Although Winnipeg restaurants have yet to receive a provincial mandate to close, many of the city’s establishments have adopted self-closing policies to help curb the spread of COVID-19. While the fallout of sudden restaurant closures can be seen on numerous levels, an often-overlooked detriment is the overwhelming amount of perishable food that can go to waste.
In many cases, restaurants have elected to donate what they can to local food banks or sell to staff at reduced pricing, but the accompanying stress and uncertainty of closing indefinitely can make the task difficult to manage.
Hey there industry pals! Love and respect goes out to all of you making the difficult decision to close for the time being. Perishables and produce will inevitably be sacrificed for the greater good. We want to help with that. @kitchensync_wpg has generously donated the space. We are donating the time. @mainstreetproject will be distributing what we make. DM me if you have perishables that you would like to see get used. Take care of yourself. Take care of your crew. Hang in there. ❤️
Using space provided by Winnipeg’s Kitchen Sync, Kramer is taking all of the food he collects from local restaurants that can’t be immediately redistributed by Main Street Project and cooking it into soups, stews, and salads that they can serve right away or freeze and reserve.
“We’re just going for volume, not individual meals,” Kramer explains. “Some food will be for grocery--pick up, staples, etc. Some food will be ready to eat for lunch and supper. Some food will be batch cooked for freezing.”
As of March 17, Kramer had collected donations from roughly 20 Winnipeg restaurants. Kramer says that while the downsides to the widespread closures have been overwhelming, what’s been the most overwhelming has been the generosity shown by the people of Winnipeg.