The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the way we live our lives. For many, working, spending time with friends and receiving an education have taken on a completely different meaning in today’s climate. Staying home and social distancing have been crucial in the fight against the virus and great ways for us to do our part during these trying times. If you’re looking to contribute even more, Frontline Foods can use your help.
Connecting Restaurants with Frontline Health Care Workers
Frontline Foods is a grassroots organization that gives local communities an opportunity to give back to frontline workers and restaurants in their area. Using tax-deductible donations from the community, restaurants are able to prepare meals that are delivered to frontline workers. Volunteers, volunteering from home, match restaurants with hospitals and frontline facilities, work with restaurants to establish health and safety guidelines, and coordinate safe meal deliveries to frontline workers.
“We have an incredibly unique organization — a volunteer army, hundreds strong and growing, distributed across the entire U.S. from very diverse backgrounds,” says Frontline Foods organizer Katie Bell of the volunteers and their efforts. “Most people have never met in person and may never meet in person. Yet they have all come together to give of their time, their passion and themselves.”
Frontline Foods has received much attention at the national level and is looking to bring that same awareness to the city level. To do that, they launched a campaign involving Hollywood celebrities called #CastItOn. Already on board are the casts of Big Little Lies, Scandal, This is Us, Community, black-ish, Superstore and Prodigal Son.
“Each cast has chosen a few cities to sponsor a meal for frontline heroes in those cities,” Bell explains. “The donations themselves are so important, but even more so is the social awareness and grassroots donation[s] that come from the resulting social posts and media.”
In addition to the support of Hollywood celebrities, Frontline Foods is partnering with sports teams to continue building awareness.
“We are now expanding this project into sports and are excited to get teams on board with a project called #PlayItOn, which operates similarly — working with teams to support their local chapter and community by raising funds for local, independent restaurants and feeding frontline workers and impacted communities right in their region,” says Bell. “We make it incredibly easy for the teams — coordinating all donations and meal deliveries and supplying photos from the deliveries and social media content.”
How You Can Help
Currently located in 55 cities and already having supported over 800 restaurants and 400 frontline teams, Frontline Foods is always looking for new volunteers and to expand their outreach. The greatest need is virtual administrative support to help coordinate meal deliveries. If you’d like to volunteer and get involved, complete the Frontline questionnaire, which will be used to match you with the right volunteer opportunity. You can also make local or national donations. If your team is interested in participating in #PlayItOn, please contact Katie Bell.