South Pasadena restaurants band together to feed frontline workers during coronavirus pandemic


LOS ANGELES (KABC) – As workers protect us on the front lines, small businesses in South Pasadena are showing kindness through food donations.

South Pasadena Homegrown Exchange, a community group founded by Michelle Hammond, partners with local small businesses to deliver free meals to workers in grocery stores, hospitals and nursing homes.

“It’s more the idea that they’re valued for the risks they’re taking and that they’re being considered,” Hammond said.

She hopes the new initiative will empower small businesses in the community by helping each other and those in need amid the hardships of COVID19.

“Everyone was saying it was such a great idea. I started getting DMs for more purchases to deliver,” Hammond told ABC7. “I felt like, well, it could be bigger, other restaurants could set it up,” she explained.

Thanks to the generosity of customers, the meals collected are being provided by area restaurants such as Tomato Pie Pizza Joint – one of the many businesses that are pivoting to stay afloat during the pandemic crisis.

“We have such a large clientele that comes and they appreciate so much that we’re here, and we appreciate them,” said Hunter Phelan, co-owner and general manager of Tomato Pie Pizza Joint. “All of our employees are very grateful to work,” added Phelan.

You can help those on the front lines with donations and additional deliveries by sending a message to South Pasadena Homegrown Exchange on Instagram and Facebook.

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