Feast in the Hammer: Hamilton nurse supporting local restaurants and feeding those in need


Published January 10, 2022 at 11:00 am

Julie Freeman (left) and her team rounding up food deliveries.

Feast in the Hammer has officially become an annual initiative.

Ideally, there wouldn’t be a need for such an initiative — but the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic on both the Hamilton restaurant industry and the food insecure launched Julie Freeman into action.

“It just made sense to try to support restaurants as best I could and support people in the community,” she said.

Freeman, 38, is a grad student and registered nurse and clinical informatics specialist for Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). She devised a unique initiative that will support locally-owned restaurants and help feed families in need.

Freeman set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to purchase meals from local restaurants and deliver them to charities and not-for-profits that help feed the community.

“I love the restaurants in Hamilton — old and new; they’re doing exciting things,” she said. “I really want them to stay open when all of this (pandemic) is over.”

Last year, Feast in the Hammer raised over $7,000 and delivered 500 complete meals.

Feast in the Hammer is organized by Julie Freeman (left)

The plan was for Freeman to deliver the meals herself but public support was so overwhelming that she required some help.

“I might have bitten off more than I can chew,” Freeman joked during last year’s initiative. “But I have a lot of family and friends who are willing to help out if I need it.”

This time around, Freeman is ready. She’s enlisting support from the Hamilton Reddit community.

“If you’re interested in helping out this year, we mostly need folks that are willing to pick up and deliver the meals,” posted Freeman.

Anyone willing to help can email [email protected] and specify which area of the city you’re located in and when you would be available to help.

You can find the latest updates on the Feed the Hammer Instagram page.

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