In Chapel Hill and beyond, the coronavirus pandemic has endangered small businesses and threatened to overwhelm local hospitals. Liddy Stewart and Phoebe Murray, two sisters and UNC graduates, are working to help both.
The community fundraiser, called Feed the Fight Chapel Hill, works to deliver fresh food from local restaurants to UNC Health Care workers fighting COVID-19. The sisters collect donations through a GoFundMe page and use it to purchase the meals.
“The idea of it is it being a win-win for restaurants and health care workers, because we’re supporting the restaurants financially and we’re showing the health care workers our appreciation,” Liddy said.
So far, Feed the Fight Chapel Hill has partnered with restaurants including Brandwein's Bagels, The Purple Bowl, Merritt's, Carolina Brewery, Al’s Burger Shack, Vecino Brewing Co. and Sutton's Drug Store.
“The restaurants have been so pumped to get on board," Stewart said. "Obviously, they’re really struggling right now, so every single restaurant we’ve reached out to has been thrilled about this opportunity to get paid — and the fact that they’re sending their food to health care workers makes it all the better.”