World Central Kitchen & Rincon Brewery Feed First Responders

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World Central Kitchen & Rincon Brewery Feed First Responders
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Source: Santa Barbara City Fire Department

A big fire service shout-out to World Central Kitchen and Rincon Brewery who have partnered to deliver meals to Santa Barbara City Fire, Carpinteria-Summerland Fire & Santa Barbara County Fire Departments.

Chef Jose Andres and World Central Kitchen are supporting first responders and hospitals throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties with plates of food so that we may all help our communities during this pandemic.

World Central Kitchen is a non-profit company that responds to disasters around the world with initiatives like #ChefsForAmerica which provides meals to those in need and gets people back to work in restaurants. Thank you!

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tinker1 Apr 16, 2020 06:54 AM
World Central Kitchen & Rincon Brewery Feed First Responders

While a noble thought that makes people “feel good” there is more to this. The first responders have plenty in their budgets for food. They are never “not fed”. In large scale incidents such as fires private companies are paid to provide the food. If this is replaced by donated food it results in waste and harm to the private company (thus more unemployment). During a recent fire in LA area Facebook group posts had people bragging “I just delivered pizza to this location “(fire staging). Or I just dropped off breakfast burritos at x location. It turned into a fury of outdoing each other. Then the posts started coming in from the first responders staff NO MORE FOOD DONATIONS. I agree with those suggesting the unemployed and food banks should get the meals.

tagdes Apr 15, 2020 07:16 PM
World Central Kitchen & Rincon Brewery Feed First Responders

What is clear is that they are usually the first on the scene. I guess you never realized that when someone is having a heart attack or bleeding to death time is of the essence. SB City fire locations are laid out for the critical response times of just a few minutes ( I believe it was 5 ). This is one of the reasons for mutual aid between City and County and Montecito for upper San Roque and the foothills down to Montecito. Living off of East Alamar I can guarantee you that Fire is almost always at the various response locations near here. During high fire alerts I always wait for a few minutes after hearing City Engine 4 or 5 or County 15... if I hear AMR I don't bother turning on the scanner, it's just a medical or if the copter follows...likely para sailor or hiker. It's pretty easy as all agency sirens are different so if I hear LP engine 46 responding from City Station 7 with the others W'ly on Foothill it's likely a fire as they are not usual first responders for medicals.

a-1590830875 Apr 15, 2020 02:49 PM
World Central Kitchen & Rincon Brewery Feed First Responders

It is very frustrating to see all the coverage and freebies being given to only a select "responders". In the hospital the ER staff has been receiving free meals for some time now from big donors. While they are deserving, it is slap in the face to the ICU and other Hospital staff that are far more exposed and at risk working full time with positive COVID patients. All this attention to First Responders completely misses large swaths of the community that, I would argue, are taking much more significant risks and have a greater impact on the overall crisis.

a-1590830875 Apr 15, 2020 03:51 PM
World Central Kitchen & Rincon Brewery Feed First Responders

We need to shift our thinking. I've seen quite a few first responder agencies in the state share that they DO NOT want your handouts, they want them to be given to unemployed etc people who actually NEED it! And it's true. People who are still able to work, while many are working in scary conditions no doubt, are NOT the ones who need money for food, shelter, etc. We're headed toward 20% unemployment! People are already struggling to put food on the table. Instead of making the kneejerk, emotional reaction to spend money on treats for essential workers who are still receiving a paycheck, consider donating to the Food Bank or other local charity. They can get much more food per dollar than you can, and it will do so much more good.

a-1590830875 Apr 15, 2020 12:33 PM
World Central Kitchen & Rincon Brewery Feed First Responders

Tide website has form to fill out. These towns have done that, and are receiving free laundry for families of first responders: Amarillo, Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Myers, Harrisburg, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Lubbock, Minneapolis, Naples, Oklahoma City, Palm Beach & N.Broward, Phoenix, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Sarasota, St. Louis.

a-1590830875 Apr 15, 2020 12:13 PM
World Central Kitchen & Rincon Brewery Feed First Responders

Tide (Laundry Detergent) is offering free laundry services to the family of front line responders in Las Vegas. Maybe they will offer this service in S.B. County? http://hope.tidecleaners.com to learn more and find a location.

a-1590830875 Apr 15, 2020 11:58 AM
World Central Kitchen & Rincon Brewery Feed First Responders

Man.... I wish I got free stuff for doing my job! What about the grocery clerks, cooks, produce pickers, etc who are still out there working their tails off to keep us fed through this lockdown? Do they get a parade and free things? They deserve it!

PitMix Apr 15, 2020 01:35 PM
World Central Kitchen & Rincon Brewery Feed First Responders

My understanding is they roll on medical calls but as soon as the AMR paramedics show up they step away and go back to their station. So unless someone is saying that AMR is too overwhelmed to respond to calls at this time, it is not clear what we get out of them in basic medical calls. If they didn't roll on medical calls they wouldn't be very busy since we have so few fires and right now very few accidents.

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