First responders in and around the Flatiron District are eating well this month.
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership is funding daily meal delivery orders, with the help of a GoFundMe campaign, to support neighborhood restaurants and feed essential workers. The Partnership launched the “Feed Flatiron’s First Responders” initiative on May 4 and hopes to continue it through the end of the month.
The Partnership is purchasing more than 100 meals a day-
seven days a week, from restaurants in Flatiron and NoMad—neighborhoods known for their critically acclaimed eats and culinary significance. The restaurants deliver meals to EMS workers, police officers, and firefighters. Lucky recipients include the EMS Station at Bellevue Hospital, two local FDNY Stations (Engines 3 and 14), and the NYPD 13th Precinct.
“Through our Feed Flatiron’s First Responders program, we are expressing our deep gratitude to the first responders in our community who are putting their lives on the line every day to fight this pandemic,” Partnership Executive Director James Mettham said. “At the same time, this is a great way to support local restaurants that have contributed so much to our neighborhood’s vibrancy, who are now struggling to stay afloat.”
The Partnership committed an initial $10,000 to kick-start the program –
and is matching every donation, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. They have raised over $6,100 via the “Feed Flatiron First Responders” GoFundMe page and purchased about 2,000 meals so far. They hope to reach $10,000 to continue the deliveries through the end of May.
“We are grateful to everyone who has generously donated so far,” Mettham added. “We encourage people to continue contributing to the campaign to show our EMS workers, firefighters, and police officers—as well as our restaurant owners and employees—that our community has their backs.”
Participating restaurants that have prepared and delivered meals
include, Mangia, Zucker’s Bagels & Smoked Fish, Hill Country Barbecue Market, Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine, Leonelli Taberna, Bourke Street Bakery, Bravo Pizza, Eataly Flatiron, Field’s Good Chicken, Honeybrains, Memo Shish Kabob, Areppas, Melt Shop, BXL Zoute, Sweetcatch Poke, Summer Salt, Om Juice Bar, Taim, Dig Inn, Mexicue, Zero Otto Nove, Little Beet, Blackbarn, Flatiron Plate, and Dos Caminos.