The Banh Mi Shop

The Banh Mi Shop is one of several U City restaurants participating in the initiative.

As COVID-19 continues to grip Missouri, some restaurants are offering a way to give back to the healthcare workers who are fighting the virus on the frontlines. 

As announced in a press release, several restaurants in University City have banded together to create a program to provide meals for frontline workers. When you order from one of the participating restaurants online, there will be an option to "pay it forward" and donate a meal to someone who is helping to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Not only does University City enjoy a diverse range of locally-owned ethnic restaurants, our restaurants, retailers and residents are known for their generosity and commitment to helping others,” University City mayor Terry Crow said in the release. 

Participating restaurants include American Falafel, The Banh Mi Shop, Blueberry Hill, Blue Ocean, Fitz's, Meshuggah Café, Perfect Taste Sichuan Cuisine, Pokedoke, Salt + Smoke, Seoul Taco, Three Kings Public House, TNT Weiners and Which Wich

"By choosing to donate a meal when placing an order for curbside pickup or delivery, not only are you thanking frontline essential workers, but you are also supporting a small business in the community at a time when they need it most,” Mohammed Qadadeh, owner of American Falafel, said in the release. "St. Louis County’s most recent shut-down could again have devastating consequences for our local restaurant scene, but together everyone can help those in need while enjoying the food they love from our local businesses and their staff that we care for most!"

Each restaurant has a different process for donating meals; for full instructions, head to the Loop Giveback page on University City's website