Daily meals are coming to more than 30,000 health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic thanks to a $6 million donation from a former New York City mayor.
Mike Bloomberg, who most recently made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, gave the money so that World Central Kitchen could begin food service operations at two NYC Health + Hospital locations Wednesday, before expanding to all facilities in the chain by April 27.
World Central Kitchen — the international not-for-profit organization run by Chef José Andrés — will feed all acute and post-acute care staff, as well as others who have joined their ranks — regardless of their department, discipline or tour — seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in what is being described as a “uniquely designed grab-and-go cafeteria,” according to a release.
The cafeteria is designed to ensure there is no wait for food to be served, and that meals are also available to those working overnight shifts.
“As the coronavirus sweeps across the world, health care workers are risking their lives every day to protect ours — and they need our support now more than ever,” Bloomberg said, in a release.
“It’s a way for our team at Bloomberg Philanthropies to express our deep appreciation for them — and to help them keep saving lives and battling this disease.”
“We know that together we are sharing so much more than just meals, but also hope, dignity and nourishment for the future,” said Nate Mook, chief executive of World Central Kitchen, in a release. “It really instills these brave and tireless workers with the knowledge that we — the people of New York, and of America — are with them.”