Feeding the Frontline Heroes

By: - April 26, 2020

In these uncertain and turbulent times, one thing is certain…our healthcare workers, first responders, Police, Fire, EMS and all who answer the emergency call are working tirelessly during this pandemic to protect us and provide the highest quality care. While most of us are in a “stay at home – work at home” mode, our frontline heroes are making tremendous personal sacrifices to be at work – on duty 24/7.

A stay-at-home-work at home order sounds daunting because it is not something we regularly deal with, but ultimately it is just a measure to ensure that people only leave their homes to conduct essential business, like buying food or seeking medical help. It is especially important in these uncertain times to stay calm and stay connected.

As we navigate the uncertainties of this pandemic, many of us find ourselves asking: What can I do?  How can I help? How can I engage with my community during this crisis?

Please consider showing your appreciation to our frontline heroes with a gift to provide a meal. There are many individuals, groups, and organizations pulling together in this effort.

Several individuals in our West Texas Hill Country community have catered meals for delivery to frontline heroes. “That is one less thing for them to worry about. Staying home and preparing more meals for those working long hours is a way to ease the burden,” said one community member making dozens of tamales for delivery to our local EMS station.

One such organization making a huge impact throughout the city of Houston, Texas for healthcare workers is the Memorial Herman Foundation.   They are working to reach a 5,000 meal goal. Just this last week 1,667 family meals were delivered to frontline healthcare workers. In addition about 180+ members of the National Guard will be on hand for the next 45 days to assist the Houston Food Bank to help feed Houston families during this crisis.

In Texas, one example of business which was allowed to remain open helping local restaurants that were closed is the grocery chain United Supermarkets. In a press release they said:  Market Street is bringing some of your favorite restaurant meals to your neighborhood store in Lubbock. As part of an effort to serve local restaurants closed due to the COVID-19, Market Street is offering meals from Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque and Las Brisas beginning today. All proceeds will go to the restaurants. 

Chris Wilson, director of innovation/corporate chef for The United Family, said, “These restaurants are local favorites who have closed their doors to do what is right for our community during this pandemic. We wanted to offer an outlet for the favorites coming from their kitchens.”

Publix grocery store chains are donating food to Feeding America member food banks for distribution.

McDonald’s  locations just announced a free “thank you meal” for all police, fire and paramedics now through May 5, 2020.

Milo’s Hamburgers corporate office has launched an Alabama Strong campaign to feed children in central and north Alabama during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are but just a few efforts that are replicated all across our great nation, and together we can support our frontline heroes and their families. For a list of free meals and food deals available nationwide – click here.

We honor the courage, selflessness, and dedication of our frontline heroes and the sacrifices of their families as their loved ones serve and protect us. Now more than ever they deserve our deepest respect and appreciation.