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There’s a war being waged on an invisible enemy and frontline healthcare workers are the ones trudging through the trenches, working tirelessly to help patients at hospitals across the city. Though the public can never thank them personally for their service, they can donate to restaurants and charities working to feed those fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
In March, as restaurants across the city were closed to encourage social distancing, many saw an opportunity to give back. Instead of completely closing up shop, some local spots are using their resources and talent to feed healthcare workers. By donating meals, local restaurants are showing appreciation for the vital role hospital workers are playing in the ongoing pandemic. To date, restaurants including Bagel World, Terroni, General Assembly Pizza, Ozzy’s Burgers, Sugo, Maker Pizza, Nando’s, Little Sister and many, many more have donated thousands of meals. On March 31st, Café Landwer launched Landwer Lunch to inspire people to sponsor lunch for hospital workers at Mount Sinai. The company matches every dollar donated and orders can be delivered to the department of a donor’s choice.
Bagel World provided lunch for the team at Sinai Health.
Terroni and General Assembly feed the healthcare staff at St. Michael's Hospital.
Cafe Landwer's initiative 'Landwer Lunch' serves their 120th meal at Mount Sinai.
Ozzy's Burgers delivers meals to Toronto Western Hospital.
Organizations including Sustain the Line and Feed the Frontlines TO, are also working to provide meals for critical workers. Sustain the Line matches donors with small food businesses in their area willing to make deliveries. Feed the Frontlines TO aims to “keep local restaurant employees employed and provide delicious meals to our healthcare and social services teams across the city.” The organization, which has sister initiatives in Boston and New York, has already raised more than $113,000 in Toronto. The public is encouraged to make donations, from $20 to $1000, that go toward meals for healthcare workers. Each donation covers the cost of food, wages, taxes and delivery.
As most of us while away hours safely at home, frontline healthcare workers are risking their own health and spending time away from loved ones during these difficult times. Providing them with hot, fresh meals is one small way for Toronto to show its appreciation.