Proviso Mental Health Commission urges community support
“This is a win-win-win for local restaurants, medical workers, and residents who want to give back to workers affected by the pandemic,” said Melrose Park Trustee and former PTMHC board member Arturo Mota. “People are under stress and have anxiety because of this virus and it’s great to see the Mental Health Commission partner with us to reduce this stress on the community.”
“This local business, which is already taking a financial hit from the virus, has been donating meals to hospitals including Gottlieb, MacNeal, UIC Hospital, Advocate Christ, Loyola, and Lurie Children’s Hospital,” said PTMHC Board President Mike Corrigan. “We are asking residents to also step up and buy some meals for these people who are working exhaustive hours and putting themselves at risk responding to this pandemic.”
Aracely’s Bakery made its first meal delivery on Saturday, March 21 to McNeal Hospital as a show of support and solidarity with workers there. Aracely’s bakery is a family owned business that operates five bakeries in the near west suburbs. The LaGrange location is run by Junior Pinal and his wife Araceli Rincon. Rincon’s sister is a nurse practitioner and the idea for providing meals came about after the family talked about the impact of the pandemic on health care workers.
Pinal estimates that he has delivered as many as 500 meals to ten hospitals from Saturday to Wednesday.
“We want these workers to know that we are supporting them and stand behind them,” said Pinal. “Some of the health care workers that I’ve spoken with feel like they’ve been forgotten since we are under the shelter in place order. These meals are a small token of our appreciation but they mean a lot.”
Pinal said that $10 provides one meal which includes a sandwich, chips, cookies, and a soft drink. Since healthcare employees are working round the clock, he said that they also include tamales, muffins, and other bread.
Individuals wishing to purchase meals for hospital workers should go to the GoFundMe page at:
Funds will be used to buy meals from local restaurants which will then be donated to area first responders working to quell the COVID-19 pandemic.