Local Small Businesses Fundraising Meals for First Responders in COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on: April 7th, 2020 at 5:06 am by

Lower East Side businesses are pooling resources to send meals to first responders during the COVID-19 crisis.

For the next month, several small businesses tapped by the Lower East Side Partnership are sending meals to first responders (NYPD, FDNY, EMS) And the business improvement district is raising money to fund it. So far, Williamsburg Pizza, Regina’s Grocery, Melt Bakery, and Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop are participating.

Morale appears low at these city agencies as their ranks are getting sick, working long hours and obviously putting themselves in danger every day. In fact, according to a New York Times report last week, one of every six officers is either out sick or in quarantine.

On Thursday, 6,498 cops reportedly called in sick – about 18-percent of the force.

Below is more about endeavor:

For the next 30 days LESP will be coordinating with Lower East Side small businesses to send meals to local EMS, FDNY, and NYPD teams. We will provide one meal daily to the nearly 100 front line personnel working to keep our community safe during this ever-changing public health emergency.

LESP will provide $5,000 in initial funding to begin sending food today and will match all donations $1 for $1 up to $10,000 to continue this work in the challenging days and weeks ahead.

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