RICHMOND -- Volunteers with Frontline Foods Richmond spent Monday morning delivering coffee and pastries to eleven Central Virginia fire stations as well as the Richmond City Fire Department and Fire Training Academy.
Armed with platters of breakfast and coffee provided by Richmond businesses Sefton Coffee Co [facebook.com], Whisk [facebook.com] and Baked RVA [facebook.com], the twelve volunteers turned their attention to Richmond's frontline fire workers for a morning of support and celebration of International Firefighters Day.
“Frontline Foods Richmond has been feeding the hardworking staff at VCU Health,” said Devon Cabot, founding member of Frontline Foods Richmond. “Today we turned our sights to another group of frontline workers: our Richmond City firefighters, who serve us day in and day out,” said Nikki Thacker, founding member. “As a community, we can push back against COVID-19 by partnering with our local restaurant industry to support our frontline heroes.”
Jennie-Mae Skinner of Sefton Coffee Co. said that she was thrilled to contribute to Frontline Food's initiative.
“As a small business owner, I cannot explain how inspiring and absolutely heartwarming the community's help has been for me directly and I'm grateful to be able to give back where I can.”
Brandee Monroe, of Baked RVA, said that as a new business owner, she was especially thankful for the opportunity to contribute.
“I started Baked.RVA about two weeks before Virginia went into a state of emergency, so I've been hit especially hard by this,” said owner, Monroe said. “I opened in late February; this was supposed to be my full-time gig, but covid had other plans,” she said. “As the spouse of a healthcare worker, thanks so much for what you do.”
Frontline Foods’ mission is to bring food to healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic while at the same time supporting restaurants impacted by the crisis. All funds raised go directly to restaurants in communities across the country enabling them to keep their kitchens open to prepare meals for hospitals and other medical facilities. The program is powered by a grassroots network with over 400 volunteers in 50 cities.
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