- Written by FREEMAN ROGERS
- Published: 26 September 2017
Last year, the popular performer and chef Al Broderick started serving meals to students at Cedar International School out of a small trailer called “The Lunch Box.”
After Hurricane Irma delayed the start of the school year and spared his kitchen, he decided to take his show on the road.
“We are doing hot meals for kids for free at 4 o’clock,” he said on Friday on Waterfront Drive, where he had just finished serving 62 bowls of curry to young people with the help of volunteer Zoe Sorrentino. “It’s food, but it’s a bit of a morale boost as well.”
Mr. Broderick started the project about six days after Irma, and it caught on: Now Brandywine Estate chef Regis Bourdon is offering a similar service at 4 p.m. most days across the street from Fine Foods in East End.
“Now we’re looking for someone who’s going to say, ‘Hey, we’ll hook up and do one in West End,” Mr. Broderick said.
The chef cooks the meals at the Lunch Box trailer at Cedar International School and serves them from the back of his pickup truck in Road Town.
For the ingredients, he relies on donations.
“Getting some of the food is a bit tricky, but people have been very generous,” he said, adding that he has received food from multiple grocery stores. “We’re picking up stuff where we can.”
Other help is coming from further away.
“People outside the BVI saw what we were doing and they set up this fund, and there’s been this amazing response,” he said.
To spread the word, he set up a Facebook Live feed he calls “Lunch Box TV.”
“The film we made — I looked at it this morning when I had connection again — it had been viewed by 11,000 people,” he said. “And people are raising money. They’re just trying to figure out how to get the money into the BVI.”
Ms. Sorrentino, a Cedar alumnus, said she was inspired by the project.
“I just heard that Al was serving meals to kids, so I messaged him and said, you know, ‘I’m around; I’m willing to help any way I can,’” she said.