FLARE, an electric shuttle service that typically transports people, is shifting gears to deliver meals amid COVID-19.
FLARE is working with the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) to deliver lunch to the staff at the Virginia Hospital Center on Friday.
“We are eager to continue to serve the Arlington community during our country’s fight against COVID-19 by delivering lunch to those at Virginia Hospital Center who are so selflessly caring for our community,” FLARE CEO Andres Delgado said. “We are working to adapt our service in order to best serve the community around us. That is how this partnership with the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization came about, and we are glad to play a part in helping hospital workers who are putting their lives on the line for the rest of us. We are honored to serve them. This is a time for businesses and the community members to work together.”
The meals will come from Rincome Thai Cuisine. Last Friday during the launch of this effort, meals were prepared by Café Sazón.
“When a resident came to us for advice on launching a fundraiser to donate food to hospital staff, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to also provide funds directly to our local restaurants. We immediately wanted to use Café Sazón and ensure that they could have some income since closing, no matter how small or temporary. With more locally and immigrant-owned restaurants on Columbia Pike than any other corridor in the County, we feel it is important to find any way we can to help see them through this crisis,” said Stephen Gregory Smith, CPRO Program Director.