Triangle area residents can purchase meals to feed healthcare workers on frontlines of COVID-19

“Feeding the Soul” effort also supports local restaurants during time of great need

CARY, NC – An emergency response fund has been created by the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation (NCHF) to help workers at Triangle region hospitals receive deliveries of nutritious meals as they respond to growing needs to diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients on top of caring for other patients who have serious medical needs. The program, called “Feeding the Soul”, will also support local restaurants seeing a slowdown in business. As the fund grows, the program will expand to other communities in the state.

“While most of us are staying home to eat meals because of social distancing, local hospital workers are working around-the-clock to prepare to handle an expected surge in coronavirus patients,” said Julia Wacker, senior vice president, North Carolina Healthcare Foundation. “For a contribution of around $15, people can buy a healthy, delicious meal that will be delivered to a local hospital worker to fuel their body and feed their soul. At the same time, buying a meal through this fund will also help local restaurants that have had to reduce their service capacities, helping to keep their staff employed and operations running.”

The initial group of restaurants participating in the “Feeding the Soul” program include: AC Restaurants (Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chuck’s, Fox Liquor Bar, Death & Taxes, Pool’s, Poole’Side Pies, and Clubhouse), Panciuto, Capital Club 16, and Trophy Brewing. People can purchase meals for hospital workers through the fund by going to ncha.org/feedthesoul to make a donation. Contributions will be accepted as long as the need continues, each contribution is tax deductible, and 100% of each donation will help local restaurants feed healthcare workers.

“There’s not a person in North Carolina not impacted by COVID-19 –but so far, healthcare workers and the hospitality industry are among those most affected to date,” said Ashley Christensen, chief and proprietor of AC Restaurants. “We are excited to partner with the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation to help provide frontline healthcare heroes with nutritious meals prepared by some of the region’s finest local restaurants. To be able help the local economy andthe incredible doctors, nurses and support staff who are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak is a unique opportunity and we are thrilled to be a part of this cause.”

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Established in 1961, the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the NC Healthcare Association. Its mission is to foster and accelerate the collective impact of hospitals, health systems and community partners to improve the health of North Carolinians.

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Founded in 1918, the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) is the united voice of the North Carolina healthcare community. Representing more than 130 hospitals, health systems, physician groups and other healthcare organizations, the NCHA works with our members to improve the health of North Carolina communities by advocating for sound public policies and collaborative partnerships and by providing insights, services, support and education to expand access to high-quality, efficient, affordable and integrated healthcare for all North Carolinians.

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