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Meals for Hospo [A CoVid-19 E.A.D. Initiative]

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The CoVid-19 Employee Assistance Directive (CoVid-19 E.A.D) was created in the wake of the collapse of the hospitality industry due to the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative produces a range of chef-cooked, pre-packaged meals which are then distributed via contact-less delivery (within a 20km radius of the Melbourne CBD). All meals are free of charge. 

Our team of volunteers cook, pack, and deliver 2,000–3,000 meals per week to unemployed hospitality workers, offering some relief and support in the form of nourishing meals and essential care packs.

All direct deposit donations over $2 are tax deductible thanks to our auspice relationship with Scarf.  If you are able to donate, $3 will put a meal in the hands of someone who needs support. 

You can direct deposit (bank transfer) using these details:

Account Name: COVID-19 EAD BSB: 313 140
Account: 1226 6427
Bank: Bank Australia
Note: If you require a tax receipt, please email us at [email redacted] and we will email one to you

What does your donation achieve?
The unit cost of producing a single adult serving size meal ranges between $2.00 and $3.00 depending on protein content and dietary requirements.
We cater for vegans, vegetarians, coeliacs and those who are nut and lactose allergic/intolerant. 
All meals are free of charge.
At our current scale, $3.00 will put a meal in the hands of someone who needs support.

Who are we?
The initiative was started by two bar owners who were just trying to keep their recently stood down employees fed. This quickly turned into an outreach program with the mission of the raising spirits of as many unemployed hospitality professionals as they could afford to feed. All members of the CoVid-19 E.A.D are volunteers and all funds are used to purchase, prepare and deliver food and essential supplies.

Founding members:
Jason "Jackie" Chan
With over 25 years experience in the hospitality industry - 17 of which in Australia - Jason Chan is best known as the co-founder of award winning venues and brands including:
Batch Espresso
Hats and Tatts
The Westwinds Gin
Jason is a very private person and it took a lot of cajoling to allow us to publicly associate him with this program.

Henry Le
As the first generation son of Vietnamese immigrants, Henry was raised with hospitality running through his veins. From nightclubs to silver service, he worked most roles in hospitality before becoming a corporate day-walker. He rejoined the hospitality family last year by becoming one of the managing partners of Ends and Means.

Jez Berwick
Representing Power to the People, Jez is a private chef who is operating out of the Captain Melville Kitchen. She answered the call to arms when the two-man squad became overwhelmed with requests for assistance.

With special thanks to our
Charity Partners
OzHarvest Melbourne
StreetSmart Australia

Partnered Businesses
From the Collective
Hats & Tatts
Ends & Means
The Lincoln
The Big Group, Melbourne
The Boatbuilders Yard
Captain Melville
Rice Paper Scissors
Colonial Brewing Co Port Melbourne
Pasta Classica
Melbourne Racing Club

Major Donors
Pernod Ricard
Campari Australia Official
Vinify Wine Co
Unico Zelo
Applewood Distillery
Adelaide Hills Distillery
Worksmith Tip Jar Fund
NED Whisky
Menace to Society
Nowhereman Brewing Company
Burrow Bar
Fizz and Hop
The Good Beer Co.
Cin Davies
The Melbourne Gin Company
Brick Lane Brewing Co.
Casa de Vinos
Curry Rescue
Melbourne Gin Co.
Bricklane Brewing
Casa De Vinos
The Pickle & The Patty
Coal Blooded Griller
Peter & Minhi
Kristine Coyle
Graham Seggie
David Grey
Hari Bilalic
Nadia Forlani
Mark Campbell
Michael Burchett
Tash & Peter Johns
Brad Kazazes
Ian Coleman

Contributing Businesses
The Arancini Guy
Red Coral Seafood
Garage Project
Gospel Whiskey
Wolf of the Willows
Antt Man Signs
Navy Strength Ice Co.
Minor Figures
Officeworks Fitzroy
The Hof Downtown
South Melbourne Bakery
Northcote Bakeshop
Billy Cart Bread Co.
We Bar None
Mike Chen & The Golden Monkey
Cocktail Collective
High Gate Group
The Fish Shoppe
Cocoa-vid Chocolates
Murrumbeena Wine Bar
TD Foundation
Esbrandhill Pty Ltd
Royal Children's Emergency Department
NTD Spirits
Ale Of A Time
White Light Vodka
Bonny & Yue Yamanaka-Mead
Reed & Co. Distillery
10 Minutes by Tractor
Moorooduc Estate
Taturry Wine
Mrs.Tran's Kitchen
Chimmys Bakery
Atlas Wine Store
Pie Thief
Good Bar Trade

Thank you for helping us serve your servers.

If you're a member of the Melbourne hospitality family and would like a meal, please register here:


  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • StreetSmart - SmartMeals
    • $6,000 (Offline)
    • 4 yrs
  • A. Anonymous
    • $150 (Offline)
    • 4 yrs
  • A. Anonymous
    • $20 (Offline)
    • 4 yrs
  • Murrumbeena Wine Bar
    • $250 (Offline)
    • 4 yrs

Fundraising team: CoVid-19 Employee Assistance Directive (6)

Henry Le
Burnley VIC
Jason Chan
Team member
Jez Berwick
Team member
Jimmy Burchett
Team member
Josh Nicholson
Team member

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