How to Not Feel Helpless During a Pandemic
Dear FeedER Supporters:
We want to give you another update on how your support has made a positive difference.
East Bay FeedER is two full weeks in operation; our delivery capacity has ramped up to 5 deliveries/day from our first delivery by founder Ayelet Waldman from Brown Sugar Kitchen to Highland Hospital’s ER staff on March 19.
Last week, we delivered 270 meals; thanks to your support, we were able to increase the number of meals served by more than 400% this week.
This week (March 28 - April 3, 2020) we’ve made 26 deliveries to 5 different hospitals--with a total of 1,110 meals served. 1,110 ER staff have been fed during their shift change (the only time they can take their PPE gear off to eat) so that they can put their lives on the line to fight another day against COVID-19.
At FeedER, we are deeply grateful to you for helping connect struggling restaurants with our frontline heroes in hospitals via your donations and support. We couldn’t do this without you. You helped feed over one thousand first responders!
Let us say it again: You helped feed over 1,000 first responders this week when they need nourishment and a morale boost.
Tomorrow we will distribute 260 meals to 5 hospitals. Our goal is to feed 5 hospitals each day for at least 2 shifts.
As of this writing, the Bay Area shelter-in-place order has been extended to May 3, 2020. We need your continued support to ensure that we can continue this service to May 3 and beyond. This battle, unfortunately, isn’t going to end any time soon. Please do spread the word so that you can enable #EastBayFeedER to feed more ED and ICU staff.
We all know many people sending thoughts and prayers out to the front lines--but let them know that we can also send hot meals to our heroes.
We want to thank the following restaurants for their participation this week:
The following ED and ICU locations benefited from your support this week:
Summit Hospital, Oakland
Summit / Alta Bates, Berkeley
Finally, we want to highlight our participating restaurants. Jenny Schwarz (of Hopscotch), who also coordinates restaurants for East Bay FeedER, says, “A weekly order of 40-50 meals brings in enough revenue to help keep 2 staff on payroll and can be the difference between keeping the lights on or shuttering entirely.”
“Our efforts are just as much for the restaurants as they are for the first responders,” says Jenny, “The sense of community is unlike anything I have ever experienced and it keeps me going every day.”
Love makes the world go round. Thank you for your donations.
Stay safe and stay healthy,