MILWAUKEE — The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County helped feed health care workers and caregivers at Ascension Columbia St Mary's Hospital on Milwaukee's East Side on March 27.
A mobile feeding truck was deployed and scheduled to be parked at the main entrance during two shift changes, once from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
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Hospital staff could drive-up or walk-up and receive a free sandwich, chips, cookie and a water.
"Our prayer for them is to thank them but also so they can just get home, relax, be with their loved ones and be prepared to come back and work again," said Major Steven Merritt, Salvation Army Divisional Commander.
The meal service was an act of kindness aimed at providing nourishment for employees working extended and exhausting shifts during the coronavirus pandemic impacting Milwaukee.
" At this time, the level of work and dedication and courage being displayed by our care givers to safely care for our patients during this outbreak and then to also care for their families is just amazing," said Kelly Elkins, President of Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital. "Just the simple act of being able to get a free meal, it's one less thing they will have to worry about as they leave work today so they can go home and get the rest they need."
400 meals were prepared by Salvation Army staff to help feed our local heroes.