Starting a new organization is never easy. The timing, never quite right. Obstacles abundant. And, we never could have expected our beginning
was going to be in response to a global pandemic. But, inside of the COVID tsunami, we have
launched The Decency Foundation.
Long before the world shut down, we had a mission and
understanding of what needed to be accomplished. Before the school closings, shuttered
restaurants, sheltering in place, hoping our jobs are safe, and before the gut
wrenching fear and anxiety - Before all of this we saw the challenges of a
society lost in its quest for corporate profits. We saw the need to return to a more balanced
economy built on quality of life measurements that focus on “decent”
behavior. Do we believe in profit? Yes.
But we also believe in being “decent” to employees. We believe in “decent” farming and food
supplies. And, we believe in community
But right now – in the current
crisis -- we believe in “decent”
restaurant owners who are standing in the face of ruin and those in their
communities who are fighting to put food on their tables, fighting to keep all
of our services and utilities running, and fighting to keep patients stricken
with the virus alive. The food we
supply is fueling this collective
fight to overcome.
The Decency Foundation launched 5 weeks ago with our
Working Meals campaign. Simply put,
Working Meals...is working. We are
funding the delivery of food baskets to those employees ineligible for
unemployment and out of work. We are
funding restaurant owners who are producing food and delivering it to frontline
We are just beginning.
The economic crisis and ongoing pandemic will be affecting us for many
months ahead. Unlike many “pop-up”
GoFundMe campaigns, Working Meals and The Decency Foundation are going to be
sustained and ongoing - supporting businesses at the very heart of our
communities - restaurants, farmers, and the local markets that feed us.
In the coming weeks and months ahead, you’ll be learning
about our Working Meals heroes in the restaurants who are putting their lives
on hold and helping
to serve others for the greater
good. In the meantime, think about ways
in which you can be more decent in a world now focused on what is truly valued
- quality of life. It’s ironic that this
brought us to a reflective moment in time about
the urgent need to eradicate our chronic cultural
disease of greed and selfish behavior.
Let’s be sure our “New Normal” is infused with decent
We’d love to connect if you are a restaurant owner, food
distributor, processor, or farmer. Or,
if you’d like to help us build and grow.
Feel free to reach out and say hello.