Last summer, with the financial support and help of 15 moms in my neighborhood, I organized food delivery to physicians, nurses and custodial staff in local hospitals. Restaurants worked with me on the price, menus and quantities and were quite accommodating! In some cases, the restaurant delivered the food directly to the hospital and in other cases, I picked up and dropped the food.
I am writing this post with the hope that it inspires someone somewhere to do what I did. We should always attempt to thank the folks who keep us safe. Delivering food to hospitals helps in two ways: 1. It keep our medical and custodial workers on the front lines fed 2. It support restaurants affected by social distancing measures
The key is to be organized and to coordinate the effort in advance with a member of the hospital staff. Once you have that name, coordination becomes wayyy easier!
What to order?
Several cuisines are good for takeout. Choose both vegetarian and meat items to accommodate everyone. Ask in advance if gluten-free is needed or if anyone needs special accomodations. Ask for their catering menu and ask questions regarding the quantity. Scroll down for ideas.
How much to order? How much will it cost?
I would suggest smaller orders - Food for 25 people because it is much for manageable. Here is Los Angeles, it will cost you approximate $200 (including tips and taxes) to serve about 25 people. Several restaurants opt to deliver for free or throw in extra if they know of your charity initiatives. Here are some ideas, based on the work that I did during the pandemic:
Medium tray of Chicken Tikka Masala
Medium try of Mutter Paneer
Medium tray of Daal Makhani
Rice for 25 people
15 Naan Breads, cut in 4 halves
Mediterranean Food from a Chicken-forward restaurant
Small Mediterranean-style vegetarian primevera pasta
Spicy Garlic Chicken Fettuccine pasta with vegetables
Chicken Feast (2 large chicken)
Four large side orders of falafels, rice and extra sauces - Lemon Basil and Spicy Lemon Garlic
Mediterranean veggie variety of tabouli, hummus, potato salad, greek coleslaw, grape leaves, feta cheese and more falafels
Kung Pao Chicken
Black Pepper Angus Steak