‘Feed the Fight’ Delivers Business for Local Restaurants, Support for Medical Staff Confronting Covid-19 Across the DMV
Spontaneous Effort Funded Entirely by Individual Contributions
CONTACT: Jo Maney (202-738-7922)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2020) – Feed the Fight began as a neighborhood effort to patronize local restaurants and show support for healthcare workers at the outset of the COVID-19 crisis. Just over a week later it has become a full-fledged network that is having a positive impact across D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV). Over 200 individual contributors have donated more than $20,000 toward the purchase and delivery of more than 1500 takeout meals from local restaurants for healthcare workers in hospitals and clinics across the DMV. Feed the Fight has the double impact of driving business to local restaurants working to stay operational and thanking healthcare workers fighting on the front lines of this unprecedented crisis.
Organizer Elena Tompkins said the idea was borne out of a desire to do something when things were becoming more and more uncertain. “In crazy times like these, people want to do something, anything to help. I put an email out to friends thinking we might be able to deliver a few lunches throughout the week. It has been amazing to see this take off like it has. This is a simple, direct way people can help right now.”
Bo Blair, owner of Georgetown Events, said the opportunity to keep his employees working and, at the same time, provide meals to brave medical staff was a blessing and an opportunity. “Our job is to feed people – that’s what we in the restaurant business love to do. We are grateful to keep working and feeding people, particularly those who are working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. We are humbled by the support of our neighbors and patrons during this difficult and challenging time. We will do everything we can to keep our employees working. We thank our customers for giving us the opportunity to feed the people taking care of our communities as we move forward together.”
Ida Bergstrom of Farragut Medical and Travel Care said: “My team and I have been working hard trying to stay safe and seeing patients who need our help and the circumstances are truly difficult. I’m also trying to keep my employees paid and employed so their lives are not disrupted too much during this surreal time. We were thrilled to have a fantastic lunch delivered to us from Jetties thanks to the generosity of neighbors and friends. We are all grateful and humbled to know that they are thinking of us.”
Restaurants that have delivered meals include 1310 Restaurant, Black Coffee, Cactus Cantina, Chaia, Chef Geoff’s, Due South, The George Town Club, Jetties, Millie’s DC, Peacock Café, Rocklands, and Surfside. Healthcare facilities that have benefited from meals include Children’s Hospital, Farragut Medical, Foxhall Internists, George Washington University Hospital, Georgetown Hospital, Medstar Urgent Care, Sibley Hospital, Suburban Hospital, United Medical Center, Virginia Hospital Center, Walter Reed Medical Center, and Washington Hospital Center.