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Pandemic Era Heroes Whittier restaurant owners say now is the time to step up help for the needy
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Pandemic-Era Heroes

Name: Troy and Debbie Silva

Hometown: Whittier area

Role: Owners of Orchard BBQ and Grill of Whittier

Quote: ” If you’re in a pandemic, you step up, you help people. It’s when you need the kindness the most.”

Latest installment in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a time framed by the coronavirus pandemic

Before the Pandemic struck, Troy and Debbie Silva, owners of Orchard BBQ and Grill of Whittier, did their share of charitable giving,

But in the last nine months since the arrival of the often-deadly coronavirus, the Silvas, of unincorporated Whittier, took their help to another level. One reason was that unlike restaurants that were struggling as a result having to close, their butcher shop is thriving.

“Thank God we had the butcher shop,” Silva said. “If we didn’t have it, we’d be in trouble.”

And so the Silvas put together an effort to donate 100 meals a day for 30 days to front-line workers, such as those in grocery stores, healthcare, nursing homes and police departments.

“They were putting on the news how hard the workers are getting hit,” Debbie Silva said. “We needed to do something. We needed to feed them.”

Their efforts impressed Councilman Fernando Dutra, who said the Silvas provide free food for those in need but also personal protective equipment and fives other goods to the community.

“They have an unselfish sincere caring about the community,” Dutra said. “They walk the walk; they just don’t  talk the talk.”

Troy Silva grew up in the food business. His grandparents owned a central market in downtown Los Angeles and his father, John, also worked for the family business.

Silva was working as a golf pro but his wife — they have  been married for 29 years — wanted him closer to home.

The only thing he knew was meat and golf and so he got into the food business opening next to Blue Hills Nursery 14 years ago. They moved to their existing site, 16214 Whittier Blvd., four months ago.

One of the first people they helped was the late Danny Martin, the “tricycle man,” with a home makeover. Martin was struck and killed by a car about a year ago.

“He needed help and he was struggling,” Troy Silva said. “I was looking for some way to cheer him up and make his life a little easier. He turned out to be one of my best friends.”

When the pandemic hit, the Silvas knew they had to step up their efforts.

“It is survivor’s guilt,” Troy Silva said. “The meat department was so busy. Our business was really good while other people are hurting now. If you’re in a pandemic, you step up, you help people. It’s when you need the kindness the most.”

Ralph Ruedas, a friend of the Silvas, said they always are helping people with food or something else they need. They often take advantage of a good deal and donate the food, masks or something else, Rueda added.

“They’re always contributing to people in need or causes or supplying food for benefits,” he said.

Their latest project is a plan to get work with Whittier  police officer on ways to help restaurants and those in need.

The Silvas also continue to offer help to anyone in need. They say just email them at orchardsbbq@gmail.com.

“If a family reaches out, we can help. If you need a meal, reach us and we’ll do something,” Troy Silva said.

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