Bronx restaurant becomes soup kitchen to help community during pandemic

Bronx restaurant becomes soup kitchen to help community during pandemic

In spite of the challenges that restaurants have been facing during the 코로나 바이러스 감염병 세계적 유행, this restaurant decided to lend a helping hand by becoming a soup kitchen.

La Morada, a Mexican 레스토랑 in the Bronx, first opened in 2009 and has been recognized by the Michelin Guide for its authentic Oaxacan food.

4 월, the family-run restaurant decided to open its doors to people in need, including the elderly, disabled, unemployed and those who aren’t able to cook.

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La Morada makes about 650 free meals a day through its soup kitchen while continuing to serve paying customers.

Volunteers unload boxed meals prepared at La Morada, 수요일에, 10 월. 28, 2020, 뉴욕에서. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Volunteers unload boxed meals prepared at La Morada, 수요일에, 10 월. 28, 2020, 뉴욕에서. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

“We always say that activism is our secret spice, so I feel like it was just very natural for us to serve the community with what we have,” co-owner Yajaira Saavedra, 32, 말했다. “It also goes back to our Indigenous roots when we all pitched in, gathered small ingredients and made a big pot as a meal.”

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Early on in the pandemic, Saavedra and her parentswho co-own the restaurant with herhad to close La Morada for a month because the family suffered from coronavirus symptoms.

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When they reopened, they decided to start the soup kitchen and made 200 soups to give away on their first day.

Natalia Méndez cooks in the kitchen of La Morada, an award winning Mexican restaurant she co-owns with her family in South Bronx, Wednesday Oct. 28, 2020, 뉴욕에서. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Natalia Méndez cooks in the kitchen of La Morada, an award winning Mexican restaurant she co-owns with her family in South Bronx, Wednesday Oct. 28, 2020, 뉴욕에서. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The soups were gone within an hour.

“We realized the necessity was huge,” Saavedra’s mother, Natalia Méndez, 말했다. “The next day, without thinking, we cooked double.”

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Even before the pandemic, La Morada took an active role in the community, by hosting a book exchange and naming a poet in residence.

지금, La Morada operates its soup kitchen from Tuesday through Friday and does its prep work on Mondays.

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Brooklyn nonprofit Rethink Food provides funds to the soup kitchen while volunteers and local organizations help distribute food and donate ingredients.

“It is mostly the community pitching in and friends and allies just saying, ‘We are going to do this, we are going to fight together and survive,’” Saavedra said.

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