‘Quarantine Cuisine’ to feed county residents in quarantine

JACKSON, Wyo. — Starting tomorrow, Teton County residents under quarantine — both mandatory or self-imposed — can get meals and groceries delivered to their door.

Quarantine Cuisine is a collaboration between Cynthia Hogan, Fine Dining Restaurant Group, and Jackson Whole Grocer.

“Residents across Teton County don’t have enough groceries — and need access to comforting, hot meals delivered to their quarantine location,” Hogan said.

Quarantine Cuisine is simple and feasible thanks to expertise from Fine Dining and Whole Grocer. The program delivers two main services: first, a choice of two hot meals daily, delivered to the customer’s quarantine location (be it home or hotel). Second, a pre-determined bag of groceries delivered on-demand. To keep it simple, the choice is between a small or large bag, which should last a week for up to two or four people, respectively. Grocery bags will include menu suggestions to cook at home and recipe cards.

“Feeding members of our community is what we’re all about so we’re thrilled to be collaborating on the project,” says Gavin Fine, owner of Fine Dining Restaurant Group. “When we learned that a number of the existing non-profits were already stretched thin, we wanted to help in the way we know best. People in our community need support and Quarantine Cuisine’s mission is simple. We want to make sure people have hot meals and groceries.”

When Teton County Public Health notifies individuals about mandatory quarantine, they will also notify them about Quarantine Cuisine. Individuals who are under self-imposed quarantine due to chronic disease or other health concerns are also welcome to use the service.

Customers can get online at JHfoodhelp.com and fill in a short intake form to place orders for prepared meals or bags of groceries. Payment is offered on a sliding scale: customers can pay in full or make a contribution according to what they can comfortably afford. Payments and metrics will be handled by Fine Dining. Funds will go back into Quarantine Cuisine to pay for staff time, food preparation, deliveries, and groceries. The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole provided a grant to launch the program, and The Hole Quarantine provided funds to support Fine Dining’s workforce as they work on QC.

Quarantine Cuisine will track key metrics including number of customers, meals served, bags of groceries delivered, total deliveries, free meals and groceries. The metrics will help the team to plan and revise each week so that QC can adapt the offering on the fly as needs evolve.

Fine Dining, Hole Food Rescue, Jackson Whole Grocer, and ¡HOLA! Spanish Academy & Services have all offered discounts, access, and free time and labor to ensure that project is a success and those who are in quarantine are able to access the food that they need.

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