Beth and Katie Talarico co-run the Piazza Talarico on Liberty Avenue in Lawrenceville, but the coronavirus has stopped their normal workflow. They aren't complaining, however, as they join hands with their close friend Mary Brunner-Ferrese to help feed children during the pandemic.
The three women have made hundreds of meals for Pittsburgh Public Schools children and others, with the financial and emotional support of Talarico's parents and donations from friends and other restaurant owners.
According to Beth Talarico, Mary is the brain behind the idea for the benefit:
"Mary came to us and said there's a lot of schools that are closing and these kids don't always know where their next meal is coming from. Sometimes their only square meal each day is at school."
We’re on Day 2 of our fight to feed Pittsburgh kids who depend on school meals. Thank you to everyone who donated food or money. Yesterday we packed large boxes containing pasta, juice boxes, fruit, bagels, soup and chips. @412foodrescue will be here today to pick up our boxes as well as other donations. We’re still in need of more, so please drop off what you can at 3832 Penn Avenue, dm us here, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org #feedpittsburgh #412 #412foodrescue #lawrenceville #lawrencevillepgh #lvpgh #inthistogether
They started by preparing pasta dinners but have now expanded their itinerary to many more others thanks to help from other entrepreneurs as well as benevolent individuals.
The Talarico's are not the only ones that are doing such noble work. The Warren and Penn Cove Eatery, located in Downtown Pittsburgh, started sharing 100 meals and grocery bags to service industry workers who have become jobless because of the pandemic.
Another family restaurant, Mercurio's known for its pizza and gelato in Shadyside are also soliciting for donations so that they can provide food for healthcare workers UPMC St. Margaret, UPMC Shadyside, and West Penn hospitals.
There are many more others like these doing the little they can to help others; you should do so too.
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