After dropping off nonperishables at a nearby high school around lunchtime on Thursday, May 7, Carroll’s Kitchen delivered Italian food to the entire staff at a post office. It all …
After dropping off nonperishables at a nearby high school around lunchtime on Thursday, May 7, Carroll’s Kitchen delivered Italian food to the entire staff at a post office. It all started with a promotion by Carroll’s Kitchen, in which they randomly select a name submitted who is considered an essential worker.
“We have done it twice already,” said James Destasio, the director of charity operations at Carroll’s Kitchen. “The first one happened to be a police officer in Brooklyn who happens to live in the community. We fed all his coworkers. The second one was Deb Houston, [who is in the] postal service. We delivered 25 meals for the whole staff at the post office instead of just her.”
Houston, who works at the post office, had her name submitted by a resident. Commenting on the name of a fellow resident who continues to go to work daily despite the health pandemic led to the nonprofit feeding Houston and all her coworkers.
“We had a lot of food, and they were very happy,” Houston said. “The people in the medical staff have it a little rougher. They are in contact with [infected persons]. They know they are in contact with [infected persons]. We are out there working. We don’t really know if we are in contact with the people or not. We are still out there wearing the masks and gloves and doing our job every day.”
Houston added that there are many individuals who do not leave their homes at all, considering the social distancing restrictions in place. Most people are relying heavily on delivery services like the USPS.
Destasio said that they will continue to do promotions like the one that fed essential workers like Houston and her coworkers.
“We are always looking for new, fun, different ways to get the community involved and show appreciation to all the essential workers who really had to go to work during this pandemic,” Destasio said.
Long Island Foodies, a Facebook group that brings awareness to good dining spots on Long Island, holds contests for the sake of bringing recognition to local eateries, wineries, and breweries from Freeport to Montauk. This past weekend into the beginning of the week, the group began a contest for Bistro 25 East in Sayville, and Carroll’s Kitchen partnered alongside.
“We do a lot to get the word out about places; giveaways and freebies are a big viable marketing option,” said Marc Warner, creator of the Long Island Foodies group. “We do that for basically all of our partners. We decided to do something special for Carroll’s: give away four different things to four different winners.”
Four people who enter win prizes, and entering involves two simple steps: complete a survey, and then leave a comment on the Facebook post indicating which item on the menu you would like to try.
First and second-place winners win a date night for two including an appetizer, two entrees, one side and two desserts. Third and fourth-place winners will win a $25 gift certificate.
Warner said contests typically last the length of 72 to 96 hours, and this contest had one of the highest participation rates of contests in the last six months.
“It is always nice to see the people engage,” he said.
Warner said winners will likely be selected by Friday or Saturday, this upcoming weekend.