J’Val Shuster is the owner of Devour Catering in South East Calgary.
Ten days ago, Shuster and his team came up with the idea to help healthcare workers this Thanksgiving by preparing and delivering prepackaged turkey dinners.
“We have launched a care package called the ICU Care Package,” said Shuster. “We circulated it to our subscribers in our newsletter last Wednesday, so ten days ago, and the response has been truly amazing.”
This Sunday, Shuster plans to bring 250 Thanksgiving dinners to Calgary hospitals.
“The program has really taken off, so we will be bringing hundreds of meals to healthcare workers across Calgary,” she said.
Shuster said the majority of Devour Catering events have been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Although discouraged, she said she knew her and that her team could do something positive.
“We have an incredible ability to feed and nurture people, so how could we do that and show our gratitude and support at the same time? “
The program has been so popular that Devour has had to freeze orders for now.
“We had to take a break on Wednesday,” Shuster said. “To date, we have purchased over 6,500 meals.
With the overwhelming success of the initiative, Devour will be delivering meals well beyond Thanksgiving Sunday.
“We are going to expand them because we understand from talking to people in hospitals that they not only need support in a crisis situation, but they will need longer term support.”
“They have been working hard for a very long time,” she said. “We are happy to be able to extend it for a few more weeks.”