Detroit’s Food Industry Helps Provide Health Care Workers With Meals
With supplies running out of safety equipment and health facilities overflowing with patients in need of treatment for the novel coronavirus, restaurants and markets in Metro Detroit are being set up to keep the flow and supplies of health care workers struggling against the pandemic struggle to maintain.
As of Tuesday, March 31, Michigan had 7,615 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 259 deaths, with the vast majority of the cases being located in the metropolitan Detroit area. The TCF Center – a major convention center in downtown Detroit – is currently being converted into a FEMA-funded 900-bed field hospital to deal with the overflow of COVID-19 infected patients.
With critical equipment such as masks, hand sanitizers and gloves in short supply, some companies in the region are redirecting their inventory to medical staff in hospitals in the region. Middle Eastern restaurant on March 26th Saj Cafe & Bakery In Dearborn Heights, disinfectant bottles and 15,000 gloves were donated from their own supplies. For the past few weeks, the Asian grocery store has been based in Madison Heights 168 Asian Mart delivered thousands of gloves, more than 17,000 masks, gallons of alcohol and disinfectant, and groceries to first responders, including local police and fire departments, and hospital staff in Beaumont, Detroit Harper, Detroit Children’s Hospital, Ascension Providence Southfield and elsewhere.
Local restaurants also show their support by doing what they do best: feeding people. Last week in collaboration with the gift box company Bundle Michigan, Italian restaurant Bacchus restaurant of Southfield delivered 50 meals to workers at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Likewise, Elective Burger at Royal Oak, Beaumont hospital staff offered free meals on March 26, thanks to a donation from Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly. Even Grammy-winning Detroit singer and songwriter Lizzo stepped in and bought lunch for the staff at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Meanwhile, Noble fish and White Wolf Patisserie have teamed up to provide 50 meals for the Henry Ford Medical Center in Troy. D’Vine Cookies in Ferndale, Beaumont employees even offered something sweet: 300 biscuits.
Others, such as Common pub ran fundraisers to help meet the cost of delivering food to health care workers in Detroit on the front lines of the epidemic. A campaign by Shields Pizza has raised more than $ 2,500 in donations to feed first aiders with a pledge to donate $ 125 of additional food for every $ 100. So far, the chain has made deliveries to the emergency personnel at DMC Receiving Hospital. Detroit style pizza maker, Buddy’s Pizza, now promotes 50 percent discount on meals in April for health care workers with ID.
With Detroit now at the center of one of the largest outbreaks in the country, hospital workers are likely to continue to rely on donations for support.
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