If anything, the coronavirus pandemic is revealing people’s true colors. There are those who hoard toilet paper and hand sanitizer. And then there are others who cook more than a thousand free meals for the local community.
Generosity has always been a pillar for Mera Kitchen Collective -- a Baltimore-based, worker-owned cooperative supporting international chefs. Recently, the collective has had momentum in its mission to empower refugees to tap into their culinary heritage by cooking at pop-up events. Just as important as giving back is in these uncertain times, the organization’s founders also want to keep their chefs working as event after event gets cancelled.
“With so many things postponed, that is a sizable chunk of money that’s disappearing before our eyes,” co-founder Emily Lerman says. “Also there is an acute need for people around the city who are already food-insecure, with the pandemic only making things worse.”
So Mera organizers put out a call on social media to find people in need of meals throughout the next week and said the response was enormous -- everyone from healthcare workers to out-of-work parents responded. Now, they are cooking and delivering 1,400 free meals.