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Local restaurants in Quebec support front-line workers

Mandy's serves up free meals in support of the CHUM


Hockey is in Montreal’s blood, and one “Habs” defenceman just proved himself to be the ultimate team player. Jeff Petry and his wife, Julie Petry, donated $5,000 to open tabs at two local restaurants, including Mandy’s Gourmet Salads.

When the initiative kicked off, the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) employees and healthcare workers across Montreal could simply call the restaurant and get themselves a free meal. While giving back to their community, Mandy’s team also put a lot of creativity in adjusting their business to changing times. They even created an online platform selling their dishes and grocery items.



Les Enfants Terribles are starting an impressive movement


Montreal Restaurant group Les Enfants Terribles wanted to bring a little comfort to people working tirelessly on the front lines in hospitals, Centres d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée (CHSLD), and other essential services. They recently started an online GoFundMe campaign with the goal of raising $30,000 for a total of 2,000 meals distributed to dedicated essential workers across Montreal. Once the campaign launched, they got started right away, preparing delicious meals as funds began rolling in.

This Montreal institution has no shortage of kindness and creativity! While organizing their fundraiser, they also found new ways to serve their customers, notably by offering delivery in the Greater Montreal and Estrie regions, as well as creating an online platform selling wine, branded clothes and gift cards for their reopening.



Phil & Fred give the gift of pizza


Phil & Fred Pizzeria in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec knows a thing or two about the role restaurants play within their communities. As expressed in a recent Facebook post, “We want to once again thank you [hospital workers] for the work you are doing. Together, we can overcome this challenge – which, fortunately, will allow us to create bonds that will last long after this is over.”

This restaurant has been hard at work delivering free pizzas to two nearby hospitals (Charles Lemoyne and Haut-Richelieu), a local police station, and the Saint Vincent de Paul Foundation. According to the Facebook post mentioned above, their goal is to give meaning to their food by creating a real social impact that will ripple through their community.



Pizza La Différence spreads joy through food


Pizza La Différence in Gatineau, Quebec is living up to its name in a big way! This tasty spot is making a difference in many more ways than one: not only have they been delivering free meals to front-line employees all over town, but they’ve also been spreading the joy of pizza to other local workers, including teams from neighbouring restaurants!

On social media, La Différence has also been giving away four free pizzas every day to brighten up people’s dinner tables. They served over 75 families and delivered each pie with an accompanying message of hope and encouragement as a cherry on top. This restaurant’s generosity has touched every corner of their community.