For struggling families across Grand Cayman wondering where their next meal is coming from, the surprising answer might be two of Cayman’s top restaurants.

Grand Old House and The Wharf have begun delivering free meals to needy families on a weekly basis.

The project started in East End last week, where five families – 24 people – were served Cayman-style beef prepared by the chefs at Grand Old House.

Luciano De Riso, head of operations for both restaurants, said, “For us, preparing extra food like that is not a big issue. It is a busy place and it doesn’t cost us too much extra to cook more.

“We have been in business for 50 years and we want to give something back to the community, especially for those who can’t afford to come to our restaurant.”

The two restaurants will deliver to different families each week, stepping up to twice a week as Christmas approaches.

Nadine Holness, who works part-time as an accountant at Grand Old House, came up with the idea and is hoping to get more restaurants on board.

Nadine Holness and Luciano De Riso prepare meals for delivery. – PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY
Nadine Holness and Luciano De Riso prepare meals for delivery. – PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

Initially she said she had donated money herself and started a GoFundMe page to help buy food for people who could not afford to pay for groceries on a regular basis. Once Grand Old House and The Wharf got involved, she said, the project expanded.

The Department of Children and Family Services provides a list of families for the project, she said.

“The list we have is very large, so it will be different families every week, but we will circle back to them. We are trying to find people who aren’t necessarily looked after at the moment.”

She said her main focus is on the elderly and families with a lot of children.

Any other businesses that want to get involved, or individuals who want to help, may contact caymangivers@outlook.com.

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  1. I take my hat off to anyone who is participating in this initiative. Altruism is not dead. Stories like this one should be on a front page.
    Please don’t forget Anna Evans children.
    Compass, can we have an update on how they are doing?

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  2. Well done Nadine, for your initiative. Hopefully more restaurants will join in and provide much needed assistance to the overstretched, underfunded Meals on Wheels, which has helped poor families for so many years.

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