It was a pleasure having Brian Saval, Vice President of Saval Foodservice, on with Nestor to discuss how his business is helping local people in need during this coronavirus pandemic. Saval is a Baltimore company and Brian and his team take great pride in helping their local cause.
“We are definitely a Baltimore company,” Saval said. “We started 88 years ago right on corned beef row.”
As Saval services local restaurants, this has been a trying time for both their business as well as the business of most of their customers.
“That Monday when Hogan shut down dining service and restaurants, it was devastating for the restaurant industry and really turned the restaurant industry upside down,” Saval said. “Don’t get me wrong, it was 100% the right thing to do, but it forced our customers to lay off a bunch of employees.”
Suddenly, Saval found themselves with lots of food on hand and many customers who were dealing with real life issues with employees who they couldn’t continue to provide work for.
“I talked to a lot of restaurant owners and head chefs, and it was pretty touching…pretty much everybody I spoke to, their number one concern was how they were going to help feed their laid off employees,” Saval said. “At Saval, we knew we had an obligation to help. We have over 1400 customers and they’re all mom and pop restaurants pretty much…
“We realized that we needed to help out as much as we can. We got a ton of food and we’re not selling much so we figured we might as well put it to good use. We tried to offer free cases to any of our restaurants who need food to feed their employees. So we gave a ton of food away, and as the days went on, we realized that we needed to open up to any restaurant person who has been laid off. We decided to open up our warehouse and create food packages for them. And it’s still open. So anytime Monday through Friday, if you’ve been laid off and you need help, we have food packages that are ready and available that we can offer. Don’t be shy about it.”
It was great catching up with Brian and he shared more details about this initiative as well as his business in general.
To hear Brian Saval’s full conversation with Nestor, listen here: