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DLDA look for volunteers to feed frontline workers of the pandemic

The Downtown LaGrange Development Authority is asking people to help feed workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DLDA launched a Feeding the Frontlines program in the spring, where area restaurants would cook for hospital workers. The idea behind the program was that local people and businesses would donate to the program, who would then partner with a local restaurant to cook a big meal to feed between 20 and 50 people.

The point of the program is to show appreciation for people who are putting their health on the line while helping patients impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

When Troup County’s COVID-19 numbers improved, focus on the program waned some, but now that numbers are climbing again, DLDA Executive Director Bill Hunnicutt is asking for people to give if they can.

“It doesn’t have to be big donations,” Hunnicutt said, noting that every little bit helps.

This week the DLDA was able to feed about 80 frontline workers at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. Hunnicutt said the Feeding the Frontlines program fed doctors and nurses from the ICU, respiratory therapy department and the COVID-19 floor.

“That was the group that had really been pushed to the brink with this new outbreak,” Hunnicutt said.

The DLDA had more than $1000 in donations to spend for that meal.

“The thing people need to know is every penny that comes into that account goes to feeding or gifting somebody working on the frontlines,” Hunnicutt said.

Area restaurants cook the meals in a rotation. The one this week was prepared by Venucci’s and Mare Sol.

To donate, visit https://feeding-the-frontlines-lg.constantcontactsites.com