Stoller, Botanist House help service industry workers, Meals on Wheels People
The Stoller Wine Group has joined forces with the Botanist House and Meals on Wheels People of Portland to help deliver meals to Oregon's displaced restaurant and hospitality workers and the elderly community in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Botanist House announced March 18 they would offer free and reduced-cost meals to service industry professionals financially impacted by the novel coronavirus outbreak. Meals can be picked up at a centralized location or delivered directly to a doorstep. Their efforts have quickly grown from seven meals on the first day to more than 200.
"As soon as restaurants and bars were shut down, we knew that we needed to stick to our core and pivot our business to ease the financial burden of everyday life," said Matt Davidson, co-founder and owner of The Botanist House.
Davidson's team is focusing on serving individuals and families who have been laid off, had their business temporarily shut down, or are experiencing a significant reduction in business. "In the last 10 days it feels like we've been running around like chickens with our heads cut off, but we're making it happen," he said.
March 23, the Stoller Wine Group offered to help amplify the Botanist House's efforts by facilitating a strategic partnerhsip with Meals on Wheels People and Oregon distributor Young's Market Company.
"Seemingly overnight we watched our restauant and hospitality partners lose what were otherwise stables jobs," said Gary Mortensen, president of the Stoller Wine Group. "Supporting our community is a huge part of our mission and our B Corp values. As soon as we heard about what the Botanist team was doing, we were motivated to help them scale the project to reach more people and increase resources."
For all of April and May a portion of the proceeds from Stoller Wine Group brands will benefit Meals on Wheels People and the Botanist House. This will include grocery store sales of Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem Winery, Chemistry, and Canned Oregon wines throughout Oregon. Additionally, the Stoller Wine Group has selected a special assortment of Stoller Family Estate and Chehalem Winery wines for sale on its website, with a percentage of proceeds dedicated to this cause.
"Since the declaration of the pandemic, the requests for meals has increased 406%," said Meals on Wheels People CEO Suzanne Washington. "We serve a frail and elderly population, many of whom depend on Meals on Wheels for their only food of the day. We really do not have the option of not serving them. As the demand for meals has increased dramatically, we are so grateful for the generosity of the Stoller Wine Group."
"We are proud to be a part of this collaboration with the Stoller Wine Group and Botanist House," said Meals on Wheels People Chief Development Officer Tony Staser. "If we can lend our expertise to Botanist house to assist with the production of meals and a delivery system for those impacted in the restaurant industry, we are happy to do so."
To learn about the special assortment of Stoller Wines visit stollerwinegroup.com.
To learn how you can receive meals from the Botanist House visit botanisthouse.com or the Meals on Wheels People website, mowp.org. Donations to Meals on Wheels People can also be made on the website.
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