Metropolitan Detroit is the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Michigan with the vast majority of cases coming from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Two Oakland County Republican lawmakers – Reps. Ryan Berman of Commerce and Matt Maddock of Milford – are working with businesses throughout the area to get meals to health care personnel and other first responders keeping society afloat during the pandemic.
“Times like this place incredible stress on our doctors, nurses and support staff who care for the sickest in our communities,” said Berman.
Berman and Maddock are working with the Uptown Grille, a popular bar and restaurant in Oakland County, to provide assistance for overworked medical personnel who are putting themselves at great risk to help fight the pandemic.
“The Uptown Grille and I are working to support our local healthcare teams by offering free meals to them as they care for those most affected by this horrific disease,” he said.
“We know that hospital staffs are working incredibly long hours. I’m happy to donate to this great cause,” Maddock said. “By making this contribution, we are supporting the healthcare providers who are working round the clock and our local restaurant industry.”
The Michigan Conservative Coalition (MCC) is helping to coordinate this program they are calling Food for the Front. They are recruiting restaurants to participate in the program that will keep health care workers and others on the frontlines well-fed as they combat the coronavirus.
“Our organization has the volunteer team and capabilities to make this happen quickly,” said West Bloomfield activist Marian Sheridan, who co-founded the MCC and serves as local organizer of the Food for the Front partnership.
In the first run of what they hope will be many, MCC activists aided by the lawmakers and restaurateurs delivered meals to the Huron Valley Hospital Intensive Care Unit. They ensure that all support will go to the Food on the Front partnership during the time of the crisis.
“We are an all-volunteer organization where 100% of the donations made by the community will go to purchase meals,” Sheridan said . “Our partnership with area restaurants will continue as long as we can pay for meals. We are focusing our support on the first responders and healthcare professionals.”
They encourage anyone who wants to participate in the program to donate a meal by visiting their website or by sending a check to their office at 500 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake, MI 48390. They can be reached by phone at 616-987-1124.