INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — If you follow celebrities such as Sterling K. Brown or Melissa McCarthy on social media, you might have seen them talking about and backing a national movement to support restaurants, while at the same time, feeding health care heroes.
It’s called Frontline Foods, and so far, they’ve provided more than 275,000 meals in 55 cities. The campaign has now made its way to central Indiana, thanks to an IU medical student.
“All of us are super passionate about helping our health care heroes, and we also want to save our favorite local restaurants,” Megana Rao said.
As of May 9, Rao said more than 1,000 local health care workers will have received meals, and all of the food is from roughly 10 local restaurants.
“I definitely think it was unique for us because we’re watching our mentors, our professors, our friends, they’re all working on the front lines,” Rao said. “They’re working incredibly hard and under so much stress, so I remember at the beginning of the pandemic, I really wished that there was something I could do. Obviously being a medical student, I can’t go on the front lines, but I wanted to figure out a way that I could still support them. So, when I heard about Frontline Foods, I was like ‘this is awesome. This is a great way to help out while doing my part by staying home and social distancing.'”
Rao said she talks with other Frontline Foods organizers from across the country and said Melissa McCarthy actually dropped in on one of those calls — along with her husband, Ben Falcone, and Octavia Spencer.
Rao said they need help with donations right now to be able to keep delivering these meals. Click here to donate.