People shop at a flower market in downtown Los Angeles, the United States, May 8, 2020. (Xinhua)
Officials, health institutions and charities in Los Angeles are helping feed the frontline workers in the COVID-19 fight.
LOS ANGELES, May 10 (Xinhua) — To express gratitude for frontline workers fighting the novel coronavirus, local officials, health institutions and charities have partnered in providing hot meals to hospital workers and firefighters.
The LAC+USC Medical Center, a 600-bed public and academic teaching hospital in Los Angeles and BAPS Charities served up to 8,000 hot meals to doctors, nurses and hospital support staff workers.
LAC+USC Medical Center, a level-one trauma center run by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), is one of the largest public hospitals in the United States and a leading hospital for training health professionals in the state of California.
The nutritious, vegetarian meals were prepared by BAPS Shayona, the catering affiliate of the non-religious BAPS Charities, and served by volunteers.
“These kind of heartwarming gestures mean the world to healthcare workers like us,” Sarah Hamil, a nurse trainee at Huntington, told Xinhua. “It’s really tough right now and it’s so important to know people care.”
In Los Angeles, among such support to healthcare workers is also the weeks-long “Help Feed the Frontlines Fighting COVID-19 – LA” campaign, which is jointly organized by local residents.
The grouping currently serves 14,000 hot meals per week to 16 hospitals and fire station locations, including sites like UCLA, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, Cedars-Sinai medical center, and Kaiser Permanente, at a daily cost of 12,500 U.S. dollars for lunch and dinner for 1,000 healthcare staff.
Its efforts are funded through donations and partnered with the non-profit World Central Kitchen organization. It is also reported that currently, many local restaurants from high-end eateries to fast food chains are working as part of meal donations online to Los Angeles’ frontline workers. ■