Restaurant distributors team up to feed laid off employees — The Know

Restaurant distributors are teaming up to feed an industry that is out of work after indoor dining restrictions led to mass layoffs.

“This was born from a phone call that I got from a local chef. He called and told me that in one day, he had to lay off 200 people,” said Lynelle Fowler, a sales specialist with Fresh Guys Produce.

When Fowler got off the phone with that chef, she was staring at a warehouse full of food and wondering how she could help. Her company was already working with another food distributor called Altamira Doorstep to deliver grocery boxes for customers, so why not feed restaurant workers too?

Fowler and the sales manager for Altamira Foods, Jeff Jones, decided to start a GoFundMe page to raise money to assemble the food boxes. They are able to keep the cost per box around $25 because of their relationships with food suppliers.

He hopes the grocery boxes will allow people to pay rent and other bills because they won’t have to worry about putting food on the table.

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