Coronavirus News: Long Island restaurant owners deliver donated meals to healthcare workers overnight

Monday, May 4, 2020
Long Island restaurant owners deliver donated meals to healthcare workers overnight
Two Long Island restaurant owners join forces to make sure all healthcare workers who work overnight receive meals to get them through their shift.

SYOSSET, New York (WABC) -- When Long Island's John Murray discovered that overnight healthcare workers were being overlooked, he wanted to take matters into his own hands and give back to his community.[br /][br /]"My sister-in-law is an overnight nurse at Syosset Hospital and I heard that one morning she had to have an ice cream sandwich for breakfast because there was no food to be had," said Murray. "The idea was at first to feed just her at her hospital and I started thinking if this is a problem at her hospital there's probably problems everywhere. My group 'Feed the Nurses' focuses on feeding the overnight staff nutritious meals."[br /][Ads /][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Feed the Nurses[/url] has fed over 15,000 meals to over 20 medical centers and Murray doesn't plan on stopping there. He's managed to partner with another Long Island restaurant owner, Justin Heath, to collaborate and recruit even more volunteers to make these overnight meal deliveries.[br /][br /]"You can tell that they feel when we are dropping things off that they've been forgotten about," said Heath. "We had a couple of people break down and cry for it."[br /][br /]Some of the drop-offs consist of protein shakes, fruit, granola bars, and other non-perishable items.[br /][br /]"A lot of them are shocked," said Murray. "I walked into Southside Hospital when we first started with the yogurt and granola, the nurse at the admitting desk actually started crying. She was saying how people never remember the night shift and I was like 'well we're here to take care of you and we're going to be here as long as we can.'"[br /][br /]All volunteers provide their own transportation to conduct drop-offs and aim to deliver to hospitals by 1 a.m.[br /][br /]"We want to feed everybody," said Murray. "These people are our best shot and only shot against this virus so we got to make sure they are taken care of."[br /][br /]---------[br /][br /][b]Contact Community Journalist Alex Ciccarone[/b][br /][b][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Submit a tip to Alex[/url][/b][br /][b][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Follow Alex on Facebook[/url][/b][br /][b][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Follow @Alexabc7NY on Twitter[/url][/b][br /][b][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Follow @Alexabc7NY on Instagram[/url][/b][br /][Ads /][br /]url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""][h3]MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGE[/h3][/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Frequently Asked Questions[/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Where are the testing centers[/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Free educational resources for parents and children[/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]How you can help victims of coronavirus[/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Where is COVID-19 now? and other resources[/url][br /][url HREF=";-4000-people-under-quarantine/5989875/" TARGET="" REL=""]Coronavirus news and live updates in New York[/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Coronavirus news and live updates in New Jersey[/url][br /][Ads /][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Coronavirus news and live updates in Connecticut [/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]New York City updates[/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Long Island updates[/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]How coronavirus is leaving ghost towns in its path[/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Coronavirus prevention: how clean are your hands?[/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Social distancing: What is it and how does it stop the spread of coronavirus?[/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Coronavirus closures and cancelations[/url][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Coronavirus tips: What Americans need to know[/url][br /][br /][b]Related Information[/b][br /][url HREF="" TARGET="_blank" REL="nofollow"]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus[/url]