Brown Smith Wallace Partners with Restaurant Group and Food Pantries to Feed Local Health Care Workers and Families Facing Food Insecurity
(ST. LOUIS, May 1, 2020) The accountants and business performance advisors at Brown Smith Wallace raised more than $10,000 to help restaurants and food pantries serve those making the greatest personal sacrifices for the health and safety of the community, as well as those in dire need of food.
Working with the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, some of the funds raised were used to feed 100 BJC Health Care Heroes working to treat COVID-19 patients at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Missouri Baptist Medical Center on Thursday, April 30. OG Hospitality, operators of The Shack, The Tavern Kitchen and Bar and the Corner Pub & Grill, prepared and delivered the meals.
“COVID-19 has hit the restaurant community harder than most,” says Jon Fogarty, OG Hospitality Managing Member. “Doing what we can to serve the community, even at the most challenging time for our business, is important. The first responders on the front lines are risking their personal health, and that of their families, to save lives. I can’t think of a more important job right now. OG Hospitality is proud to help.”
The remaining funds will be donated to Food Outreach, Circle of Concern, Jewish Family Services of St. Louis and the Youth & Family Center food pantries to help families facing food insecurity.
According to Feeding America, a US-based hunger-relief organization that partners with a network of 200 food banks across the country to feed millions of people each year, nearly 150,000 St. Louis County residents and nearly 80,000 St. Louis City residents are food insecure.
“Undoubtedly, the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the hunger issue throughout the St. Louis area,” says Cyndi Miller of Circle of Concern Food Pantry. “We have seen a 20% increase in the number of families we serve over this same period in 2019. We know that other pantries are experiencing similar increases. Food banks and pantries are welcoming both cash and food donations right now to meet the growing need in our community.”
“Supporting our clients, colleagues and communities is at the center of everything we do as a firm,” says Tony Caleca, Managing Partner of Brown Smith Wallace. “Our role in this effort is minimal. It’s the least we can do for the St. Louis community, which has given us so much over the years.”
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