In the midst of an unprecedented world-wide epidemic, a remarkable partnership came together. A collaboration of an unconventional trio― a construction firm, a restauranteur, and a nonprofit corneal eye bank used sheer ingenuity to fortify our healthcare professionals while supporting local restaurant workers in this time of need. Aldrich + Associates joined forces with Chef John Howie and SightLife to provide meals to hospital staff on the frontline of COVID-19 while putting restaurant workers to work in our community.

On Friday, April 3, 2020, 300 individually wrapped meals prepared by chefs at Chef John Howie’s Beardslee Public House Restaurant were delivered by SightLife couriers, Aldrich and John Howie to EvergreenHealth and Overlake Medical Centers. From these efforts grew ‘Fortify the Frontlines’ — offering the community a way to donate and provide meals to healthcare workers who put themselves at risk every day on the frontlines of the corona virus. Since that first Friday in April, donations have furthered this initiative to secure a total of 1,500 meals over three weeks, prepared and delivered to two additional hospitals—Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center.