Community coordinates meal service for stretched-thin healthcare workers

Admissions are surging at Columbia, Mo.-based University Hospital, and the community is stepping up to take meal prep off employees' plates, the Columbia Missourian reported Jan. 2. 

Seventy-eight percent of beds at the hospital are occupied because of the "tripledemic" of COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus and influenza, forcing many healthcare workers to take double shifts. The local rotary club has relaunched a program it began in 2020 — "Meals for Healthcare Heroes" — to feed overworked hospital staff. 

Money is raised via a GoFundMe page, then sent to local restaurants, who will deliver meals to healthcare employees. 

University Hospital is a member of MU Health Care. 

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