This week, the New York Times reported on the devastating effects of COVID-19 on Orlando’s hospitality workers, and how they are struggling financially, with virtually no end in sight as tourism plummets and Florida’s unemployment system continues to fail them.
By Susan & Simon Veness
So what does a community-minded city do when its residents are in need? They step up and find a way to help.
From that desire to be of service comes the Tango Cares initiative by Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP), which owns and operates Café Tu Tu Tango and Mia’s Italian Kitchen on International Drive. The initiative distributes 150 free four-serving Family Meals to hospitality workers on Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week, out of Mia’s Italian Kitchen.
The next three weeks of Tango Cares are completely sold out, speaking to the need, as well as meaning that they will have served more than 2,000 individual meals to hospitality workers by the end of this week.
There is such a need in the community, especially among families. ARP are working to fund this initiative in the long term through a GoFundMe campaign, Tango Cares — Eat Well, Give Back, ARP.
Just a small donation makes a huge difference. A $10 donation feeds one hospitality worker, and a $35 donation makes one four-serving Family Meal. Please give, if you can, and share the link so your social media friends can help, too. Together, we’ll get through this. You’ll find the GoFundMe campaign here.
Editor’s Note: Susan & Simon Veness freelance write for a number of publications, ours included. But here they write on behalf of the Central Florida Tourism Collective, a group they formed, and in which we are a part of, that aims to give visitors a reassuring message of life in the heart of the Sunshine State during these unprecedented times.