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Health care workers get free meal in show of support

Seven food trucks rotated throughout the day handing out over 1,000 meals to staff all day.

Posted: Apr 30, 2020 11:40 PM
Updated: May 1, 2020 10:47 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Health care workers at RiverBend Hospital in Springfield were provided a free meal on Thursday as a sign of gratitude from the community for their hard work.

Seven food trucks rotated throughout the day handing out over 1,000 meals to staff all day. Burgers, burritos, and sandwiches are just some examples of the food offered to the health care workers. Tina Noland, the donation coordinator for PeaceHealth, said she is amazed by all of the outpouring support from the community.

"I get goosebumps when I think about it," Noland said. "I’ve seen so many wonderful things come from people just with handmade masks that they willingly donate to us."

ER Technician Alicia Holihan said just small gestures like a free meal helps not only her and her colleague's morale and mood, but her patients as well.

"Some of these patients, it’s the worst day of their life," Holihan said. "Some of these patients are not going to be walking out of our hospital, the last thing they ever need to see is somebody being angry, disappointed, or who do not want to do their jobs​."

PeaceHealth and Country Financial, who organized the event and paid for the food trucks, said local businesses are being helped too.

They said nearly $12,000 was pumped into the local economy.

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