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Salvation Army to provide thousands of meals to Virginia first-responders

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Posted at 5:54 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 19:04:27-04

RICHMOND, Va.-- The Salvation Army Central Virginia has announced it will be providing thousands of prepared meals to police officers, hospital employees, and fire and rescue workers throughout Central Virginia.

More than 1,200 weekly meals will be delivered to Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, Community Hospital, VCU Health and City of Richmond Police, and will be stocked in each location's break room so that they are readily available for frontline workers.

The partnership with AT&T and Ukrops will help supplement other initiatives, such as those implemented by the City of Richmond, by providing meals to first responders during the course of their shifts.

The prepared meals will be delivered weekly to assist first responders who are unable to access regular meals due to their varied shift schedules.

More than 1,200 weekly meals will be provided through a partnership with AT&T and Ukrop’s. Meals will be delivered weekly to Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, Community Hospital, VCU Health and City of Richmond Police, and will be stocked in each location's break room so that they are readily available for frontline workers. The partnership will help supplement other initiatives, such as those implemented by the City of Richmond, by providing meals to first-responders during the course of their shifts.

“Ukrop’s deep connection to the Richmond community made participating in this effort an opportunity for us to nourish those emergency responders who tirelessly support us,” Ukrop’s President Scott Aronson said. “More than a tasty meal, our partnership with The Salvation Army and AT&T is providing what has now become a critical need for those combating this pandemic in our region. Special thanks to AT&T whose generous grant made this effort possible.”

In addition to providing prepared meals, The Salvation Army Central Virginia will be allocating funds to the Chesterfield Fire Department to order meals from local restaurants.

“While front line workers are tirelessly serving others during this time of crisis, we want to make sure they are adequately served in return,” Major Donald Dohmann of The Salvation Army Central Virginia said. “We hope that helping provide meals will alleviate the struggle of finding food after their shifts. ”