Over the last year we have seen a many devastating natural disasters across the country. The hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico and the more recent fires in Northern and Southern California have devastated communities. During these disasters there have been countless reports of restaurants pitching in. Whether it be feeding the displaced, donating money, or taking care of employees who are suffering; restaurants have stepped up to the challenge.
Puerto Rico is still suffering months after Hurricane Maria. Much of the country still doesn’t have power and pipelines are in disrepair. Some of the hardest hit Puerto Rican’s are the farmers. The Secretary of Agriculture, Carlos Flores Otero estimates the numbers at “We lost $45 million of net produce just with Irma, and $200 million with María” a staggering amount.
In recent years there has been a farming renaissance in Puerto Rico attracting many young farmers to the region. This has helped expand the local food movement and farm to table initiatives in the area. Much of this progress has been set back by the hurricanes.
We wanted to spotlight a restaurant who is going above and beyond to help out the farming communities devastated by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. City Winery has planned a trip for 125 of their team members to go to Puerto Rico for three days and work to help rebuild farms devastated by the hurricanes. Chef Cuevas of Restaurant 1919 in Puerto Rico will be leading them in their efforts.
As part of the tripCity Wineryemployees will bringing over needed supplies such as ground coffee, shovels, extensions cords, dehydrated milk, and diapers.
If you would like to join City Winery in their efforts and make a monetary donation they are accepting them through their website.