DBIA and Y Drive PTBO team up to feed isolating paramedics

Contactless food delivery from downtown restaurants is now available to Peterborough City-County Paramedics isolating from their friends and families at the Holiday Inn Waterfront.

The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area has teamed up with Y-Drive PTBO to launch a new Paramedic Takeout Program.

“The Downtown Business Improvement Area is delighted to be working with the Peterborough City-County Paramedics to feed our front-line workers. We have a bounty of amazing restaurants for our paramedics to choose from while in isolation. Food is the most basic form of comfort and we are so incredibly pleased to be spreading a little joy to our isolating paramedics at this time,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the DBIA.

“Along with the DBIA’s Paramedic Takeout Program administrative support, we now have a beautifully designed takeout menu with a plethora of options made specifically for our paramedics. Our Paramedics do so much for us, it is so great to provide this for them, and at the same time contribute to local businesses,” Says Peterborough County Warden, J. Murray Jones.

The Peterborough City-County Paramedics set aside funds for meals and accommodation to support the Paramedics through isolation.

“Our paramedic team is giving all they’ve got and it’s our responsibility to accommodate them in these uncertain times. We are very grateful to the DBIA, the downtown restaurants, Y Drive and the Holiday Inn for helping us look after them. This is a great example of community working together and helping each other out. It makes me proud to live and serve in the greater Peterborough area,” says PCCP Chief Randy Mellow. “Keeping it local and supporting local business seemed an obvious choice, especially in this current climate. The Downtown Business Improvement Area developed a program almost overnight to address the emergent needs of our Paramedics that included a contactless process for restaurants and the staff at the Holiday Inn.”

“One of the biggest barriers for getting downtown restaurants involved was the delivery component needed for this particular program,” says Guiel. “Y Drive PTBO a local app-based delivery service stepped up to support the takeout program providing free delivery for any participating restaurant unable to deliver foodstuffs themselves.

Behind the scenes, Y Drive PTBO integrated the Paramedic Takeout Program into its mobile app interface, re-imagining its own technology to accommodate the programs’ needs.

“We are happy to have Y Drive included in this wonderful partnership. Now, more than ever, we need to support our front-line workers. Offering free delivery through this program allows Y Drive PTBO to give back to those who are working hard to safeguard our community health,” say Rob Davidson and Erica Young, co-owners and operators of Y Drive PTBO.