WTOP and Feed the Fight Partner to Support Essential Workers in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Media Contact:
Elly Rowe, erowe@wtop.com
Erin Dixon, press@feedthefight.org

WASHINGTON, DC (April 13, 2020) – Today, WTOP News and Feed the Fight announced a community-based partnership that will recognize and support essential personnel working on the frontlines in response to the COVID-19 “coronavirus” pandemic. WTOP’s “Frontline Heroes” campaign, launching on Monday, April 13th, will select two nominees per day beginning April 20th and award them with $100 each. In addition, for every hero selected WTOP will donate $100 to Feed the Fight, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit supporting local restaurants, health care workers and first responders.

“WTOP News is so grateful for the opportunity to work with Feed the Fight DC to give back to the community in any way we can. We want to extend our thanks to all essential personnel and volunteers in our region who are working on the frontlines of this pandemic,” said Julia Ziegler, Director of News and Programming at WTOP News.

Nominated by WTOP listeners, Frontline Heroes will be selected based on set criteria; nominees must be essential workers in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland (DMV) area currently reporting to work in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis. Heroes could include health care workers and staff, police officers, grocery store and pharmacy employees, restaurant owners and staff, mail carriers, fire fighters, emergency service personnel and more.

“Feed the Fight is proud to partner with WTOP News in our shared mission of creating a positive impact in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area during the COVID-19 crisis. Through the Frontline Heroes campaign, we’re working together to recognize essential workers and express gratitude for their commitment to caring for, supporting and protecting our community,” said Elena Tompkins, founder of Feed the Fight.

Every dollar donated to Feed the Fight by WTOP will go back into the community and will be used to purchase meals from local restaurants that will be delivered to health care workers, police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel in the DMV. With the help of local restaurant partners, Feed the Fight has purchased more than 10,000 meals for health care workers and first responders on the frontlines of this global health care crisis.

Click here to nominate your favorite Frontline Hero or visit WTOP.com search “Hero”.

About WTOP

WTOP serves the Washington D.C. metro area 24/7/365 with news, traffic and weather information. WTOP can be heard on 103.5 FM, 107.7 FM and 103.9 FM. WTOP’s live stream and news content are available on any device at WTOP.com, the WTOP app and on your smart speaker. WTOP and its sister news operation, Federal News Network, are owned by Hubbard Radio, LLC.

Feed the Fight

Feed the Fight crowdsources individual donations to fund food delivery from local restaurants and their staff to nearby health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Feed the Fight operates as a partner fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

To learn more and help Feed the Fight, please visit www.feedthefight.org or follow us on Instagram: @FeedtheFightDC and Facebook: @FeedtheFightDC.