Gift Our Unseen Hospital Warriors a Short Culinary Respite from their Viral Battle
The Seattle area is a major epicenter of our national war against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). From hospital custodians and maintenance workers to virologists and nurses, the staffs of our area hospitals are in an epic healthcare battle the likes of which hasn’t been seen in a century.
With your support we can deliver 4,000 high quality, nutritious, multi-course meals per month to boost their energy and morale! Each $25 gift provides one cooked-from-scratch with locally farmed, fished or foraged ingredients three course meal to medical staff in a King County.
Our volunteer group has teamed up with The Herbfarm Restaurant, a 32 year old AAA Five Diamond recipient in Woodinville, Washington.
With all Washington State restaurants now closed by decree, The Herbfarm has re-focused its kitchen to fight the COVID-19 war by cooking complete meals of local fare for those on the front line of patient care and critical sanitation.
KING5 News Recently Covered Our Efforts
Led by awarded Chef Chris Weber, we've already delivered 2,990 multi-course boxed dinners to Overlake, Swedish, UW, Kaiser Permanente, Virginia Mason and Evergreen hospital doctors and nurses. Each label includes a thank you note, food description and ingredients. Typically, we deliver 120 to 200 meals per day.
Your donation— small or large — will not only help surprise and “Make the Day!” for many exhausted hospital workers, it will also provide powerful and meaningful work for The Herbfarm’s skilled kitchen crew and will go toward helping keep regional food producers alive and in business.
We've also now added a Patreon page for The Herbfarm with special rewards to allow you to contribute monthly until the COVID-19 crisis ends.
Herbfarm chef Chris Weber, sous chef Jack Gingrich, and dining room setup lead Kayla Kessel.
Your Donations Will Also Support Regional Food Producers
Chef Weber’s boxed dinner “menus” are different every day. Chris is making use of The Herbfarm’s own organic farm, but more importantly, he is buying mushrooms, proteins, eggs, and vegetables from The Herbfarm’s network of small artisanal producers. These folks have been massively impacted by the closure of farmer’s markets and restaurants-- their normal sales outlets— that normally support local agriculture.
The Final Push — Delivery volunteers are out back awaiting the just-baked bread and warm food of the 3-course dinners.
Help contribute to our effort to care for our hospital workers who are bearing the brunt of the battle and the hard-working folks who have forged and protect the Northwest’s cuisine are all united by your contributions during this once-in-a-lifetime crisis.
Please donate during this critical window of need. Any amount helps: $1, $3, $5, $100, $500 or more!
Now There's an Option to Contribute Monthly!
If you'd like to contribute monthly, check out our new Patreon page!
On Patreon, we’ve created a tier of awards to acknowledge both your important gift as well as our genuine appreciation.
As you will see, there are twelve award levels. And they are fun and different. They can be as simple as pledging less than a dollar a day: $25 monthly. At the upper end is a $15,000 monthly pledge to fund 600 full, 3-course meals per month. Each membership level provides a different award. Each has limited spots.
For example, there are fifty spots should you want to donate $100 monthly. For that level of giving you can bring the kids (or the kid in you) to leash-walk The Herbfarm friendly pot-bellied pig boys, Basil and Borage! Or, for a gift of $500, you could claim one of 16 lucky spots for a Pasta Class with Herbfarm cook Chris Christian. Chris picked up his pasta skills while living and working in Italy.
For those who can afford to really throw their love and thanks to the healthcare community, you could be the sole owner of Chef Julia Child's shirt and personal pocket book. Both are framed with a copy of Time Magazine, which featured her on the cover when she launched her ground-breaking TV series, The French Chef. This priceless piece of American culinary history is of Smithsonian quality. But if you step up, it can hang in your home or become a charity gift from you to another cause.
But there’s lots more. Visit our memberships to see all the gift levels and awards!
Patreon also allows you to communicate directly with The Herbfarm and the meals for hospitals volunteers. It's a way to bring you closer into the conversation about what we're doing and why it matters.
Staff at Kaiser Permanente's Urgent Care Clinic smiling over their upcoming Herbfarm salad, lasagna and chocolate bonbons!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I donate monthly? Yes, now you can. We've launched The Herbfarm's Patreon page so you can contribute monthly until the COVID-19 crisis ends. There are also great rewards there too.
Where can I watch interviews with The Herbfarm staff? Interviews are available here or on YouTube .
Where can I see all the photos from The Herbfarm and meal deliveries? You can view photo albums here .
How can hospitals contact you to sign up for these free meals? Great, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org — we should have a phone number set up in the near future.
Is there a way for me to provide ongoing support? Yes! We've launched The Herbfarm's Patreon page so you can contribute monthly until the COVID-19 crisis ends. There are also great rewards there too.
Why does each meal cost $25? Due to the infectiousness of COVID-19 and risks to medical caregivers, the meals must be individually boxed. The hospitals are not accepting "family style" shared dishes. Furthermore, as personal protection equipment (PPE) is limited, caregivers must spend hours in protective gear without eating. When they finally get a break and get to remove the gear, they are dehydrated and hungry. Our full course meals meet their immediate needs and help them feel supported by our community.
Who are the volunteers and what do they do? Carl Coryell-Martin and Patrick Halstead came up with the idea and worked with Ron and Carrie at The Herbfarm to jumpstart meal delivery. They along with other team members are connecting with hospitals and managing food delivery.
What if my kids just want to walk The Herbfarm's pigs, Basil and Borage? Check out The Herbfarm's Patreon page, the $100 monthly contribution level allows just that!
Chef Chris Weber of The Herbfarm talking about pivoting the restaurant's operations to serve hundreds of boxed meals each day to doctors and nurses on the front lines of COVID19
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- Ryan Smith
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