Updated: Jul 28
Our goal is to feed those in need in our community, whether that's overworked and exhausted health care staff or those hit hard by the economic downturn caused by the global health pandemic. We also wanted to respond to our own fans who have expressed a desire to contribute and be helpful.
And the most effective way for both of us to do that is with food. Here's how it works:
Garden of Esther has taken down the usual Order Ahead page and replaced it with "Feed a Neighbor."
Here we take donations and turn them into meals for local food banks and health care facilities:
We are offering three meal options: Spaghetti with Chicken alla Cacciatora, Spaghetti with Ragu' alla Bolognese, and a vegan Spaghetti alla Puttanesca.
We are asking donators to purchase at least ten meals, so that we can make this cost-effective. Orders of ten or more help us keep our costs lower, which in turn lets us put more meals out into the community; we're offering these meals at discounted prices and just trying to cover enough costs so we can keep on doing this as long as the need exists.
We are also excited to tell you that Awaken Kombucha is now joining us, thus giving you the option to include their kombucha flavor-of-the-month in your meal donation.
You also have the option to simply donate cash as you are able and that will also, in combination with others' cash, be turned into donated meals.
As of this moment, we are delivering to the Treasure Coast Food Bank, the Cleveland Clinic, Treasure Coast Compassionate Care, and HOPE for Families Center.
In addition to donating meals or cash, there are other ways you can help, too. Let us know if someone you know is in need so we can work together to offer assistance. You can share this post, so others hear about Feed a Neighbor. You can tell your friends/co-workers about us. Even liking us on social media spreads the word that there is help available.
The residents of the Treasure Coast do not want to sit idly by while others need assistance and we are glad we are able to respond in a way that feels genuinely helpful and useful. We are both grateful for our fans, many of whom reached out to request a program like this. And it made a lot of sense for Garden of Esther and SeaLantro to do this together since we are already partners.
Together, Garden of Esther and SeaLantro offer healthy, delicious meals with locally-sourced ingredients. We look forward to sharing with those in need.
Thank you again for allowing us to be a part of the community offering fresh pasta and meals that fit a variety of nutritional and dietary needs. We would not be successful enough to do so without your consistent support and it is an honor to give back just a portion of what has been given to us.
So if you are feeling stuck at home and want to lend a helping hand to the Treasure Coast, now you can. Just head to our Feed a Neighbor page on our website.
And yes, you can still order fresh pasta for yourself, and the best way to do that now is via delivery with Farmers Market Drop Off or Treasure Coast Harvest or by shopping at the new Mercantile at the Tides.
SeaLantro is also definitely open for take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery - including Garden of Esther pasta - and you'll want to look at their website and Facebook page for the latest info on menus and hours. They are hoping this will tide you over until they can fully open their brand-new space, SeaLantro on 6th Avenue.
And take a look at the Awaken Kombucha Facebook page for the most up-to-date details about flavors and availability.
We look forward to working with you to help feed our neighbors.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay local.