As healthcare workers continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic, Wahlburgers chef Paul Wahlberg is stepping up to feed those in need.
Wahlberg is delivering meals throughout the week in the Wahlburgers food truck, stopping in Quincy at Father Bill’s & MainSpring shelter, South Shore YMCA’s emergency shelter, and its two emergency childcare centers for essential and medical workers. Additionally, Wahlberg’s Hingham Italian-Mediterranean restaurant Alma Nove is providing prepared meals to elderly residents of local senior housing.
Wahlberg’s efforts are part of a partnership with the South Shore YMCA, which recently launched a weekly COVID-19 Community Support Challenge. Each week, the Y will partner with different restaurants and retailers to provide warm meals and supplies to the organization’s food pantry participants, emergency shelter guests, and kids and teachers at the Y’s emergency childcare centers, according to a press release.
“We recognized this project as an amazing opportunity to help local restaurants while also supporting the Y’s emergency efforts,” said South Shore YMCA president and CEO Paul Gorman said in the release. “They need the business, and the Y needs warm meals, supplies and financial support for our food pantry, emergency shelter and emergency childcare centers.”
The Y hopes to raise $10,000 in donations from community members in order to support this challenge, which Wahlberg said he agreed to join as soon as he heard about it.
“When I heard about the idea, my immediate reaction was, ‘Of course we’ll do this. We’ll figure out a way to make this work.’” Wahlberg said in the release.
According to the Y, other restaurant owners expected to participate in future weeks include Brian Houlihan (The Tinker’s Son, Trident, Galley of Scituate) and George Montilio (Montilio’s Bakery).
With the Y’s annual Taste of the South Shore springtime fundraiser delayed until the fall, Gorman hopes South Shore residents will support the challenge.
“So many people in our community want to pitch in and help,” said Gorman, “But with social distancing in place, we simply cannot ask anyone to volunteer in person. These challenges offer the community a way to help and feel empowered through donations during a time when we cannot ask them to join us in person.”