One woman makes big difference in community response to COVID

A New York woman is proving how one person can make a difference after launching an effort to help hospital workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anna Azvolinsky created a meal service that’s now served over 2,000 meals from 13 restaurants at seven local hospitals.

“Virtually overnight, the lives of our brave doctors, nurses, and EMTs have been completely transformed by COVID-19,” said Anna.

“By providing nutritious meals delivered directly to hospitals, we are caring for medical professionals’ health and showing we appreciate the absolutely vital work they do to help keep the rest of us safe.”

The movement began when Anna was quarantining with her family at her Upper East Side home and found seven N95 masks in her basement.

After making a few calls, she wound up donating the masks to the ER department at Mt. Sinai West.

She then asked the hospital workers how the community could help. The response: good meals, meals the staff doesn’t have time to cook at home or order during their shift.

That night, March 30, with the help of her husband Joel and his business partner Ryall, was up and running and collecting donations.

The idea is simple: Meals4Heroes partners directly with the ER and ICU departments at local NYC hospitals.

Monetary donations received through Meals4Heroes are used to buy individual meals for all of the healthcare workers during a shift (typically between 30 and 50 people) from local restaurants (not national chains).

“The donations make twice the impact as they help feed our frontline healthcare workers who are in the hospitals around the clock tending to patients and support our local restaurants to help them stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Anna.

Anyone can help by making a donation online to You can also sign up to sponsor a hospital, volunteer with the team and launch a program in your city.
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