Daytona Beach area restaurants feed residents after Tropical Storm Ian — how you can help

Local volunteers help organize donated meals to be distributed throughout Volusia County neighborhoods in need.
Local volunteers help organize donated meals to be distributed throughout Volusia County neighborhoods in need.

Rebuilding after a storm is nothing new to Floridians. With many people still without power or overcoming property damage and destroyed homes following Tropical Storm Ian, our first instinct is to help.

Restaurants throughout the Daytona Beach area have come together to aid by feeding those in need and providing jobs for out-of-work members of the hospitality industry.

Over a dozen businesses have donated meals, and a local Facebook group has gone above and beyond to raise money for meal distributions in areas still affected by Tropical Storm Ian. Below is a list of restaurants in Volusia and Flagler counties that have put the community first along with ways for us to give back.

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Ocean Deck

127 S. Ocean Ave., Daytona Beach; 386-253-5224,

The waterfront restaurant and bar posted on Tuesday that they are hiring those in the restaurant business who are currently out of work due to the storm at both Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach locations. For more information, visit

Local Facebook group raising money to buy food for those in need

A private Facebook group that focuses on dining in Volusia and Flagler counties raised money and worked with local restaurants to provide meals for those deeply affected by Tropical Storm Ian. Below is a breakdown of how much money was raised and what businesses participated.

The leader of the Facebook group, Tricia Phillippi, organized the donations. As of Wednesday, the group has raised $3,000 in 48 hours. This money will be used to buy meals and snacks for those in need. All the information below came from Phillippi and her Facebook group, which will be distributing the food donations. For more information, visit the "Foodie Reviews of Daytona, Port Orange, Ormond, Ponce Inlet, NSB & Deland!" Facebook page.

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How to Give Back

For those who would like to donate, please email Phillippi at or visit the National Voluntary Organizations at

Rice Bistro

3751 Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange; 386-238-9885,

Rice Bistro donated 50 meals Wednesday to be distributed by Phillippi to the Port Orange neighborhood Colony in the Woods.


1761 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange; 386-767-3377,

Thursday morning, the Port Orange Chick-Fil-A donated 50 chicken biscuits for the Foodies group to distribute.

La Diva Mexican Kitchen

3790 S. Ridgewood Ave. Port Orange; 386-679-2698,

The Port Orange Mexican eatery will donate 40 lunch meals Thursday for those in need for Phillippi to distribute.

Merk's Bar & Grill

193 N. Causeway, New Smyrna Beach; 386-427-1177,

Merks will donate wings and salad for dinner Thursday evening for those in need.

Don Giovanni’s

1633 Taylor Road Suite 5, Port Orange; 386-492-6945,

The Port Orange Italian Restaurant is donating pizza and pasta Thursday night for those in need.

Alberto's Pizza Shop

4036 Suite E. Nova Road, Port Orange; 386-238-9261, facebook/Albertos

Tim's Corner Restaurant

5664 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange; 386-788-2627,

Alberto's and Tim's have posted many ways to give back to the community and have also joined forces to raise donations of household items for elementary students who were affected by the storm. For more information, visit facebook/Albertos


Simply Gina's

841 Ridgewood Ave, Holly Hill; 386-947-2000,

Simply Gina's donated 50 meals to those in need for Phillippi to distribute this week.

South Turn Restaurant and Sports Bar

1540 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach; 386-253-5004,

South Turn will be donating wings and salad for Phillippi to distribute.

Burntwood Tavern

250 N Nova Rd., Suite 254 Ormond Beach; (386) 492-6550,

Burntwood donated 50 meals for Phillippi to distribute in the area.

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