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Feeding Medical Workers

Donate meals to medical workers through food trucks, reducing bandwidth required by hospitals to manage direct donations.

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Food trucks, flexible in nature, could be a courier for community kindness. Many people are looking for ways to support medical workers, but without coordination, there is a risk of wasting valuable effort and resources.

Leveraging food trucks to support medical workers with essential needs (meals and groceries) through donations made by the general public is a way to funnel kindness into impact. The public could donate directly to the food truck -- the food truck would sit on the hospital site, distributing meals and groceries to the medical workers as they’re able to visit (breaks, start/end of shifts). These food trucks can be operated by restaurant workers whose employment was impacted by COVID-19.

What is the need are you focusing on?

A) Hospitals overwhelmed with food donations: Hard-hit hospitals have made recent headlines. The articles often feature the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on medical workers and their families. With many neighbors of these hospitals wanting to show their gratitude for medical workers and support their livelihoods through this challenging moment, hospitals might find random acts of kindness in the form of 100 pizzas dropped on their doorsteps. Hospitals are struggling to operationally respond to food deliveries and donations, while the standard pool of volunteers who would typically support these projects has dwindled. ; B) Medical workers’ essential needs: Hospital cafeterias are closed, essential businesses are operating on restricted hours, and medical workers are working harder than ever on off-hour schedules, making their access to essential needs (meals and groceries) challenging. ; C) Unemployment: With most restaurants closed, restaurant staff are in need of work

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

North Brooklyn Angels runs a “soup kitchen on wheels”. They have recently rehired restaurant workers and deliver over 400 meals a day to medical staff at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. See this New York Times article on how they pivoted their operation to meet the needs of medical workers in the community.

What is your profession?

Program Management

Where are you located (country)?

United States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America


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