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Milwaukee chef delivers hundreds of meals to nurses working in COVID-19 units

The phrase "front line worker" has taken new meaning in the last several weeks. They're the people in our community who must report to work, who don’t have the luxury of working from home. The reality is, these workers put themselves at risk for the safety of the whole community.

Now, in return, one small and dedicated Milwaukee group is working to show its gratitude.

Below, learn about a local chef who is stepping up to deliver meals to Froedtert Hospital, directly to nurses in the COVID-19 units.

Kathy Papineau runs a catering company and a community kitchen in the Riverwest neighborhood. After the pandemic began, she teamed up with her friend, attorney Jay Urban, to create a grassroots organization called Healthy Eats for Milwaukee's Hospital Heroes.

Urban provided an initial $5,000 seed investment to purchase organic food and the hospital-required individual packaging. Meanwhile, Kathy developed a menu of nutrient-dense foods, "brain food" as she calls it, to deliver to those nurses working on the front lines.

For the the last two weeks, the pair have served 120 meals each week to Froedtert. They're also planning to cater an additional meal -- brunch on Easter Sunday.

Learn more about their partnership in the interview above. You can also support the initiative on the group's Paypal page.

Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee