Free Thanksgiving meals from Majesty Chinese Restaurant, Marianas Medical Center

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MAJESTY Chinese Restaurant and Marianas Medical Center will distribute 100 free Thanksgiving meals as part of their joint initiative, “Full Belly, Full Hearts.”

The initiative was launched on Labor Day weekend to help workers who were laid off, had their hours reduced or furloughed due to the economic impact of Covid-19.

“Thanksgiving is the season of thanks,” the restaurant management stated. “But not all of us have someone to give thanks with, or a home in which to celebrate.”

Over the last three months, Majesty Restaurant, in partnership with Micronesian Brokers Inc. and Marianas Medical Center, have been serving free hot meals and distributing relief bags every Sunday morning outside Majesty Restaurant on Beach Road in Garapan.

Since Sept. 6, 2020, the restaurant has distributed 700 hot meals and relief bags.

“The goal is to distribute 1,000 hot meals and relief bags by the end of the year,” the restaurant management said.

On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 100 hot meals will be distributed to the jobless and other individuals who are struggling financially.

Two local residents who receive meals and grocery bags pose outside Majesty Chinese Restaurant. Contributed photo

“Anyone who lost their job or does not have enough to eat is eligible,” the restaurant management said.

The Thanksgiving meals will be distributed at Majesty Restaurant and delivered to the villages from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

An RSVP link and phone line will be announced on Monday next week for those who want to receive the free meals. People can also email their interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For those interested in donating or co-sponsoring the distribution or delivery of meals to the villages, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For those who need help

Each of the reusable bags distributed every Sunday with a hot meal includes a five-pound bag of rice, noodles, bread, milk, frozen chicken, one dozen eggs, fresh produce, a variety of canned goods, and a toothbrush set.

The hot meals are prepared by Majesty’s chef. The rice, milk, frozen chicken, and toothbrush set are provided by Micronesian Brokers Inc.

There is neither an age limit nor preferred ethnicity in the distribution of the hot meals and reusable bags, Majesty said.

“We’ve had Filipino, Chinese, Chamorro, Carolinian, Korean, Bangladesh and Palauan recipients,” the restaurant management said.

A senior citizen, Juan Augustin, said Sunday is the only day he and his partner Barbara can get a restaurant meal. His favorite dish is the fried pork ribs. Hers is the stir-fry noodles. The couple are very grateful to Majesty for its generosity.

Tess Datul, who has been unemployed since March, said she is also “really thankful for [Majesty’s] generosity, love and care. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Yoly Gatdula, for her part, said: “Thank you Majesty Restaurant and partners [Micronesian Brokers and Marianas Medical Center] for not forgetting  us. We salute you!”

Another recipient who declined to be identified said: “Life is so hard and many of us don’t have anyone to depend on. There are also no flights back to our country. Everything is too expensive and we have no money.”

Open our doors

At a time when many businesses are closing their doors, Majesty’s management said, “We want to open ours, especially to the people most affected by the pandemic.”

Majesty noted that the hospitality industry has been the hardest hit on Saipan.

“Our mother company has been in the CNMI for 30 years and has served the tourism industry through the highs and lows. We’ve weathered many storms. After Typhoon Yutu, the company offered free bus transportation to NMC students, and committed $40,000 to the relief efforts and Thanksgiving meals. We’re all in this together, so we should all find ways to help our friends and neighbors,” the restaurant management said.

“The impact we make is shown by the look of contentment and gratitude on our guests’ faces. There’s an overall sense of gratitude. The staff and volunteers are thankful to serve, and the guests are thankful to receive a full nutritional meal with dignity. We will continue through the holidays or for as long as we have the capacity to do so,” the Majesty Restaurant management added.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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