Greek fish producers feeding frontline hospital workers

Published on
April 16, 2020

Members of the Hellenic Aquaculture Producers Organization (HAPO) have joined Greece’s #Cook4Heroes initiative by providing fresh farmed fish that local restaurants are turning into prepared meals for hospital workers at the COVID-19-dedicated hospitals across Athens.

HAPO has already committed to providing sufficient fish to cover the menu needs for the next four weeks.

“At a time when the significance of solidarity [and] support of the national effort and corporate responsibility is greater than ever, the Hellenic Aquaculture Producers Organization chooses to participate in the #Cook4Heroes project, actively supporting the true heroes of the National Health System; we thank them for their selfless response to the extremely hard task they are undertaking,” HAPO Marketing and Communication Director Ismini Bogdanou said.

#Cook4Heroes was set up by a number of Athens restaurants and their chefs to daily prepare free wholesome meals for doctors and nursing staff. The meals are prepared on rotation in the kitchens of participating restaurants.

These kitchens are following stringent safety and hygiene protocols handed down by the Hellenic National Public Health Organization (EODY). After preparation, the meals are collected from the restaurants and delivered to the hospitals in Municipality of Athens vehicles.

Those restaurants involved in the scheme that are currently supplied with HAPO fish include By the Glass, Cardinale, Bocca Negra, and CTC. The latter is owned by HAPO ambassador and local chef Alexandros Tsiotinis.

HAPO was established in 2016 with its initial 21 members agreeing to combine their efforts and resources to create a national Greek identity for their aquaculture products and to distribute these to selected markets.

Today, the organization has 23 members, collectively representing around 80 percent of Greek aquaculture. It has also developed the “Fish from Greece” branding.

Photo courtesy of Hellenic Aquaculture Producers Organization

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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