For us, and as many people that can be assisted in the Food Service industry in New Jersey. I see that everyone is setting up Go Fund Me Pages to help their staff..... and that is great! We too want to make a difference and be part of the solution.
For those of you that know who and what The Food Architects is.... thank you for all of your support so far, and whatever you can do in the future. For those of you who do not know who we are.... we are a higher-end corporate and social event caterer, who has lost 100% of its business..... no exaggeration.... 100%.
We have dug in the last two weeks and have held onto as much staff as possible and hit every social marketing, direct marketing, old school picking up the phone to call people.... and have also initiated pick up service and delivery of Sandwiches, Wraps, Pans of Food.... etc... although this is a wonderful thing to see people trying to help... its not nearly enough, we are bleeding money.
At the same time we are seeing so many other local people in New Jersey losing their jobs and suffering financially. Many people receiving hot meals through certain government programs are temporarily cut off..... and we can not even imagine what is going through these individuals minds right now. There is enough to worry about.... where their next meal is coming from should not be one of them!!!!
Are we looking for money.... 100 % yes.... but not for us. We have a plan.... initially thought of to hopefully have been funded by larger corporations.... but we are also going down this avenue.... all bets are off as so many people's lives are at stake!
We are ready, willing and able to prepare large quantities of food, packaged individually, delivered either hot or cold in containers that are heat safe and microwaveable. We have already reached out to certain soup kitchens, food pantries, religious food programs, etc... that are eager to receive these meals..... so some examples of these meals are:
Marinated Grilled Chicken topped with a Tropical Fruit Salsa served over Seasoned Rice
Lemon Rosemary Glazed Marinated Grilled Chicken served with Oven Roasted Potatoes
Pan-Fried Italian Style Breaded Chicken served with a Fresh Roma Tomato and Basil Bruschetta over Pasta tossed with a Fresh Pomodoro Sauce topped with Reggiano Parmigiano
BBQ Style Chicken with Oven Roasted Potatoes
Herb Roasted Rotisserie Style Chicken served with Oven Roasted Potatoes
Homemade Fresh Ricotta and Spinach Eggplant Rollatini served over Pasta tossed in a Fresh Pomodoro Sauce topped with Reggiano Parmigiano
Marinated Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Fresh Lemon and Capers served with Seasoned Rice (Vegetarian or Vegan)
Tex-Mex Style Vegetable Stir-Fry served with Seasoned Rice
Spicy Blackened Tilapia served with a Tropical Fruit Salsa over Seasoned Rice
Southern Style Pulled Pork served with Baked Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
Tex-Mex Style Chicken Fajita Bowl with Black Beans and Rice
Penne a' la Vodka topped with Reggiano Parmigiano (may also be tossed with Marinated Grilled Chicken)
** All items would also be served with a Fresh Seasonal Vegetable.... since some items are available and some are not, we would not want to just list any item and have it be incorrect.
And now the pitch!!
We can produce these meals for $2.00 per, which would be the cost of the food and the containers. We are asking, $6.00 per.... the $4.00 per meal, will cover our ENTIRE Staff to work 40 hours per week and cover ALL of their payroll taxes. 1,000 meals per day....
So, $6,000 per day will mean that we made 1,000 full meals which were prepared by real people and delivered to organizations that REALLY need the help. 30 people will work..... and for those that are unable to return, due to childcare issues, being ill, etc...... we will hire people that we know who are out of work.... to assist (and we know a lot of them). $150,000 will cover a month of meals....... 25,000 of them. We are hoping to raise at least two months worth!!!!
If there is more money that is raised, then anticipated,...... we would want to work with some of our competitors (yes, you for sure read that correctly.... they need the help too!!!) who have already closed.... this will allow them the ability to go back on line.... pay their staff and more importantly.... feed more people in need.
What's in it for The Food Architects.... point blank.... our people work, PERIOD. The ownership, even with this plan, would not be able to cover any operational costs..... and would absorb at least a $25,000 per month loss. Is it a perfect plan... no.... but the operational loss is our problem..... helping others is more important right now. If you know us... Kurt, Pat, Anthony, Ava.... any of us.... at any level... you know that this is all true and from our hearts.... we just do not know how to get this out to the right people.
So.... if you read this.... and have the ability to donate.... PLEASE DO.... if you are an executive at a company that is mostly unaffected, sales wise.... please pry open the corporate wallet. Where does this end.... who knows..... Can we raise $1,000,000..... we are unsure, but it would be great...... PLEASE with all of the crazy stories of hoarding toilet paper and people fighting over food at a supermarket..... Let's show that we still have some humanity in our souls!!!
If you want to pass this on to ANY Large Corporation, Government Office, The New Jersey Governor's Office, etc...... PLEASE DO!!!!! They for sure have the ability to put this in the hands of the right people.
We can be reached at [phone redacted]......
BE SAFE!!!! WASH YOUR HANDS!!!! STAY HOME IF YOU ARE ABLE TO WORK FROM HOME!!!!! TELL YOUR LOVED ONES THAT YOU LOVE THEM........ WE NEED TO STAY UNITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Food Architects Family..... THANKS YOU!!!!!
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