Allegheny Eats unites local industry powerhouses to help fight food insecurity for those who were affected by the COVID-19 shut-downs through our favorite past time…Eating!

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Allegheny Eats will provide meals and security for those in the service industry that have suffered from COVID-19 shutdowns. The restaurant industry was absolutely decimated over the past ten months..Supply chains have been broken, kitchen and front of house staff have been laid-off, and doors have been shuttered. This program encourages local restaurants and farms to collaborate and create delicious meals for food-lovers to try. Those that have lost wages from the crisis will be provided free meals through this innovative new concept.

Every week the Allegheny Eats online platform will highlight take-home meal kits. Pittsburgh favorites, Bae Bae’s Kitchen, Black Radish Kitchen, The Vandal, and Casa Brasil are the first four participating locations. They have committed to including fresh produce sourced from nearby farms including Bitterends Farm, Churchview Farms, Jubilee Hilltop Ranch, MADE by Scratch & Co., and Tiny Seed Farm. A portion of the sales will go directly back into the program to funds the free meals for restaurant industry workers.

Bae Bae’s Kitchen Tofu Tacos | Image via Allegheny Eats | photo by Brittany Spinelli

At the end of the day, this is about feeding people,” says Black Radish Kitchen chef/owner Kate Romane. “This program helps keep our chefs making food for you and for our workers who have found themselves unemployed due to the pandemic. This program will help to continue to raise awareness and feed our patrons and our community.”

Black Radish Kitchen’s Tortellini | Image via Allegheny Eats | photo by Brittany Spinelli

Kits will be available with an order deadline every Tuesday for that week’s meal. Meal kits will be available for customer pick-up/carry-out every Thursday during a designated time frame. Restaurant workers will redeem their meals through the same process, with orders placed by Thursday of each week for pick-up/carry-out or delivery on Wednesday of the following week. Delivery is only available to restaurant workers and will be facilitated by a  team of volunteers coordinated by 412 Food Rescue.

We wanted to remove every barrier possible to make this a benefit to restaurant industry professionals and their families as a priority,” says Sustainable Pittsburgh Executive Director, Dr. Portluck. “We’re grateful to 412 Food  Rescue for their partnership, and while a delivery model is not yet available to our meal kit  consumers, we’ll be looking for ways to improve and advance the program for everyone as it  evolves.” 

Restaurant workers and foodies alike can go online to find the weekly meal description updates. Be sure to follow all their social channels for more information! Allegheny Eats was made possible by a grant from the Richard King Grant Foundation.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
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