Free meals have been delivered to more than 300 seniors from The Fig restaurant in Vernon. Pictured is Kevin, one of the recipients and David Scarlatescu, owner of the downtown Vernon restaurant. (Facebook photo)

North Okanagan seniors served free meals during pandemic

More than 300 meals served to date from The Fig

Hearing about a local senior and his brother who were evicted around the start of COVID-19 and living off one meal per day struck the heart of a Vernon business owner.

But this was just one of many more emotional stories to come of seniors struggling to afford the basic necessities of food.

That’s what prompted David Scarlatescu, who owns The Fig downtown, to offer free meals for seniors in March. And the store has since served more than 300 to local seniors, with hundreds more in the pipeline.

“We were heartbroken to hear about their situation and decided to offer them a free meal each every day,” said Scarlatescu, of Kevin’s situation. “Just like this, the stories have been extremely emotional and they truly show exactly why we wanted to do this in the first place.”

The young businessman and his staff have grandparents too, who are the most vulnerable during this pandemic.

“This is a very sensitive matter for all of us and we want to make sure that we are looking after our seniors, as these past few weeks have been extremely difficult for them getting to the grocery store and finding what they need while trying to stay safe,” he said in a Facebook post.

The Fig has been assisted by other business owners and individuals who have stepped up to make monetary donations to support the cause.

“Thanks to your extremely generous support of money, time, help with deliveries, and awareness, we will be able to positively impact the lives of so many in our local community.”

If you have elderly parents, grandparents, senior family members, neighbors, or know anybody that could benefit from this while still ensuring their safety during this time as they are the most at risk, you can contact The Fig via Facebook messenger or call 250-558-5983.

“This community has been and continues to be our family and everyone’s elderly are ours too,” said Scarlatescu. “We’re all in this together.”

READ MORE: Vernon resource aims to help seniors in COVID-19 crisis

READ MORE: COVID-19 fails to curb opening of Vernon farm orchard


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

CoronavirusFoodSeniors

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WorkSafe BC conducted 70 inspections in the Okanagan amid B.C.’s reopening plan

WorkSafe BC has conducted 100 inspections at restaurants across the province since May 19

EDITORIAL: Revisiting alcohol consumption

A proposal to allow alcohol consumption in some public spaces in Penticton deserves consideration

Chute Lake Lodge opens June 1, offering glamping, yurt, and ebike rentals

Escape into the wilderness and #lovelocalpenticton when Chute Lake Lodge reopens for the season

Summerland businesses optimistic as reopening begins

Businesses make plans for restructuring as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed

Okanagan Skaha School District to reopen playgrounds

Facilities will reopen to the public on June 1

Vancouver Island bride held wedding in seniors home so dying stepdad could walk her down aisle

Ceremony held amidst pandemic in order to fulfill bride’s wish to have stepdad give her away

Yukon ready to lift COVID travel restrictions with B.C. in July: premier

Premier Sandy Silver says the territory’s health-care system can cope with the virus.

‘It is dire:’ Study finds B.C. logging continues on critical caribou habitat

The federal Species At Risk Act requires provinces to identify critical habitat for caribou herds

Grieving together, but apart: How funeral homes are handling the pandemic

‘Hugs are so important and right now hugs can’t happen’

Parts of the TCT through Princeton will open to motorized vehicles Monday

Parts of the KVR trail through Princeton will open for motorized vehicles… Continue reading

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

North Okanagan farmers’ markets excited to welcome artisans back amid COVID-19

Provincial health officer announced non-food items to return to markets this weekend

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

Most Read