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Nonna’s Kitchen feeds the hungry

Feeding the hungry: Katerina and Ben Smith of Nonna’s Kitchen (File photograph)

A café has joined forces with a charity team to deliver meals to people in need over the coronavirus crisis.Husband and wife Ben and Katerina Smith, owners of Nonna’s Kitchen on Hamilton’s Bermudiana Road, said they had worked with the Third Sector Coordinated Crisis Response Team to identify people who required help to weather the storm.Now they will deliver from Monday to Friday to Focus counselling services so it can expand its meal service to twice a day.The first meals were delivered on Wednesday.Café staff will also supply a new food distribution site manned by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in St David’s from Monday to Wednesday.Ms Smith said: “As Bermuda continues to cope with the impact of Covid-19, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to maintain basic needs.“With closure to business, installation of curfews and a general change in life as we know it there are opportunities to help wherever we can.“As the reality of the new normal took effect and businesses near us closed, it became difficult for us to stay open without our normal foot traffic so we shifted our thoughts from business as usual to how can we help others.” Ms Smith added: “There is no profit in producing these meals and our staff are volunteering their time.“Even though Nonna’s is closed, we believe that giving our love for food to the people that need it most is the right thing to do.“I would like to thank the Bermuda Community Foundation for their coordination to help in providing meals.” Ms Smith also thanked Lovitta Foggo, the labour, community affairs and sports minister, for her assistance and the volunteers that helped make sure the meals were handed out.Ms Smith added: “I would urge people to donate to the BCF so that they can continue to help at this critical time.“We also would like to thank all frontline workers that are working hard every day to keep our community safe, healthy and fed.”