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LOMBARD – Righteous Kitchen, founded last year by Mimi and Matt Tolkin of Lombard, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to provide meals to healthcare workers and others during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mimi Tolkin notes the business, in addition to meal prep for home delivery and pickup, ordinarily prepares, delivers and serves over 500 meals each day to schools and offices throughout DuPage County and beyond.
"However, these are extraordinary times and our operation is sitting largely unused," she said in an email. "Rather than keep our staff unemployed and in an effort to keep an otherwise robust commissary kitchen running, we decided to raise funds through our Righteous Kitchen Feed the Frontline initiative in order to donate free meals to healthcare workers in the area.
"We've heard from several local hospitals and even local fire departments that this is something they'd welcome." … We're optimistic we'll reach our goal of $20,000, which would provide 100 meals delivered for 20 days," Mimi Tolkin said.
As of 3 p.m. March 24, the drive had raised $4,440, according to the web page, which states:
"Thank you for all of your generous donations. We now have enough to start deliveries this Thursday (March 26). First deliveries are going to the Edward Hospital respiratory and pulmonology departments' afternoon, evening and overnight shifts."
Tolkin stated they are coordinating with other local hospitals, as well, and are getting calls from first responder departments and organizations for the home-bound elderly. She adds that all meals are delivered by their own team members, who are trained in proper food handling, sanitation and delivery.
To donate to the drive, visit gofundme.com/f/righteous-kitchen-feed-the-frontline.
To read last fall's Taste of the Town feature on Righteous Kitchen in Lombard, a from-scratch, prepared meal delivery and grab-and-go pickup business, go to shawurl.com/3cpr or learn more at righteouskitch.com.