Five St. Louis Restaurants Giving Back During the Pandemic

All of GiftAMeal's partner restaurants are focused on giving back to the community as they help us provide thousands of meals every month to those in need. We've identified five restaurants that give back in other ways and change the lives of many people along the way. Check out what Bloom Café, Espresso Yourself Coffee & Cafe, Juniper, Main and Mill Brewing Company and The Red Porch Cafe are doing, and visit them to support local businesses that are changing the communities around them!

Bloom Café

5200 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Photo: @meetatthebloom

In addition to being one of our top donating partner restaurants, the Bloom Café helps people with disabilities by training and hiring them. They are owned by the nonprofit Paraquad, an organization that assists people who have a wide variety of disabilities. Bloom Café offers a unique job training program for these individuals in order to help them grow their independence. For 12 weeks, students learn workplace skills and about food safety and handling, and after, they get a paid internship at Bloom Café and other local restaurants. At the end of this internship, Paraquad places these graduates into permanent positions at different restaurants. Make sure to visit Bloom Café and check out all of the good that they are doing! They are currently open for dine-in, takeout, and curbside pickup.

Juniper

4101 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108

Photo: @junipereats

John Perkins, owner of Juniper, started the Meals for Meds program in which restaurants delivered complimentary meals to health workers fighting on the frontlines during the pandemic. He expanded the program and inspired many restaurants to join him, allowing him to give back in a massive way. In addition to restaurants donating food, customers and businesses could donate money to the cause as well. When ordering food online from Juniper, customers continue to have the option to donate money to Meals for Meds. Thank you Juniper for helping the community during this tough time! They are currently open for takeout.

Main and Mill Brewing Company

240 E Main St, Festus, MO 63028

Photo: @mainandmillbrewingco

Main & Mill Brewing Company donated a total of 725 meals to the most vulnerable during the pandemic. These included Mercy hospital staff, Developmentally Disable Advocates, and long term care facilities. They made a tremendous impact on our community, and fueled our heroes during these unprecedented times. We love to be partners with a restaurant that is dedicated to giving back to our community! They are currently open for dine-in, takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery.

The Gramophone

4243 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Photo: @TheGramophone

When all restaurants and shops in St. Louis were forced to shut down in March for dine-in, the owner of The Gramophone, Roo Yawitz, recognized that restaurant employees and business owners would need relief to navigate the crisis. Along with Gerard Craft, owner of Niche Food Group, Yawitz approached the St. Louis Community Foundation about starting a fund that would provide assistance to those affected by the pandemic. A week later, the foundation launched the Gateway Resilience Fund which raised donations and distributed money to business owners and restaurant employees. Local businesses led fundraising events to raise money for this fund, and by April 14th, the Gateway Resilience Fund had distributed $1 million to more than 1,800 people. The Gramophone sold t-shirts to raise money for the fund! Thank you Roo Yawitz for supporting the St. Louis community. They are currently open for dine-in, takeout and curbside pickup!

The Red Porch Cafe

301 E Hanover St, New Baden, IL 62265

Photo: @TheRedPorchCafe

The Red Porch Cafe’s mission is “Brew Good. Do Good”, so every purchase goes to help Community Link - an organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in our community. The Red Porch Cafe provides jobs and training for people with disabilities, and sells local, handcrafted products whose profits also go to support Community Link. Therefore, visit them for your morning coffee, lunch or simply to relax and support this cafe that is changing lives and the community around them.They are currently open for dine-in, takeout, and curbside pickup!

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