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The Frontline Foods story begins with Sydney Gressel, a pediatric nurse at UCSF in San Francisco. Her friends asked her how they could help her and her colleagues on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis and she answered: “Pizza”. Initially, the idea was to boost morale among clinicians working long hours, but when shelter in place was enacted and restaurants throughout the city closed, clinicians could no longer step off the unit to grab food nearby. Deliveries of prepared food became a core support measure for frontline workers.

Sydney’s friends realized that two issues brought about by COVID-19 could be tackled through a single program: if restaurants could prepare meals for healthcare workers using money given to them through donations from the community, this would bring back business and keep their kitchens open, while also providing workers on the frontlines the fuel they need. As it turns out, similar ideas had sparked all over the country and what began as independent efforts with a shared vision has become a unified movement with a shared mission: support our local restaurants that have been impacted by shelter-in-place measures, while feeding healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.

This website is dedicated to telling and sharing stories like Sydney's. The COVID-19 outbreak has tragically cut so many lives short and brought the threat of extinction to the forefront of the restaurant industry. But there are people leading the charge right now to spark a little positivity in the world. Here at Frontline Stories, we hope to report on those people and bring them closer to you.

 

Hospital Partners & Donation Info

Advocate Condell Medical Center

Location:

  • 801 S Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048

COVID-19 Donations/Support

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Location:

  • 836 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

COVID-19 Donations/Support

Advocate Trinity Hospital

Location:

  • 2320 E 93rd St Chicago, IL 60617

COVID-19 Donations/Support

AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital

Location:

  • 355 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

COVID-19 Donations/Support

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Location:

  • 225 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

COVID-19 Donations/Support

Community First Medical Center

Location:

  • 5645 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60634

Volunteer Opportunities

Edward-Elmhurst Health Center

Location:

  • 8 Salt Creek Ln, Hinsdale, IL 60521

COVID-19 Donations/Support

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Location:

  • 1969 Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Phone Number/Contact info

La Rabita Children’s Hospital

Location:

  • 6501 S Promontory Dr #1003, Chicago, IL 60649

COVID-19 Donations/Support

Lawndale Christian Health Center

Location:

  • 3860 Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60623

COVID-19 Donations/Support

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Location:

  • 251 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611

COVID-19 Donations/Support

Roseland Community Hospital

Location:

  • 45 West 111th Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60628

COVID-19 Donations/Support

Rush Copley Medical Center

Locations:

  • Rush Copley Medical Center, 2000 Ogden Ave., Aurora, IL 60504

COVID-19 Donations/Support

Rush University Medical Center

Location:

  • 1620 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60612

COVID-19 Donations/Support

Saint Anthony Hospital

Location:

  • 2875 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60623

COVID-19 Donations/Support

South Shore Hospital

Location:

  • 8012 S Crandon Ave, Chicago, IL 60617

COVID-19 Donations/Support

Swedish Hospital

Location:

  • 5140 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

COVID-19 Donations/Support

UChicago Medicine

Location:

  • 5841 S Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

COVID-19 Donations/Support

University of Illinois at Chicago

Location:

  • 1740 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612

COVID-19 Donations/Support

West Suburban Medical Center

Location:

  • 3 Erie St, Oak Park, IL 60302

COVID-19 Donations/Support

 

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