Local heroes are making a difference every day in the fight against Coronavirus. We’re shining the spotlight on someone you nominated to raise awareness about their community relief efforts and inspire all to do the same.
Delray Beach, FL is known as “The Village by the Sea” because its residents go above and beyond to put their community first despite its popularity with beach tourists and transplants. Hometown Hero John Brewer kept that top of mind as soon as the Coronavirus pandemic started. He isn’t a local restaurant owner, but that didn’t stop him from making a big impact on his local food service industry during hard times.
Brewer, a residential realtor, joined his friends, Iain and Wayne, to create The Socially Distant Supper Club on Facebook to connect local restaurant owners and the community. The club set out to help local restaurants impacted during the shutdown by offering daily specials at featured spots. They used the Facebook page to post specials and help families plan takeout orders. It was an instant hit. “We had 5oo members by [our first weekend]. It caught on and we did not look back,” said Brewer.
“I knew that these folks ran on a razor-thin margin and this would devastate them,” Brewer said.
“We talked and after I got off the phone I thought about the catering model of ordering upfront and we decided to run with it.
John takes the social-media born group a step further by filming a daily Facebook Live video with an update on restaurants and their specials. He also offers motivation for people to stay healthy and safe.
Because of Brewer’s efforts, many of their local restaurants will survive the pandemic. And more families are using The Socially Distant Supper Club to try unsung restaurants and new dishes. Other cities including Boca Raton and North Palm Beach have launched their own Socially Distant Supper Clubs to help their local communities the same way. Some restaurants have even decided to hire more employees to help with their booming business thanks to Brewer’s efforts.
But Brewer’s efforts don’t stop there. He joins his friends daily to serve free take-out meals at a local church to those in need. They recently served 800 meals per day in one week.
“It is amazing what a community can do when they decide to get together for a cause,” Brewer shared. “Sometimes they just need a catalyst and we were lucky enough to be that catalyst in this situation.”