The COVID-19 pandemic is a massive public health concern that justifies the need for extreme precautionary measures. Despite this, it is undeniable that the preventive measures put in place require distance between people. Given the requirement for social distancing, combined with the restrictive measures that force people to stay within their homes, people are steadily growing apart and are becoming uninvolved in the welfare of others.
In the case of Red’s House SF, this could not be further from the truth. Red’s House recognizes the difficulty of being in the middle-to-low income earners and is vigorously working to make sure that despite the lack of jobs due to the pandemic, people will still have warm meals to fill their bellies. While the pandemic is forcing people apart, it is the humanity in each person that binds people together.
Red’s House is the only authentic Caribbean restaurant in San Francisco. It is a Jamaican Pop-up Dinner Series inspired by their culture of backyard gatherings. Jamaican culture places heavy emphasis on the importance of family and friends and having hearty meals together, and that culture of caring spills over even to strangers.
While the economic effect of the pandemic is felt by small business owners and large corporations alike, it is the small businesses and its workers that are taking the brunt of the impact. Red’s House has explored all the possible options as not to have to close down the business and leave their employees with no source of income, but it is becoming increasingly difficult.
Their latest attempt to be able to help people in this crisis and continue their operations is to crowdfund and ask for donations through GoFundMe. As of writing, they have raised $2,505, the entire amount of which will go into producing food for hungry people in San Francisco and the nearby bay communities. Aside from GoFundMe, their website also has a function that allows donors to pay for meals, which may be claimed by a hungry person in need at a later time or day.
Red’s House SF is currently under the management of Christopher Russell. As is a tradition in the family, he was taught to cook at the age of ten years old by his mother, Sharon Russell, who, in turn, was also taught by her mother when she was at the same age. He hopes to extend the experience of an authentic Jamaican meal and for their customers to Taste the Tropics.
Catering to people of all races and ages who have a deep love for family and who like bonding over good food, Red’s House SF makes sure that the love for the Caribbean islands, food, and culture are well-expressed. With love poured into the preparation of meals for the hungry, it is sure to provide comfort even in troubling times.
Follow Christopher Russell and Red’s House SF on Instagram for the latest updates on their fundraising and community feeding program. You may also visit Red House SF’s website to learn more about the movement, if you are interested in making a donation, or if you are in need of a warm meal.