Tuesday, August 9, 2022

‘We’re all in this together’: Local businesses, organizations pull together to help those affected by the coronavirus

The Williamsburg Winery collected donations to buy food for hospital staff at Riverside and Sentara in Williamsburg on Friday. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of The Williamsburg Winery)
The Williamsburg Winery collected donations to buy food for hospital staff at Riverside and Sentara in Williamsburg on Friday. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of The Williamsburg Winery)

Local organizations, businesses and local governments continue to pull together to help health care workers and those affected by the corornavirus in any way, shape, or form.

Indeed social distancing is the new normal nowadays, but the mobilizations the organizations are exhibiting indicate the close-knit nature of the communities in the Peninsula.

Just this past Friday, The Williamsburg Winery used community donations to buy 260 lunches for the Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center.

With help from Northwestern Mutual, the winery collected more than $4,000 from the community and bought food from the winery’s on-site eatery: Gabriel Archer Tavern.

“We are trying to help these guys out and give them a little break from the cafeteria,” Chef David McClure of The Williamsburg Winery said in a news release. “This just goes to show how many people look out for each other in this community.”

Each $8 meal consisted of turkey & brie, roast beef & Gouda or caprese sandwiches with chips and a cookie.

The Williamsburg Winery will continue to feed health care workers in the area. You can donate to the winery’s efforts here.

Other local organizations such as restaurants and tourist attractions have also recently donated food to the community.

La Tienda is currently serving hot meals using a “pay what you can” model, and chefs at Colonial Williamsburg Resorts delivered more than 2,000 meals to the Williamsburg community, according to a Facebook post Thursday.

In addition, the city of Williamsburg bought food for public housing residents, Busch Gardens donated fresh produce to local nonprofits and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank continues to distribute food at its pantry sites and donate to nonprofits and community organizations around the Peninsula.

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Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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