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Sofia Launches Donation Initiative For Medical & Hospitality Workers, Raises Over $9,000 In One Week

Sofia Serves is a donation-based initiative providing a helping hand to the Medical and Hospitality Communities in NOLA. To make a GoFundMe donation to Sofia Serves, please visit here!

The NOLA restaurant industry has risen to help the New Orleans medical and hospitality workers over the last month. By providing free meals, and launching donation initiatives, our frontline workers have stayed fed. From Toups Meatery to Blue Oak BBQ, and The Ruby Slipper, the campaigns have come from all parts of NOLA.

And since the initial onset of COVID19, Sofia NOLA, the Julia Street Italian restaurant that offers a modern take on authentic Italian cuisine, has provided hundreds of takeout meals to restaurant industry workers and our community. Now, they’re on to something even bigger: Sofia Serves. Sofia serves is an ongoing GoFundMe campaign created to provide meals free of charge to those medical and hospitality professionals serving the New Orleans Community.

“It’s in our DNA as New Orleanians to be together, that is why this current crisis has hit us especially hard since ‘doing our part’ means staying home. However, there are essential workers on the front lines fighting this pandemic relentlessly, and need our help,” said Billy Blatty, owner of Sofia NOLA.

With the hospitality and tourism industries completely shut down, small business owners are all looking for ways to stay creative and generate new business, all while keeping people employed. Sofia NOLA is looking at this as an opportunity to both serve those in need as well as provide jobs for their employees.

“Our aim is to provide meals to as many hospital workers in the NOLA area as possible. We’re providing small donations to individual departments at hospitals, but with your support it will allow us to ramp our efforts,” said Blatty.

As of this morning April 8, the fund raised in excess of $8,000. To make a GoFundMe donation to Sofia Serves, please visit here!

If you work at a hospital or are on the front lines and would like to receive a donation from Sofia please email

Featured Image: Chef Talia: Photo Copyright Sam Hanna / Used With Permission


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