‘Feed the Fight Norfolk’ aims to support restaurants while feeding hospital workers


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — People across our region are stepping up to help their neighbors during this pandemic.

That includes Gail Englert, who organized “Feed the Fight Norfolk.” She was inspired by a similar group in Durham that supports local restaurants by paying them to make food for hospital workers and first responders.

“Feed the fight Norfolk, VA wants to support local restaurateurs who are struggling under the stay at home requirements by asking them to partner with us to provide meals to healthcare workers at the hospital,” Englert said.

Englert said people in Hampton Roads had donated $1,300 as of May 2, which provided 300 meals to hospital workers at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

By May 8, after this WAVY story originally aired, the group received another $1,000 in donations. That has helped them deliver food and snacks to more hospital workers and local firefighters.

She’s grateful for the community’s support so far.

“The people here are giving, a giving community. They do care about each other, so this was very confirming,” said Englert. “For me, I felt so helpless, I just felt like I wasn’t doing anything to help. Once this started and I realized it was really going to take off, it was such a gratifying feeling to know that I could be a part of it.”

Englert said the program is almost out of money, so she is hoping people will donate. You can visit their Facebook Page, GoFundMe, or email Englert at genglert@cox.net.

“There are other units at the hospital that I would love to feed and there are other restaurants that I would love to help by partnering with them,” said Englert.

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