Kansas City, Missouri 2021-01-13 20:56:27 –
Kansas City, Missouri — When the COVID-19 pandemic began about 10 months ago, two Kansas City Metro restaurants joined forces to feed neighbors and frontline workers at the University of Kansas Health System. ..
“The charitable part of this is really, really great, but it’s still all about relationships, do you know?” Said Vic Allred, owner of Jazz: A Louisiana Kitchen. “If you can serve someone who has crushed your ass all day long, you might get a delicious hot meal from jazz … that’s not so many, but something.”
Jazz and d’Bronx Pizzeria have been serving weekly meals since April, a gesture that hospital workers don’t take for granted.
“It’s great that they kept thinking about us and supported us,” said Jeff Nover, vice president of support operations at the hospital.
The owners of these neighbors’ restaurants said they were just checking their families, much like they would bring food to someone’s front door after their neighbors experienced grief.
“We wanted to continue to serve the people who serve us. Heaven forbids you to get infected with COVID, so maybe that’s where I go, right?”
Lenning Bell, general manager of d’Bronx Pizzeria, agreed that he was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and was treated with KU.
“We are looking at the big picture, and as long as we can continue, we will do so,” Bell said. “That’s where I went, and I really can’t sing enough of their praise.”
According to registered nurse Taylor Cleary, one less thought and preparation for healthcare professionals working hard against the new coronavirus means the world.
“Everyone is really excited because sometimes it’s really depressing to work in the hospital depending on how busy we are and how our patients are spending now,” Cleary said. It was. “So one little thing is really appreciated. It shows that people outside the hospital still care about what the nurses and we are doing.”
And that is Bell’s intended mission.
“I think people really want to be a community. [ask]”What’s in it for me?” Bell said.
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