With doctors, nurses, EMTs, volunteers, and other critical hospital staff working around the clock to care for COVID-19 patients, it's no surprise that there's little time in the day for them to sneak in some sustenance. Fortunately, fast casual chains and coffee joints around the country are pitching in to make sure our miracle workers get the nourishment they need.
The cult-favorite salad chain recently launched Impact Outpost, a program to deliver free meals to hospital workers and medical personnel on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, they've donated over 10,000 meals.
In order to amplify these efforts and involve the larger community, they partnered with World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit founded by José Andrés to provide meals in natural disaster-stricken areas around the world. Together, the two organizations hope to supply salads to schools, senior centers, and other vulnerable communities throughout the country. The goal? 100,000 meals delivered. #FeedTheFrontline
This juice chain headquartered in Santa Monica, with outposts throughout the Northeast, Texas, the West Coast, and the Pacific Northwest, has committed to providing at least 15,000 juices and shots to healthcare professionals at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles & Orange County, Los Angeles Food Bank, and Fresno Unified School District. Take a peek at their Instagram for more photos of doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and volunteers with their Pressed juices. #PressOn
Every single pie that Sauce Pizzeria whips up per day—upwards of 400!—is going straight to the nurses, doctors, and hospital staff members spending 14-18 hours per day caring for COVID-19 patients. Deliveries extend across the five boroughs, and even into Westchester.
"Basically anywhere that we get a note from a nurse or a doctor telling us that they’re in need, we figure out a way to get them on the schedule and then we deliver to that hospital," said owner Adam Elzer. "They’re running around from room to room...and if we’re not sending food, a lot of them are not eating."
When Elzer's landlord learned what they were doing, he stepped in to freeze rent payments for the next three months, in addition to donating $20,000 on behalf of A&E Real Estate Management to help Elzer establish a logistical framework to expand his pizza donations.
4. Dig Inn
The charitable arm of Dig Inn, dubbed Dig Feeds, was created to supply wholesome meals to crisis-stricken areas across Boston, New York, and Philly. For every bowl ordered online, Dig Inn donates a meal to someone in need through organizations like Bowery Mission, Global Tree Giving, Broad Street Ministry, City Harvest, Sylvia Rivera Soup Kitchen, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, and Rethink Food NYC.
As of Tuesday, April 7, they donated over 82,520 meals to hospital workers, food banks, and homeless shelters.
Know someone (or an institution) that could use some food right now? Text "DIGFEEDS" to 80519.
On March 25, Starbucks announced that it will be offering free tall-brewed coffee (hot or iced) to frontline responders through May 3. They will also be donating $500,000 to the cause with equal donations to Direct Relief (which supports the delivery of personal protective equipment and essential medical items) and Operation Gratitude (which delivers 50,000 care packages and handwritten letters to first responders and health care workers).
On top of that, Starbucks will be donating more than $3 million to support international COVID-19 relief efforts, including a $1 million contribution to the UN Foundation, a $1 million contribution to Give2Asia, and more than $1 million in local grants to support relief efforts in vulnerable communities of Canada and the United States (particularly New York and Seattle).
The New York City bakery chain, which operates close to 30 locations throughout the city, is also offering free coffee to hospital workers, first responders, members of the NYPD, and firefighters.
"We have a responsibility to serve our communities and those that are working selflessly at the frontline of the pandemic," said CEO Darren Tipton, in a statement. "We will continue to safely serve our fresh foods and a wide variety of signature cakes and pastries, sandwiches and salads, seasonal beverages, and more, for the people in our communities who need it."
When you land on &pizza's website, you'll be presented with two options: buy a hospital worker some pies, or buy some pies for yourself. If you select the former, you'll be redirected to Hero Pies, where you'll be asked to enter the number of pies you'd like to purchase. Another easy option? Text #FeedThem to 200-03
8. Melt Shop
In order to provide their signature comfort food to the healthcare workers that need it most, Melt Shop launched "Melt It Forward." 100% of donations go directly to feeding nurses, doctors, EMTs, and hospital staff. With just $10, you can feed one hero. $50, five. $100, 10. $150, 15. And $200, 20.
9. Just Salad
Just Salad partnered with Mount Sinai to deliver 10,000 meals each week to hospital workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.
“Taking care of our healthcare workers is incredibly important, so that they can in turn take care of their patients,” said Richard A. Friedman, Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees for Mount Sinai Health System, in a statement. “Medical supplies remain critical, but so is providing healthy, delicious meals that are delivered directly to them. When presented with this opportunity from Just Salad, we were able to move very quickly to ensure our medical teams have nutritious food in the weeks ahead.”
This California-based fast casual chain is delivering free salads, grain bowls, and sandwiches to local healthcare facilities, including UCSF, SF General, and Children's Hospital of LA.
Click here to support the cause by adding "Help Feed 3 Healthcare Workers" or "Help Feed Someone a Healthy Meal" to your order before proceeding to checkout—even if you're not ordering for yourself. And of course, Mixt is still open for takeaway orders, no-contact pick-up, and delivery via mixt.com, the MIXT app, UberEats, Caviar, and Postmates for their San Francisco (Filmore Street), Oakland (Broadway Street), and Los Angeles (Sunset Boulevard) locations.
11. Mamoun's Falafel
For each falafel sandwich sold during the month of April, Mamoun's—which has locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Georgia—will make a donation to fund one meal at a local food bank. #BuyOneFeedOne
As of April 5, fans of this Boston-based burrito joint raised over $40,000 to support their #FeedTheFrontline campaign. Here's how it works: during the COVID-19 crisis, all menu items are priced at $5 or less, which means for every $5 you donate, you're directly providing a burrito or bowl to a hospital worker, civil servant, police officer, firefighter, or other essential worker on the frontline of the pandemic. With such generous support, Boloco has been able to keep two of their restaurants open, staffed by 25 employees with full paychecks and benefits.