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Vernon sandwich shop offers free meals for seniors amid pandemic

The Fig has been serving free meals to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/The Fig
May 03, 2020 - 3:00 PM

After hearing the stories of seniors surviving on one meal a day during the pandemic, a Vernon sandwich owner wanted to help them out.

In the last month, The Fig has made more than 300 free meals for seniors, said owner David Scarlatescu.

"It’s up to them to have the money for click-and-collect groceries. It’s up to them to take the taxi to bring them down and (it) puts them in harms way. We wanted to provide them with something that was pre-made and hopefully (alleviates some expenses),” he said.

Scarlatescu said he's received calls to support people who are lonely, isolated and who are running on a tight budget.

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Community members have also been donating their time to help with deliveries as the shop still remains open for take-out and deliveries, he said. “A few people have even donated their money to the cause to help with extra food costs.”

Certain seniors have been needing food more frequently than just once, he said, adding that one pair gets a meal every day.

"We just want to do our part to help the community and show our gratitude,” he said.

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Since Scarlatescu can’t visit his grandparents in Romania anytime soon, he decided to support other grandparents in the community.

If you know someone who you would like to nominate, or if you’re a senior in need of a meal, message The Fig on Facebook, or call 250-558-5983.


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