From April 15th to 22nd, 2020 BAPS Charities distributed hot vegetarian meals to healthcare providers, law enforcement, and firefighters across the metropolitan Atlanta area. As the United States is being challenged with the COVID-19 pandemic, food accessibility has become a growing concern, especially frontline personnel working long hours. Harnessing the collective spirit of its volunteers, BAPS Charities provided support to front line workers of 8 organizations by delivering 1,570 hot meals from BAPS Shayona.
Over the eight-day period, volunteers delivered freshly prepared meals were prepared and delivered eight organizations – to Gwinnett Medical Center, Eastside Medical Center, Emory St. Joseph Medical Center, Emory Johns Creek Medical Center, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Lilburn Police Department, and Lilburn Fire Department Stations #2 and #25. Food preparation and delivery were made while maintaining strict adherence to CDC safety guidelines.
At Emory Johns Creek Hospital, the 150 meals were accepted by Kathryn Albright, Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services for Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Upon receiving the meals, she said, “We are so thankful to BAPS Charities for this kind gesture during this crisis. We truly appreciate the support from the community during this difficult time.”
At Eastside Medical Center, the 150 meals were accepted by Cindy Ferst, a physician liaison for Eastside Medical Center. She remarked, “It really shows this community coming together.”
Volunteers also delivered 650 meals to Northside Hospital Gwinnett, an acute care facility in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Deniece Prince RN accepted the meals and commented, “I wanted to thank you sincerely for the support and love given to us during this difficult time. The lunch received from you today was such a true gift. The support we have received from the community has been overwhelming.” Dr. David Goo, MD, Director of Children’s Emergency Center at Northside Hospital Gwinnett, said, “I appreciate your best wishes and the gift of the wonderful food.”
Volunteers in BAPS Charities locations across the world continue to evaluate situations to effectively provide support.