In response to a potential crisis at St Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital the Rotary Club has created Project HealthCare Heroes. The purpose of the Project is two-pronged: 1) to support the healthcare community during the COVID-19 surge by delivering meals to hospital staffs and 2) to support local restaurants as they struggle to survive. Here is a brief recap of what the Rotary Club is organizing to support the staff at St Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital:
· It is expected that when the hospital gets a major “rush” of COVID-19 patients, the hospital’s Food Service team will be forced to juggle feeding and supporting patients, as well as, feed the hospital staff on a daily basis.
· To help support the hospital during this time, we are arranging with local restaurants to prepare individually packaged meals for the two shifts at the hospital. This will allow the Food Service team to focus on the patients. They will be delivered at roughly 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM.
· It is expected that we will need approximately 50-60 meals for the night shift and about 75 for the day shift.
· We are not asking the restaurants to supply these meals at a significant discount. Part of the purpose of the program is to support our local restaurants.
· Our 1st deliveries will be the week of the April 20th as a “pilot program” to ensure that we are ready to go when the surge occurs .
· Because of the speed of this virus, we need to be ready to be at full pace when the surge occurs.
· Depending on the severity of the infection rate, we will need to raise at least $40,000 within a couple of weeks. How many days a week we provide food is dependent on the amount of funds we are able to raise.
· In the event of a miracle that we never get to a point of overwhelming the hospital, the collected funds will be used to buy weekend meals for low-income children in Greene County each week through the “School Backpack Program” and will be distributed through Second Harvest and the Food Pantry.