District of Columbia State Farm agent Edwin Ampiah-Addison is demonstrating what it means to be a “good neighbor” during this challenging time by sponsoring 3,000 meals for those on the front line of COVID-19.
In teaming up with on this COVID relief effort with Tyrone White, owner of MLK Deli, and Veda Rasheed, candidate for Ward 7 City Council, 1,000 meals will be prepared each week for individual groups that include health care workers, police, firefighters and postal workers.
“I want to help those on the frontline because it’s the right thing to do for our fellow man,” said Ampiah-Addison, who’s been a State Farm agent for three years. “Health care workers, police, firefighters and postal workers are risking their lives and families lives for us. It’s the least we can do to help make their jobs a bit easier.”
So far, medical staff at BridgePoint Hospital, Children’s National Hospital, United Medical Center, Washington National and Whitman-Walker Health and have received meals.
At lunchtime on Friday, April 17, the team planned to include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital with meals served from the MLK Deli (3113 MLK Jr. Avenue SE).
Meanwhile, White and Ampiah-Addison have teamed up before on a charity project, so when the coronavirus crisis struck the D.C. area, Tyrone reached out to form a plan.
“I really want to help those fighting this terrible disease on the front lines,” White said. “I feel so blessed. I want to let them know that their sacrifice is not going to go unnoticed.”
Rasheed worked with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East to connect the team to the health care community.
“Our front-line health workers are the first responders in the fight against the coronavirus,” Rasheed said. “As many of us are staying home to flatten the curve, they are being tasked to step forward. They’re taking care of us. We need to help take care of them, which is what we are doing by making sure they have nutritious meals.”