Feed the Frontlines Georgia helps keep health care workers fed

A lot of us are working from home. We are just a few feet away from our kitchen where we can make a hot, homemade meal.

But healthcare workers don’t have that luxury. Most don’t even have time to heat up lunch during their shift.

Feed the Frontlines Georgia is here to help.

“We’re really trying to make a safety net across Georgia so we’re able to help the small hospitals being overlooked that really aren’t getting any community support,” said Anita Qualls, founder and co-director.

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Qualls graduated from the University of Georgia in May and will attend medical school this fall.

She was inspired by the work Feed the Frontlines New York was doing. She called a friend the morning of April 2 and that night they were ready to launch.

When a person donates, that money buys a hot meal from a local restaurant and is then delivered to a hospital.

“The more money we raise, the more we’re able to buy meals from local restaurants, and then that means the more healthcare workers we can show appreciation for,” Qualls said.

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Feed the Frontlines Georgia has raised $15,000 and distributed 400 meals to 10 hospitals across Georgia, all in less than two weeks.

“I understand the importance and urgency of getting this infrastructure established across Georgia to have a safety net so that when things get worse with coronavirus in Georgia, we’re able to jump into action,” Qualls said.

Co-director Aditya Sood is also a UGA graduate and studies at Emory University’s medical school.

He predicts more than 1,400 meals will be delivered by the end of the month.

“You would think as a medical student now would be the time you can help most, but in reality, we can’t really do anything," Sood said. “We thought this would be a good way to do our part for our neighbors.”

Feed the Frontlines Georgia hopes to expand to three more cities in the coming weeks.

You can go to feedthefrontlinesga.org for more information.

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