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Meal program helps support local restaurants, city’s first responders

City launches COVID-19 First Responder Meal Program
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Posted at 3:24 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 15:24:44-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The City of Richmond has found a new way to help support both the local restaurant industry and the city’s first responders.

The city launched the COVID-19 First Responder Meal Program on Thursday.

Through the program, on-duty first responders will be given options to order a meal from different local restaurants each day.

“This program is a simple and delicious way for the city to expand our support for small businesses,” said Mayor Stoney. “Our first responders deserve food that nourishes the body and the soul, and I know Richmond’s restaurants can deliver.”

Stoney says the assigned restaurants will change day-to-day to give as many restaurants as possible the opportunity to benefit from the program.

Restaurants must be located within city limits and employ fewer than 25 employees at each location to participate in the program.

Once a restaurant is approved to participate, the program administrator will assign the restaurant one or more dates when the program will pay the cost of the first responders’ meal.

Interested restaurants can apply here.