Howard University has partnered with the National Press Club to provide meals for front line healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their joint effort, "Help The Heroes," will strive to honor nurses, doctors and other medical professionals working during the pandemic.
"The mantra, 'feed the fight' against COVID-19 is a community-led effort with organizations like the National Press Club stepping up to the plate to support front line caregivers through its Help The Heroes program," Howard University Hospital CEO Anita L.A. Jenkins said.
"Your gracious donations in the form of nutritious meals have been a blessing to our hard working staff and serves as a testament to the immediate impact you have made, assisting healthcare workers in their fight against the coronavirus. On behalf of Howard University Hospital, we thank you for your gratitude and continued support during these unprecedented times. The Help The Heroes program is a great platform, serving an even greater cause."
The two parties estimate that the program will cost approximately $45,000 per month. In total, they will need approximately $300,000 to run the program for the projected six-month period. The "Help The Heroes" program accepts online donations and has recognized existing donors at a recent press conference.
"As hospital workers need meals when they are on a break or the end of shift, we will be there for them. Their own health starts with convenient and steady access to good food," National Press Club Executive Director Bill McCarren said.
"This virus disproportionally impacts people of color, so we think it is vital to partner with communities at greatest risk. With your help, together we can make that happen. Help us now – help make a difference."
The program is nearing the end of its first month and is expected to run through February.
Photo: Getty Images