Delights initiative is another great example of Amherst stepping up to make lemonade out of lemons amid the pandemic, at an especially tender time.

Eleven restaurants — Fresh Side, Osteria Vespa, Pasta e Basta, Kaiju BBQ, El Camalito, Wheelhouse Catering, Miss Saigon, Shanghai Gourmet, Henion Bakery, Bistro 63 and La Veracruzana — are each providing 100 meals to 30 FOA families during the month of December.

The participating restaurants, also experiencing economic hardships, are being compensated at market value using $10,000 in federal CARES Act funding and $5,000 from the Downtown Amherst Foundation, making it more likely for the employees of these restaurants, many of whom are also struggling, to keep their jobs.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how connected the Amherst community is and has given individuals, organizations and businesses the opportunity to work creatively together in ways that weren’t previously needed. We want to thank our partners — town of Amherst, Amherst Senior Center, Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Amherst Business Improvement District. We look forward to continuing to work together to make sure all of our neighbors are well cared for throughout the year.

If you know of a family in need of assistance, please contact Laura Reichsman at Family Outreach of Amherst Lreichsman@chd.org.

Best regards for a safe and healthy New Year.

Family Outreach of Amherst

The letter is signed by FOA board members Katherine Appy, Maggie Hodges, Deb Napier, Sarah Auerbach, Lynn Logan, Louise Reilly, Robin Brown, Betsy McInnis, Kacey Schmitt, Connie Gillen, Michele Miller and Kimberly Stender.

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