Winnipeg’s Asian communities are coming together to lift the spirits — and fill the bellies — of front-line health workers at hospitals fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The goal of the project, From Our Kitchens to Our Heroes, is for one Asian restaurant to provide 50 free meals every night to 50 healthcare workers at one of the three hospitals focused on the COVID-19 battle.
Organizer Jennifer Chen said the project is similar to one launched in China in February to provide free meals to the front-line staff at hospitals to help workers focus on the battle against the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus.
She said the motivation for the initiative is simple — health care workers on the front lines need to know they are supported and they need fuel to keep fighting.
“They are heroes,” Chen said. “Our health care workers are critical in this fight. They need good, nutritious meals to keep them fighting.”
She noted members of the Kurdish Initiative for Refugees would be providing meals for workers at Grace Hospital on Monday night. They are hoping more restaurants sign up for the project at firstname.lastname@example.org. “If more restaurants would like to join our effort, they are welcome.”