Tribe Hospitality in Galway has been working to provide food to frontline medical workers across the region, supplying over 1,000 meals to date.
Over 12 days ago, Kevin Nugent, MD of Tribe Hospitality, got an email from a woman who wanted in some way to help frontline staff but had no real way of directly assisting. She wanted to support with money and from this sprang the idea of feeding the heroes who are working to save lives every day.
A gofund me page with a target of €500 was set up and in 4 days €7,000 was raised. You can still donate online.
Tribe Hospitality has now served over 1,000 meals to staff at UCHG in Galway and has coupled this with gathering surplus food and bringing it to Galway Simon community.
Tribe Hospitality’s Mr Waffle location in Newcastle, which is directly across from UCHG, opened its doors for all HSE staff last week. Staff could get a coffee and in-house baked pastry; and Mr. Waffle staff were volunteering their time keeping the shop open.
“We never expected the response from the local community and businesses in enabling us to feed and provide coffee to the frontline staff in UCHG. Between the kindness and encouragement from local businesses and the general public, we have been able to continue providing lunches to the incredible staff in UCHG, despite closing all our stores,” explained Kevin Nugent.
“Again, this is not something we ever expected. This is an operation that would not have been possible without the support of the public and other local businesses. This is a challenging time for everyone, but everyone rallying together to support these incredible workers will try and help them get through this difficult time,” he continued.
The crowdfunding page is at over €11k now and “it has been so heart-warming and also it give a sense of purpose and perspective. We will continue to do this work as long as we can,” said Kevin.