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

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 covid19ead (at) and we will email one to you

Help us serve your servers.

What does your donation achieve?

- The unit cost of producing a single adult serving size meal ranges between $1.00 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 Big Group Hospitality Kitchen. She answered the call to arms when the two-man squad became overwhelmed with requests for assistance.

Major Charity Partners:

Scarf Community
Oz Harvest

Major Donors:

Pernod Ricard: Meals for Mates
Unico Zelo
Joshua Monteiro — Coal Blooded Griller
NED Whisky
Andrew Marks — The Melbourne Gin Company
Tip Jar: Australian Hospitality Relief Fund
Casa de Vinos
Fizz and Hop
Nowhereman Brewing Co.
Cin Davies
Peter & Minhi
Tiang Ng
Mark Campbell
Michael Burchett
Nadia Forlani
Brad Kazazes
Nilay Yalcin
Sean Murphy
Kristine Coyle
Graham Seggie


StreetSmart: COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
StreetSmart: SmartMeals

Supporting members:

Daniel Tonin - Pasta Classica
James Burchett - Menace to Sobriety
Riou Lidderdale 
Elisabeth Giosis - The Bridge Hotel
Josh Nicholson - Hats & Tatts
Jenny Schmidt 
Brig Cantarella 
Abigail Rundle
Ayla Kempe
Ryan White


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


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