The lights of at least one downtown Naples 5th Avenue restaurant still shine brightly through the darkness of the pandemic driven shut-down. A local team comprised of Sail’s restaurant staff and local volunteers coordinates the nightly preparation and delivery of hundreds of nourishing meals. Each night between 150 and 300 meals are hand-delivered to the medical staff at NCH and other local facilities.
“It’s our hope to put a bounce back in everybody’s step, by letting them know that the community is behind them 100%, and that they are our heroes” says Veljko Pavicevic. As GM and co-founder of Sails Restaurant, he coordinates the preparation and boxing of the meals. “Not only are we serving high quality, nutritious meals, all of our staff who want to work are actively working.” Each boxed meal arrives hot, with freshly prepared, mostly organic and specially sourced ingredients often paired with handwritten notes of support and encouragement.
In addition to Veljko’s team preparing the meals, deliveries are coordinated by folks like Jake Nicks, a local motivational speaker, business owner and entrepreneur.
For Jake, leading a diverse team of business leaders and volunteers creates opportunity for all to do their part, even during a crisis. “I couldn’t have succeeded without the inspiration and influence of people around me who supported me in my time of need.” Nicks is no stranger to hardship.
“I know what it’s like to do without, before my business took off, I was living in my car at one point. Now I get to do my part so the people we rely on to care for our most vulnerable citizens don’t have to go without”.
Jake, Veljko and the Sails team continue to feed the front-line defense against COVID19 and invite others to join them in that support. “We deliver between 150 and 300 meals each day, our goal to consistently hit 300 while maintaining quality, promptness and freshness.” according to Nicks.
“I know what it’s like to overcome adversity when things seem dark, I know we can win this.”
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