Oakland Restaurant 'alaMar' Offering Free Meals For Restaurant Workers

Oakland's alaMar Kitchen & Bar just offered up a huge gift to show their appreciation to restaurant workers. alaMar said that beginning this week they will give out 1,500 free meals per week to restaurant workers who have been displaced and affected by the coronavirus outbreak. alaMar is located at 100 Grand Ave and serves up fresh seafood and California cuisine.

Chef Nelson German issued this announcement: "We are here for you, Oakland! ... Due to the closure of restaurants in California, we have an urgent need for assistance for the thousands of restaurant workers who find themselves suddenly without work, without a paycheck, and without a support system. "Independent restaurants are at the center of the vibrant growth in America. For the past decade, we have relied on the stellar hospitality and positive PR of the independent restaurant scene to make this a city we are incredibly proud of. But now restaurant workers need your help more than ever. If we don’t take a stand and do something now, there will not be an independent restaurant industry to speak of when the coronavirus crisis is over." Starting this Wednesday, April 8, "in partnership with @makersmark and @leeinitiative @chefedwardlee, @chefnel4 and @dcpatterson, we will turn @alamaroakland into a relief center for restaurant workers who have been laid off or have had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay," "On Wednesdays through Sundays, we will pack hundreds of to-go meals for the next few weeks as funding allows. Alamar remains open to the public for takeout/delivery service. . Details of the Restaurant Workers Relief Program are below: • Meal pick up address: alaMar Kitchen at 100 Grand Ave in Oakland • Beginning Wednesday, April 8th Meals will be distributed by contactless curbside pickup: Wednesdays through Sundays as funding allows 4pm - 6pm first come first served. Please pull up in your car on Valdez St. Walk ups are also welcome. "

People who want to come and pick up a meal must show some identifying paperwork showing that they worked at a restaurant. Meals can be picked up between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday evenings at the restaurant. The meals will be delivered via contactless curbside pickup. If you would like to make a donation please email alamaroak@gmail.com.

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