Good Vibes Only: Positive news from our restaurant and corporate partners for the week of April 18, 2020

We can probably all agree that this is an unpredictable world we’re living in right now. While most of us were just settling bemusedly into the life-altering reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, change had already come, swiftly and dramatically, for our friends and partners in the restaurant industry. Even back in the early days of this crisis, we at Dinova recognized that our top goals for the conceivable future would be to support our restaurant partners, and to be an empathetic resource for our corporate partners, who are trying to keep their businesses moving while retaining as many employees as possible.

As the days blend into weeks, we recognize that the anxious habit of checking newsfeeds can create a headspace that gets stuck wavering between incredulity and despondency. This need to be informed, however, has also planted the seeds for a green field of other news – a determination to build stories that balance the horrible and remind all of us that good things are also happening. We’re seeing this in the outpouring of innovation and goodwill coming from both sides of our table – from both our restaurants and our enterprise partners.

And this is why we’re committing every week to sharing some stories from the whole range of Dinova partners that are inspiring us. Here’s your dose of good deeds from the world of Dinova this week …

wounded warrior project
A Wounded Warrior Project teammate contacts a warrior during the organization’s Operation Check-In campaign amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Operation check-in: Wounded Warrior Project calling 20,000 veterans during coronavirus pandemic

As always, our corporate partner, Wounded Warrior Project, is focused on the physical and mental health of our veterans – and has stepped up its efforts during this time of crisis. Nearly 500 employees are spending their workdays making phone calls to post-9/11 veterans who have been wounded or injured during their time in service.

Novo Nordisk makes insulin free for 90 days to diabetes patients affected by COVID-19 job losses

We’re offering a heart-felt round of applause to corporate partner Novo Nordisk, for their support of Diabetes patients who have lost health insurance coverage. The program also applies for those whose Medicaid benefits have been denied. You can apply for the program at or by calling 1-844-NOVO4ME (668-6463).

Lego COVID-19 project
Lego blocks can wait – the safety of our heroes on the front line cannot.

Lego is making 13,000 face visors a day to protect healthcare workers in Denmark on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak

There have been so many stories in the news of corporations and designers shifting gears to help our heroes of the crisis – the healthcare workers. Our corporate partner Lego is no exception, as they have modified some of their molding machines to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

Relief program helps feed restaurant workers who have spent their careers feeding others

We’re honored to have the Washington, D.C.-based restaurant Succotash in our network. Chef Edward Lee and the rest of the team at Succotash have been instrumental in organizing and supporting The LEE Initiative’s “Restaurant Workers Relief Program,” which is providing free to-go dinners and supplies to hospitality worker facing hardships due to COVID-19. Read more about the program here.

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