The Gary Sinise Foundation is donating 20,000 meals to Veterans Affairs’ health care and frontline workers fighting against COVID-19.
“VA’s Voluntary Service is working with the Gary Sinise Foundation Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service to identify the more than 80 VA medical facilities across the nation that will receive the meals over the coming weeks,” said the VA.
“Donations like this mean a lot to our VA staff as they are on the front lines of caring for our nation’s Veterans every day,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We are very appreciative of this donation during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Fields explains where the donated meals will come from. They “will come from restaurants near these facilities, stimulating local economies and helping communities,” she stated. She also said that each facility will receive up to 250 donated meals, “depending on size and need.”
The Organization’s Mission
In the Gary Sinise Foundation website, the organization explains that they “serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.”
The organization provides help through the Gary Sinise Foundation Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service. It has been providing personal protective equipment and donating decontamination equipment across the country since April 1st.
“We developed a campaign to address COVID-19 called our Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service,” Sinise said last month. “We’re supporting first responders, frontline workers, health care workers, gold star families, you name it. Everybody’s been impacted by having to stay home from work or go to work because they’re a first responder and they’re needed out there, so we’re trying to make a difference.”