With millions of Americans out of work, the COVID-19 crisis has forced many to tighten up their belts. Thankfully, it has also brought out the best in some of our local business owners.
One establishment going above and beyond for their community is Osterio Poggio in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.
When the restaurant was forced to close temporarily, they found themselves with a large surplus of food. Rather than let it go to waste, they put out a call to their community, offering free meals to those struggling to make ends meet.
On March 24, they posted the following message to Facebook and Instagram:
We here at OP know that times are getting hard, so here's what we're gonna do.... This Tuesday we'll be offering free meals to pick up!
We don't know what the future holds right now but we want to do our best to help. Please feel free to call us at 603-250-8007 if you have questions or DM us.
Osterio Poggio is a fine Italian restaurant that uses produce, dairy, seafood, and meats from local businesses such as White Oak Pond Farm in Holderness, Moulton Farm in Meredith, Serendipity Farm in Campton and the folks at Local Provisions in Laconia.
The result is incredibly fresh and flavorful food packed with with nutrition.
The staff offered a second round of healthy, delicious meals on Saturday, March 28th. They were given out on a first-come, first-served basis with curbside pick-up to encourage patrons to stand at least 6-feet apart.
While it is unclear how long or how often the kind folks at Osterio Poggio can continue to offer this generous service, they have put out a call for donations to help keep it going.
You can get up-to-date info by following them on Facebook.