Local donors raise more than $800,000 to feed COVID-19 frontline workers

The Feed the Frontline initiative, started by the James M. Cox Foundation and Emory University on April 3, now includes more than 700 individuals, foundations and corporate contributors. The goal is to serve more than 45,000 meals through May 1.
The Feed the Frontline initiative, started by the James M. Cox Foundation and Emory University on April 3, now includes more than 700 individuals, foundations and corporate contributors. The goal is to serve more than 45,000 meals through May 1.

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The movement to feed local healthcare workers and first responders battling COVID-19 on the frontline continues to grow, with local foundations and individuals contributing more than $800,000 in just one week.

The Feed the Frontline initiative, started by the James M. Cox Foundation and Emory University on April 3, now includes more than 700 individuals, foundations and corporate contributors. The goal is to serve more than 45,000 meals through May 1, with an anticipation to extend the effort beyond that date.

Together, they’ve served more than 11,000 meals to frontline workers in emergency rooms, ICUs and COVID-19 medical units at 19 Atlanta hospitals.

These meals are delivered to Atlanta-area hospitals including Emory Healthcare, Grady Health System, Piedmont Healthcare, the Atlanta VA Healthcare System, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Northside Hospital and WellStar Health System.

The program is also expanding to deliver meals to Atlanta police and Atlanta fire and rescue first responders.

“Our frontline workers are giving their all to help our patients. Grady is grateful for the incredible community support for our staff through the Feed the Frontline meal program,” said John Haupert, president and CEO of Grady Health System.

The meals come at no cost to the workers from food service partners, including Chef Linton and Gina Hopkins, Fifth Group/Bold Catering, Local Three, Bazati Atlanta, Tamarind Restaurant Group, Southern Proper Hospitality, Avalon Catering, and Chez Montier Catering.

To contribute to and help expand the Feed the Frontline program, visit feedthefrontline.emory.edu.

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