The restaurant and hospitality industries are some of the hardest hit by the current crisis, yet Indy’s restaurant scene is stepping up to help others in this time of need. Check out a few of the moving stories below of how Indy is lending a helping hand.
Downtown soup shop Soupremacy launched the Sponsor a Soup program to feed families and individuals in need through partner organizations and hospitals across the city. Patrons may purchase a quart of soup online and the restaurant will donate it, via the MLK Community Center, Horizon House, and other community partners.
Sun King recently launched the #BeerItForward campaign, where the community can treat frontline workers to fresh, local beer by purchasing a gift card on their website. The Sun King team will then match your donation and distribute your donations to your selected organizations across the city.
Urban Awareness Gardens has partnered with Gravesco Pottery to provide healthy, whole foods to those in need. You can sponsor a meal, which provides one Indy artist, musician, dancer, actor, writer, or designer with a box of healthy foods for just $30.
While Tinker Street’s doors are temporarily closed, they shifted their focus to those most vulnerable in our community and partnered with Indy Free Lunch, Hearts for the Homeless, and Wheeler Mission to make and deliver more than 8,500 meals to those in need.
Herron Morton’s neighborhood café launched an initiative where patrons can donate coffee for healthcare heroes or lunches to Wheeler Mission. Visit their website to get involved. Foundry is also providing free coffee on the spot for healthcare workers who come by the 16th Street location – delivered right to your car.
Huse Culinary developed a program to allow the community to help in their giveback initiative providing box lunches for essential workers. Patrons can donate a box lunch to essential workers by purchasing lunches in quantities of 5 on their website. Huse Culinary will then prepare lunches of filet sliders, chips, and dessert, and drop them off to Indy’s essential workers, including healthcare workers, ambulance personnel, police officers, 911 call centers, grocery store workers, and pharmacy workers.
Tinker Coffee recently launched a new ready-to-drink product line available for purchase or donation to hospitals around central Indiana. The new beverages include bottled versions of the company’s award-winning cold brew and signature spiced latte available in 64-ounce bottles or 4 packs of 12-ounce bottles. The new line is available for purchase and donation on their website or in person at their roastery.
In addition, Tinker Coffee created an Indianapolis Hospitality United Fundraiser Tee with net proceeds going directly toward financial relief for hospitality industry employees affected by COVID-19. Pre-order runs through May 1, when the shirts will be shipped.
Sahm's Catering, Big Lug Canteen, and Half Liter BBQ have been working to provide meals to the food insecure in neighborhoods throughout Indy. They partnered with Second Helpings and are currently producing and delivering 30,000+ meals per week as part of the campaign. You can donate directly to Second Helpings or participate in the Feed To Flatten campaign by sponsoring individual meals.