Hundreds of pounds of food donated for service industry workers

Posted at 8:33 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 21:33:07-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — We all understand there is a tremendous need for food and supplies, which is exactly why one of Nashville’s most well-known chefs, decided to give back in such a big way.

Those who drove past the Mockingbird restaurant in the Gulch on Friday might have thought it was just another delivery.

FreshPoint, a food service company who on any other day would stock up restaurants, made a special delivery to help out hospitality industry employees who are out of work during the COVID-19 outbreak.

"FreshPoint reached out to us and said, 'hey we got stuff that’s getting wasted, can you help us get it distributed?' and we said, 'yeah, we’ll do whatever we can,'" said Maneet Chauhan, of Chauhan Ale & Masala.

Chauhan said the initial plan was to help feed families of those in the service industry, many of whom have lost jobs, wages and couldn’t afford groceries otherwise.

When word spread across the city of the free produce giveaway, people from all over stopped by.

Whether they were in the service industry or not, no one was turned away.

"It’s tough. There’s no questions about it. I don’t think there’s a single person who is not reeling from the coronavirus. But we must be positive, we must be safe, we have to be smart and make sure we’re there for each other.” Chauhan said.

Maneet and her crew also set aside pallets of food for groups like the Nashville Food Project, as well as food for local students who may miss a meal because they’re not in school.