The outdoor dining area at Vivo in West Bay.

A West Bay restaurant has introduced a new special that will support needy children in the community, in association with Feed our Future.

Vivo restaurant’s Two for One special, which kicked off last week, will provide one meal for a child going hungry in the district for every “Feed our Future Special Meal” purchased as part of the promotion.

According to the charity’s website, Feed our Future’s primary mission is to solve childhood hunger and support intellectual nourishment in the Cayman Islands. The organization funds a nutritionally balanced school lunch program to provide low cost or free school meals to children in need in public and private schools, with the goal of enriching participating children’s learning potential and health while reducing the burden on the community.

“Vivo is one of our newer restaurant partners, and we were brainstorming on how we could do something together that was a bit different, allowing them to support us more than they already do. We came up with this initiative as a way to link Vivo to the children we support in the West Bay community, and introduce them to the principles of sustainable eating that Vivo is promoting,” said Feed our Future Chairwoman Stacey VanDevelde.

“We work with Sir John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay, and this new special as it is still in its infancy, we currently envision the promotion providing a meal that goes home with the kids, since we already sponsor the lunch for over 30 kids at the school,” she said.

“Our initial thought was to give the children the same meal that is served at the restaurant, as that would allow us to best reflect the efforts of Vivo to promote sustainability and also pass along the knowledge to the children’s families as well.”

Vivo owner Michele Zama said he is pleased that the restaurant and Feed Our Future were able to come up with the concept.

“We wanted to do something that was not just donating money to the organization, as I really want the kids taking part in their programs to try our food, which is sustainable, vegan, local and made with love,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for the kids to taste something new.”

Mr. Zama says that each week the special will likely be something different, as daily menu items at the restaurant depend on what is delivered fresh each morning from local suppliers.

“We will see what we get fresh from the market, and will create a special dish,” said Mr. Zama.

“We hope to provide a lot of meals for kids, and maybe have them come to the restaurant even. Otherwise, we will send boxed meals over to them to take home.”

He said for Vivo it is very important to be in contact with the community and to contribute in the way they best are able.

Mr. Zama says last Tuesday’s inaugural special was Pad Thai, and the restaurant sold 13 two-for-one meals.

“Each week we hope we will sell more and more, and though the promotion is set to run for March we would like to expand it so that we can keep it going for at least the next few months.”

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