To give thanks to the county’s many at-risk health care workers, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce launched a fundraising campaign two months ago to provide weekly meals from Loudoun eateries to hardworking medical professionals.

Ultimately, the “Feed Loudoun’s Health Care Heroes” initiative concluded having raised $12,000 in direct donations and another $5,000 through in-kind donations from participating restaurants, allowing the chamber to serve 1,300 meals to hospital employees, according to organization representatives.

“The COVID-19 crisis could have been far worse here in Loudoun, were it not for the hard work and sacrifices of our health care professionals and their hospital employers,” Loudoun Chamber President and CEO Tony Howard said in a prepared statement.

Howard continued, “’Feed Loudoun’s Health Care Heroes’ was an expression of our collective gratitude for all that these heroes have done to care for our sick and help limit the spread of this awful disease.”

Further, officials said the campaign served as an opportunity to financially support Loudoun Chamber-member restaurants, most of which saw a sudden, 80-90 percent drop in revenue as they were restricted to delivery and carry-out service.

Restaurants that participated included Bonefish Grill Ashburn, Brew Birds, Buffalo Wing Factory, Chick-fil-A Lansdowne, Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm, Famous Toastery Ashburn, Il Cappero, King Street Oyster Bar, La Villa Roma, Matchbox Pizza, Paisano’s, The Wine Kitchen and The Zone, per the release.

All meals were reportedly packaged and delivered with strict health and safety protocols in place, and most participating restaurants contributed additional food and drinks than initially expected.

Contributions from Sterling-based marketing firm CBDx and print shop Copy General helped make “Feed Loudoun’s Health Care Heroes” possible, officials said. More information on the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce is available atloudounchamber.org.

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