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Feeding Our Frontline Heroes

Scripps Encinitas hospital workers are working tirelessly to aid and lift up patients during the COVID-19 surge. You can lift their spirits and support local businesses that continue to be impacted by lockdown restrictions with one act of kindness! Provide satisfying meals to help our healthcare and restaurant heroes today.

Please type in “Feeding Frontline Heroes” under the Purpose section of the donation form

In mid-December Encinitas resident Syndee Wood quickly mobilized a group of neighbors and friends interested in supporting ICU staff with hot meals from local restaurants as they worked long hours to help patients suffering from COVID-19.  What started as a one-time effort has since raised thousands of dollars from many contributors to purchase meals from Encinitas restaurants, and support scores of ICU, ER, and hospital staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital. The double bottom line nourishes our frontline workers while keeping important and treasured local eateries in business.  Scroll through pictures of the initiative’s impact in the gallery to the right!

“These donations are more than just money, and they’re more than just food. These donations of yours are love and support. What you’re doing is the answer. The solution.” – Syndee Wood

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Corner Pizza in Leucadia teamed up with Feeding Our Frontline Heroes in an effort to send maximum pizzas to the hospital. They held a pizza match fundraiser that raised enough funds to donate 72 pizzas to the hospital. That’s a lot of pizza!

Click on the image below to learn more about Feeding Frontline Heroes as featured in KPBS News

“Your donation becomes part of a phenomenon that has brought joy, hope, strength, nourishment, warmth, respite, and perhaps even a moment of peace, to every single person involved in the process. It gives you a pocket of goodness in your heart, which is yours to keep. You get to say, ‘I was part of that, and it felt good.’ – Syndee Wood

It’s possible to make tax-deductible donations to Feeding Our Frontline Heroes through Impact Cubed. Impact Cubed is honored to support our neighbors and partners, spread awareness, and spark more giving in our community.

Please type in “Feeding Frontline Heroes” under the Purpose section of the donation form

“As someone who has contributed both money for the food, and time to deliver it, my heart has been filled with hope.”

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We have felt so overwhelmed and the support from the community helps us feel stronger in dealing with this, the most challenging issue we have ever faced in the healthcare profession. Just that alone, in addition to the food, gives us strength and helps us keep going on.

As a result of the pandemic, I’ve often felt powerless to ease anyone’s suffering or hardship. This project has helped me to feel empowered again, in safe and meaningful ways, by supporting the frontline workers who are working tirelessly to help as many people as they can. The small business owners who greet me with boxes of food and gratitude for a large order remind me that some of us need word of mouth and money as support right now. The nurses who come to my car to pick up the meals I am delivering are overwhelmed with gratitude because good morale and community support is what they need right now. 

This heartwarming project has been an incredibly rewarding experience for our awe-inspiring frontline heroes, our struggling local restaurants, and our generous community members all at once. I am truly honored, and so very grateful, to be a part of this amazing collaboration of community caring and kindness.

Some participating restaurants include (list in formation):
Chainline Brewing Company
Chicks Natural
Corner Pizza Leucadia
Filiberto’s Mexican Food
Fish 101
Five Guys Encinitas
Healthy Creations Cafe
In-N-Out Burger Encinitas
Isabelle Briens French Pastry Bakery
Jorge’s Mexicatessen
KC’s Tandoor
The Kebab Shop Encinitas
Los Tacos Encinitas
Mexico Viejo Encinitas
Oggi’s Encinitas
Pandora’s Pizza
Rico’s Taco Shop
Rosanna’s Pasta Shop
Subman Sandwich Shop
Sushi Lounge Encinitas
Tin Leaf Cafe
Wholly Crepe

Click on the image to the right to read U.S. Representative Mike Levin’s honoring of Syndee for his January Constituent of the Month!