Inspiration During the Coronavirus Pandemic
by Sophia Greenblatt
On March 13, 2020, chef Eric Ripert shut down Le Bernardin, his five-star restaurant in New York City, in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Ripert graciously donated all of the food stored in the kitchen to City Harvest, a huge food rescue organization in New York City. City Harvest gathers millions of pounds of food every year and distributes it to locations throughout the city.
Coming Together While Social Distancing
This is not the first time Ripert has donated food to the organization; in fact, every day the restaurant provides City Harvest with food. Ripert is the vice-chairman of the board of directors of City Harvest and helps the organization with the mobile markets they run. Mobile markets are a place for residents in need to gather the produce they need and learn how to make healthy food. Ripert volunteered at the South Bronx mobile market the day after he donated the food. He said, “when you give the food to the people, they are very grateful, very happy, very thankful.” The volunteers carefully followed safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
Ripert serves as an inspiration to us all to try and safely help others during this challenging time. We pray for the quick recovery of all those affected by the virus.