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With the spread of COVID-19, ensuring that the country pulls together has never been more important. This pandemic will force frontline medical staff to dig deeper than ever before. So we must dig deeper too.
Feed the Heroes is a simple way you can make a difference. Your donation will help sustain those on the frontline, ensuring they get nutritious meals as they work longer shifts, have little time or facilities to prepare food and as demand grows and overwhelms existing catering systems.
However, with the situation rapidly evolving, we need to ramp up our efforts. So your help and generosity is needed now more than ever. So please show your support for our frontline heroes and give what you can, as soon as you can.
We’re committed to supporting frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 by delivering for our donors and valuing and respecting our partners. Though not yet a registered charity, we aim operate at all times with their guidelines of maximum efficiency and transparency.
Feed The Heroes
Our final order of the night went to the night shift heroes at Vincent’s Hospital. This from Monsoon in Stillorgan…
Hi everyone, It’s been a fortnight since we setup our gofundme to Feed the Heroes. You all have pushed us…
Good morning to you all. Since we kicked off we have delivered over 10,000 meals to frontline staff across the…
A week ago today, we setup a go fund me and website to get food to the frontline. Since then…
I’m one of those for whom this virus could be a death sentence! More than once, these heroes have saved me. Thank you for then, and now. Stay safe and hope NOT to see you this time ’round! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
My name is Fiachra and i am seven years old. I wanted to give you five euro from my savings because the virus is super strong and try your best to stop the virus. Thanks a lot. You’re doing a great job minding sick people.
As a healthcare worker who was fed by you last week, I’d like to pay it forward. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. It’s so appreciated. X
We will never be able to thank you all enough for the selfless work you are doing every single day. The LEAST we can do is feed you all
I am so thankful to every one of you. We are all thinking of you and appreciate your dedication. We will get through this.
Thank you is not enough!
So grateful to all front line staff for their dedication, service and courage.
Feed the Heroes (“FTH”) is an initiative developed in response to the uniquely challenging circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak in Ireland. Nowhere are these challenges more apparent than amongst those personnel working at the front line in the fight against COVID-19 whether in hospitals, emergency services, contact tracing centres, testing centres, Garda stations and other settings (“Frontline Staff”).
It is recognised that the long shifts which Frontline Staff are being required to work, the number of personnel which have been recruited to assist in the emergency, and the location from which Frontline Staff are being asked to operate (often outside typical healthcare environments) means either that traditional on-site catering systems are being overwhelmed, or that no such catering services exist.
In each case, the personnel concerned would, absent intervention from initiatives such as FTH, be forced to get by on nutritionally sub-standard meals and snacks. The aim of FTH is demonstrate support for and solidarity with Frontline Staff by ensuring that, to the extent possible, they receive nutritious meals to help sustain them, thereby boosting physical and mental well-being amongst Frontline Staff and, ultimately, helping to facilitate the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and its treatment in Ireland.
The FTH project is exclusively targeted at supporting Frontline Staff until such time as the COVID-19 emergency is brought under control and the demands on the personnel concerned are brought within a normalised range. It is not possible to predict with certainty what this period will be. However, it is estimated that the project will continue for a period of three to four months from the time of inception of FTH.
There is a strong desire from those behind the project to apply a high degree of rigour and governance to the structures unpinning the project for its anticipated short duration. At present, FTH is actively seeking to establish whether a requirement exists for the project to become a registered charity with the Charities Regulator and has engaged with the Charities Regulator in this regard. To the extent that such an obligation exists, FTH will fully comply with all of its legal and statutory obligations. In any event, FTH will seek to follow and adopt the policies contained in the Charities Governance Code set down by the Irish Charities Regulator.
To this end, FTH has created an Advisory Group composed of experienced professionals from different industries which will meet on a regular basis with a view to ensuring that best practice in maintained in all facets of the operation and governance of the project.
FTH is funded entirely from donations made by the public. Monetary donations are principally received and aggregated though the FTH “Go-Fund-Me” web-page. All monetary donations are ultimately collected in a segregated bank account for FTH.
In addition to monetary donations, FTH has received (and hopes to continue to receive) very generous offers of support in kind from the public.
As highlighted above, given the intended short duration of the project, FTH anticipates that all funds raised and resources donated to it will be fully deployed by the time the project reaches its conclusion. However, to the extent that, for whatever reason, not all monetary resources available to FTH have been deployed by that stage, an onward donation of any surplus funds will be made by FTH to a suitable registered charity or charities in Ireland whose values most closely align with those of FTH.
Together with the Advisory Group, FTH is supported by a team of volunteers involved in the fundraising, project management, communications, and logistics elements of the project. Everyone involved in FTH is participating on a completely voluntary basis and is receiving no remuneration or other personal advantage in return.
Every effort will be taken to ensure that the procurement process for third party services by FTH is transparent, without personal bias or favouritism and that it achieves maximum value for the proceeds which are donated to the project.
Equally, however, it must be recognised that (a) FTH is a rapid community response to an unprecedented national emergency, and (b) the primary service to be procured by FTH – meals for Frontline Staff – is a time critical commodity (not to mention that the window for Frontline Staff to take meals are also specific and limited).
Accordingly, the procurement process of FTH must be capable of being agile and reactive to the needs of the project and its beneficiaries. Also, where selected suppliers have demonstrated a proven ability to deliver, FTH will place value on this track record when making future procurement decisions.
In this context, the primary principles adopted by FTH in selecting supplier of meals are as follows:
For logistical reasons, the close proximity of the supplier to the need is of critical importance.
In light of the aim of providing nourishing meals to Frontline Staff to help sustain them, selection takes account of the type and quality of food on offer.
The potential for a given supplier to scale in circumstances where needs are anticipated to increase in a particular area in the future will be important.
The price per meal must fall within what is considered acceptable value by FTH having regard to the other criteria identified above.
The procurement of third party services by FTH, including meals, follows a standard process of issuing a purchase order to the supplier and the settlement of account by invoice/bank transfer upon delivery of the service. FTH utilises the digital platform – Procurement Express – for this purpose.
FTH is committed to ensuring that all its communications and dealings with the general public and its supporters are of the highest possible standard. FTH will listen and respond to the views of the general public and its supporters with a view to delivering the maximum success for the project.
FTH welcomes both positive and negative feedback. If you do have a complaint about any aspect of FTH’s work, you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide as much information as possible and your contact details and somebody in the FTH team will respond to you as soon as possible.
The spread of Covid-19 means the country is not only facing its biggest ever health crisis but also uncertain economic times. Ensuring that people and business pull together and work with a common purpose, has never been more important.
This pandemic will stretch resources of our Frontline medical staff like nothing we’ve seen. They are being asked to dig deeper than ever before. So, we must dig deeper too.
At Feed the Heroes we’re asking Irish people and businesses to join the thousands of individuals who have already donated more than €700,000, allowing us to drop over 25,000 meals to frontline workers in hospitals, emergency services, contact tracing centres and Garda stations nationwide. Many of these people are working long shifts and cannot leave the areas in which they are posted to visit available canteens or to go outside for food.
However, with the situation rapidly evolving and up to 700,000 medical staff to sustain, we really need Irish companies and corporations to get involved. Our goal of delivering 30,000 meals a day won’t be possible without a monumental effort on everyone’s part.
We understand many businesses are struggling in the current climate, so any help you or your business can give will be most gratefully received by those on the frontline. Your company’s generosity is needed now more than ever, so please support our Frontline Heroes and give what you can, as soon as you can.
Remember, only by working together can we put COVID-19 behind us and get back to doing what we do best. Show your support now by emailing or using the pledge form.