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Program fuels local restaurants, feeds healthcare workers

Local restaurants provided 400 meals to lab workers at the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill on Wednesday.

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"Feeding the Soul" program
Kathy Hanrahan, Out
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Local restaurants helped provide 400 meals to lab workers at the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill on Wednesday.
The delivery was part of the "Feeding the Soul" program, a partnership between the NCHF COVID-19 Healthcare Hero Response Fund and local restaurants to provide meals to healthcare workers.

The program allows people to purchase meals from local restaurants to be delivered to the workers. All monetary donations go to support local restaurants and feed healthcare workers.

The meals on Wednesday were provided by chef Ashley Christensen's restaurant group, Panciuto, Trophy Brewing and Capital Club 16.

"Wee know that our healthcare workers need to know they are appreciated right now. They are doing hard work every single day," NC Healthcare Foundation Strategy and Program Development Officer Jai Kumar said. "We had this idea to partner with local restaurants and provide meals to healthcare workers. We thought it was a win-win situation.

The statewide fund is initially focusing on communities hit the hardest by the coronavirus, according to program's website.

Since starting two weeks ago, the fund has raised more than $21,000 and delivered more than 1,400 meals. Donations are tax deductible and can be made online via the Feeding the Soul website.

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