March 23, 2020– Staff Meals is an initiate started by the owners of Say Mercy! to help people in need during the COVID-19 crisis Everybody is scared. Many industries are facing hardships with some grinding to a halt. Business owners don’t know if they will have a business to come back to after this is all said and done. Some people are panicking. Others are taking this opportunity to reach out and help each other. Out of this, Staff Meals was born. Collective Hospitality is the management team who runs The Mackenzie Room and Say Mercy! and this crisis brought out their creativity. They started a line of 500ml ready-to-eat dishes to warm up at home, all under $10 each. The idea being that it was a cost-effective option for people who want to eat good food. They made some rapid changes to the Say Mercy! website to allow it to take orders and process payments. And as an added bonus, $2 is added to every order and is donated directly to the food bank. Staff Meals goes a step further A large percentage of the front-of-house serving staff within the industry is now out of work. In fact, many customer-facing retail staff are in the same boat. So along with meals you can buy for yourself, Say Mercy! also sells Suspended Stew. This is a $5 meal you purchase, but don’t eat… it’s for someone in need. It’s a way of ensuring someone else also gets to enjoy a tasty meal tonight, when they might not have otherwise. Looks like success After one week of operating the Staff Meal initiative, they have already raised $450 for the food bank and have had 440 Suspended Stews purchased. If that wasn’t enough, word has spread of the good work Collective Hospitality is doing. Other restaurants are joining force and opting in to also offer Staff Meals with the same setup; $2 donation to the food bank with every order and the option of buying a Suspended Stew for someone in need. Staff Meals offered at: Place orders: Tuesdays - Saturdays from 8AM until they sell out. Pick up orders: Same day between 4:30PM - 6:30PM Pick up from: Say Mercy's back door: 4298 Fraser Street, Vancouver Place orders: Daily from 8AM - 2PM Pick up orders: Same day between 4:30PM - 6:30PM Pick up from: Belgard Kitchen: 55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver Place orders: Wednesdays - Sundays from 8AM - 2PM Pick up orders: Same day between 4:30PM - 6:30PM Pick up from: Dachi: 2297 E Hastings St, Vancouver Place orders: Daily from 8AM - 2PM Pick up orders: Same day between 2PM - 6PM Pick up from: Fable kitchen: 1944 W 4th Ave, Vancouver Place orders: By calling (778) 379-7003 or via Instagram DM Pick up orders: Daily between 12pm - 7pm Pick up from: Pampanga's Cuisine: 5179 Joyce St, Vancouver Place orders: By calling (604) 620-3256 Pick up orders: Mon - Fri from 5pm - 9pm and Sat - Sun from 12pm - 9pm Pick up from: The Arbor: 3941 Main St, Vancouver Place orders: Daily before 3PM Pick up orders: Same day between 4PM - 6PM Pick up from: The Acorn: 3995 Main St, Vancouver Written by: Alistair is a real lover of food having visited over 250 restaurants around Vancouver in the last 2.5 years. Passionate about sharing food while connecting with people, he is the founder and the host of the Dinner Devils. Having spent 10 years living in Europe, he is bringing some of that food culture back home with the creation of this group.