By Ernisha Hall of VA Black Business Directory

 April 30, 2020

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to grow, restaurants are working hard to keep their doors open. Dining rooms were closed in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, which quickly caused a decline in revenue, this created a hardship for Black Owned Restaurants throughout the DMV. Delivery and curbside pickup services remain available to the community, although restaurant owners continue to see a decline and are forced to close their doors. The National Restaurant Association conducted a survey and reported 4 in 10 restaurants are closed as a result of Covid-19. Despite a decline in sales, this has not stopped many businesses & restaurant owners from giving back to their community. Things brings me to highlight our community heroes of the month of April.

On April 15, 2020, Richmond’s Black Restaurant Experience (RBRE) created a GoFundMe in support of over 50 restaurants in their network. RBRE is known for their dedication and  support to the growth of minority owned restaurants in Richmond. To date they have raised over $1300. If you would like to donate or help raise funds to meet immediate needs of the Richmond Black Restaurant community, please visit their GoFundMe today.

Early in the month of April, Stafford Virginia’s, Tortica Anderson, Founder and CEO of A Family Affair Event Management teamed up with Big Bad W Pit BBQ and Gift of Love Project to provide lunch to Healthcare Workers at Sentara Northern VA Medical Center, Stafford Hospital, and Mary Washington hospital as well as to the residents of Hope House Homeless Shelter.  

During the month of April, Vernon Green, founder of G3 Community Service (GC3S) in partnership with Stafford Security, and Soulific Seafood, free food was provided to community members in Garrison Woods, and Foxwood Village. According to Mr. Green their partnership has given out hundred’s of meals since the start of Covid-19, and they are committed to continue to serve the community.

On April 21st DMV Realtor, Januari Monique along with Sean Ledbetter teamed up with Applebee’s to serve residents of Fredericksburg’s Thurman Brisben Homeless shelter. Her demonstration of philanthropy should not go unnoticed.

NBC 12 On Your Side reported on April 27,  Urban Hang Suite partnered with Frontline Foods to deliver meals to the staff of the Adult Intensive Care Unit at VCU Medical Center Critical Care Hospital. They can be seen below holding a sign stating “We’re taking care of lunch, because you’re taking care of us”.

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Photo credit and Frontline Foods Richmond

Closing out the month, on April 30, 2020 Tortica, partnered up with Big Bad Pit BBQ, GCubed Inc, G3CS and multiple community members to feed the families at Paradise Estates mobile park, in Stafford VA. Mr. Green is known to say “together we can do more”. If you would like to contribute to serving your community within the DMV, please reach out to your local restaurant or community leader and partner today. 

For more sightings of our community heroes, please email or tag us on our Facebook or Instagram page and we are happy to celebrate them both on our timeline and in our June 1st publication. “We rise, by lifting others”~VABBD