Providing meals for frontliners and homeless

Lawrence Belo, De La Salle University

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Providing meals for frontliners and homeless

Lawrence Belo
Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering)
University of Newcastle, 2015
Associate Professor, De La Salle University

Lawrence Belo, a university professor and restaurateur, launched #YoshimeatsuCares named after his family’s Japanese / Korean BBQ restaurant Yoshimeatsu in Vito Cruz, Manila. He mobilised his restaurant staff to provide hot meals to frontliners at several hospitals in Metro Manila including the Philippine General Hospital and East Avenue Medical Center. They also provided meals to jeepney drivers, road law enforcers, local barangay and communities and street dwellers and homeless. Inspired by his initiative, Lawrence was able to get support from his colleagues at the De La Salle University and fellow alumni at the University of Newcastle. He received P70,600 cash donation, which he used to sustain the efforts of #YoshimeatsuCares food drive.

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I have always believed in the principle that If you are in the position to help others, do so as God may be answering someone else’s prayers through you. Ever since I was young I have always been taught how to be compassionate and how to give back; now that I am in an even better position of doing so, I will do my best to help those in need.

It is painful to have to close the establishments, currently I employ roughly 80 employees at 4 establishments and it is yet another source of heartache having to tell staff they are temporarily out of work until restaurants are allowed to accept dine in customers. That is the reason why I ask some of them to help out in the food drive so that they can get a small allowance as opposed to none.

But what has hit me hard was they grateful eyes of the homeless and street dwellers when we were giving out food. For some, it may be their first meal of the day (at 3PM or 4PM), and it is truly humbling. This inspired me to connect with more organisations willing to donate for us so we can help and provide at least 1 or 2 decent packed meals for the homeless.

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