WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Shelters continue to close their doors to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, making the homeless population amongst the most vulnerable this year.
“In Polk County, 23% of our kids here don’t know if they’re going to eat today,” said Grant Piche of Catering Oasis in Winter Haven.
Piche and his wife Donna have a charity called Restaurants Against Hunger. Through the program the help to provide front line workers with food to disperse to the needy.
“I felt like it wasn’t enough, I wanted to do more,” he said. “It bothered me seeing all the homeless people out here in my neighborhood, knowing they didn’t have much to eat; they may be able to get breakfast or lunch but dinner is harder.”
Piche and his wife filled a refrigerator up with cold waters and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and placed it outside of their catering business.
“We can’t do this without our supporters,” said Piche. “The community has really been involved, including the angels that fill this refrigerator when we’re not there.”
Catering Oasis took a big hit during the pandemic because their entire business model is built around social gatherings.
Even still, Piche and his wife found the will to give with hope that they can inspire someone else.