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Chicago Group Helps on the Front Line of the Pandemic

Photo credits: Frontline Foods

Frontline Foods Chicago is a nonprofit organization created to organize meal deliveries from local restaurants and deliver them to healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. More donations are needed, as well as more hospitals and restaurants to sign up. In just three weeks, the national Frontline Foods program has raised more than $1,100,000 in tax-deductible donations and partnered with 126 restaurants to serve 22,371 meals in 42 hospitals. Considering that Frontline Foods is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the donations go to restaurants to create and deliver the meals, the organization has expanded quickly beyond San Francisco, where it started, to chapters in 33 cities.

The new Chicago chapter has already raised $55,000 locally to work with area restaurants like The Fat Shallot and DineAmic Group to deliver multiple meals each day to local hospitals such as Lurie’s Children Hospital and RUSH Medical Center. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the restaurant industry, and their goal is to help keep Chicago’s restaurants open and all related workers employed, and to fuel the heroic teams treating patients in the hospitals and care facilities.

However, Frontline Foods is a new organization, few people know it exists. They want to raise awareness about the efforts so that more hospital facilities and restaurants that need support know to reach out and more people will donate and support the noble work being done on the frontline and the local restaurants that desperately need help to survive this pandemic.

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